July 9, 2013 · 0 Comments
By Steve Elliott
The Arizona Supreme Court on Monday let stand a lower court’s ruling that the Yuma County sheriff must return cannabis seized from a woman with a California medical marijuana authorization honored by Arizona.
The justices, without comment, declined to review a January ruling by the Court of Appeals, reports The Associated Press.
According to the January ruling, medical marijuana seized from patient Valerie Okun must be given back to her.
That is because Arizona’s medical marijuana law — approved by voters in 2010 — allows people with medicinal cannabis authorizations from other states to legally possess marijuana in Arizona.
The cannabis was found in Okun’s vehicle at a Yuma checkpoint of the Border Patrol. Drug charges against her were dismissed after she produced a California medical marijuana authorization.
Prosecutors unsuccessfully tried to claim that federal marijuana laws invalidate Arizona’s medical marijuana law.