A federal judge has ruled that Arizona’s controversial law that lets police search a person’s home for marijuana is unconstitutional, effectively overturning it.
The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that police cannot stop people from searching their homes under the state’s “Home Search and Seizure” law, which has been a lightning rod for controversy since it was enacted in 2015.
The law allows police to search homes, vehicles and apartments under certain circumstances.
The ruling by Judge Susan L. Carney in the U.N. District Court for the Northern District of Arizona came after a legal challenge that has been ongoing for years.
The Arizona Supreme Court heard oral arguments in February, but the state Supreme Court, which is controlled by Republican Gov.
Doug Ducey, rejected the petition to vacate the decision.
The Arizona Constitution requires a majority vote in order for a law to be declared unconstitutional.
The Ninth Circuit ruling could have broader implications for other states that have similar laws.
The U.K. has already decided to repeal its “Home Searches and Seizes” law in response to a ruling from the U,N.
The Supreme Court in March upheld a British law that allowed police to stop and search anyone for up to 10 minutes without probable cause, and another in Australia that allows police officers to search a home for up 30 minutes without a warrant.
In the U., Colorado Gov.
John Hickenlooper (D) last year signed a bill that would allow the use of the state-approved warrantless marijuana searches for any law enforcement purpose.
The bill is currently being reviewed by a state legislative committee, which could take up the issue in the near future.