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Arizona county loses appeal over marijuana seizure

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has refused to overturn Arizona court
rulings ordering the Yuma County sheriff to return marijuana that was seized
from a woman with a California medical marijuana authorization honored by

The justices’ order was issued without comment Monday in the case of Valerie
Okun, who had marijuana in her car when a Border Patrol agent stopped her and
her husband in Yuma County, Ariz., in 2011. She was charged with marijuana
possession crimes, but the charges were dropped when she provided proof she was
authorized to possess marijuana under California’s medical marijuana program.

Arizona’s medical marijuana law allows people with authorizations from other
states to have marijuana in Arizona.

But the Yuma County sheriff refused to return Okun’s marijuana, even after
Arizona courts ruled in her favor.


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