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Senate panel OKs tossing seized medical pot

PHOENIX — An Arizona Senate committee has approved a bill giving law
enforcement the right to destroy legal medical marijuana it seizes during the
course of an investigation.

The bill by Sen. Kimberly Yee is one of several making their way through the
Legislature that would change the 2010 voter-approved law allowing medical
marijuana use in the state.

Yee argued that her bill clarifies the law to protect law enforcement officers
from being caught between federal law that bars all marijuana possession and use
and the state law. She read a letter from Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk
urging lawmakers to pass the bill.

But the policy director for the ACLU of Arizona says it runs afoul of a state
appeals court ruling allowing the return of medical marijuana.

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