Central York School Board member faces marijuana charge: Police

Meredith Willse
York Dispatch

A Central York School Board member will appear before a district judge June 28 on a marijuana possession charge, according to police reports. 

York County Regional Police said Corey L. Thurman, 43, had pulled up to a red light at Springwood Road and Chestnut Hill Road at 9:58 p.m. on April 19 when a patrol officer stopped behind him.

Thurman, a Democrat who joined the board this past November, was a professional baseball pitcher for the York Revolution and the Toronto Blue Jays.  

The officer reportedly noticed a burnt marijuana odor outside when no other vehicles were around, according to court records. The officer followed Thurman as he turned onto Springwood Road, still allegedly smelling the odor.

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When Thurman pulled onto Pauline Drive, the officer pulled him over and conducted a traffic stop, the report states. The officer claimed to notice an “overwhelming odor of fragrance followed by an odor of burnt marijuana” as he stood next to the driver’s side of the vehicle.  

After Thurman consented to have his car searched, the officer found two cigar wrappers, each containing marijuana. Police said a pre-rolled marijuana cigarette found inside one of the cigar wrappers field-tested positive for marijuana and weighed 1 gram.  

Corey Thurman

Thurman faces a single misdemeanor charge of possessing a small amount of marijuana for personal use. His preliminary hearing is set for June 28 before District Judge Scott Laird.

Thurman and his attorney have not responded to requests for comment, as of Thursday.

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In December, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that the smell of marijuana can be a factor police use to justify a search without a warrant but can't be the sole basis for it. It wasn't clear Wednesday if the officer in Thurman's case had additional cause for the search.

York Regional Lt. Ken Schollenberger said the officer involved is an expert on the law for driving while intoxicated by drugs and alcohol. He said the officer followed the law of needing a cause, consent or a warrant to search the car.  

— Reach Meredith Willse at mwillse@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @MeredithWillse.