Panel: Lay Persons Can Identify Marijuana Based On Experience Despite Daubert

(March 15, 2016, 9:59 AM EDT) -- LAKELAND, Fla. — A trial judge did not err in allowing an arresting officer’s testimony regarding the detection of marijuana on a juvenile, a Florida appeals panel affirmed March 11, finding that the standard set forth in Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharm., Inc. (509 U.S. 579 [1993]) “does not change the long-established rule that lay persons can identify marijuana based on their personal experience and knowledge” (R.C. v. State of Florida, No. 2D15-1738, Fla. App., 2nd Dist.; 2016 Fla. App. LEXIS 3762).

(Opinion available. Document #30-160415-005Z.)...
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