The Predictive Validity of Marijuana Odor Detection
Myrstol, Brad A. and Brandeis, Jason. (Jun 2011). The Predictive Validity of Marijuana Odor Detection. Report prepared for the Alaska State Troopers. Anchorage, AK: Justice Center, University of Alaska Anchorage.
Summary: This study provides an empirical estimate of the extent to which Alaska State Troopers (AST) investigators’ detection of marijuana odors served as a reliable indicator of the presence of illegal quantities of marijuana in suspected structures/buildings. It also provides a detailed description of marijuana grow searches conducted by AST investigators. Data were compiled from the case records for all marijuana grow searches conducted by AST for the years 2006, 2007, and 2008 (n=200).