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Arizona ruling on return of seized marijuana stands

PHOENIX — The Arizona Supreme Court is letting stand a lower court’s
ruling that the Yuma County sheriff must return marijuana seized from a woman
with a California medical marijuana authorization honored by Arizona.

The justices without comment on Monday declined to review a January ruling by
the Court of Appeals.

The January ruling said medical marijuana seized from Valerie Okun must be
returned to her.

It said that’s because Arizona’s medical marijuana law allows people with
medical marijuana authorizations from other states to legally possess marijuana
in Arizona.

The marijuana was found in Okun’s vehicle at a Border Patrol checkpoint near
Yuma. State drug charges against her were dismissed after she showed authorization under California’s medical marijuana program.

Prosecutors argued that federal drug law invalidates Arizona’s medical
marijuana law.

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