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The initial issue would be whether or not the neighbor is legally smoking marijuana in the apartment....if so, then your local police should respond to a call by you and go to the apartment and investigate and charge the person with possession of the drugs. But, if the neighbor is legally in possession of the drugs, then you would be restricted to asking the landlord to take action to seal the pipes or to prohibit the tenant from smoking in the property.
The only other alternative would be to sue the tenant and landlord for a private nuisance and ask the court to require the landlord and tenant to correct the issue as this problem is preventing your right to quiet enjoyment.
The smell is one factor in determining whether there's a reason to investigate....so that should be the probable cause to allow the officer to enter the premises
So, I can't understand the police refusing to investigate based on the smell coming from the apartment. It may be that you need to call back and speak to a commanding officer.