The Alaska Supreme Court ruled that a locality's voter initiative, which required new mining operations in the town's vicinity to seek a permit from the city before seeking state and federal approval, was preempted by the Alaska Land Act. Read more at the Courthouse News Service.
An Arizona appeals court ruled that the smell of marijuana, absent other indicators of criminal activity, was no longer enough to establish probable cause sufficient to obtain a search warrant. The court explained that with the passage of the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, searches based on scent could unconstitutionally intrude on the privacy of legal marijuana users. Read more at the Arizona Daily Star.