The 1764 parliament repealed taxes on molasses and other goods.
You have been accused of smuggling!
By the Writs of Assistance, we are permitted to search your home without a search warrant!
Colonists participated in a boycott where they refused to buy goods from the British. The British stopped making revenue, so they canceled taxes on all goods.
Prior to the parliament, colonists had difficulties buying items because the taxes were so high. As a result, colonists often stole goods, specifically molasses.
The Writs of Assistance was created so officers could search any accused smugglers houses. Accused smugglers would not get a trial, so this was unfair towards anyone who did not smuggle. This angered colonists because it limited their freedom and rights.