U.S. Supreme Court: Arizona Police Must Return Cannabis to California Patient

In a ruling handed down without comment, the United States Supreme Court has refused to overturn prior court rulings stating that the Yuma County Sheriff gavelmust return cannabis that was seized from a California patient. Arizona’s medical cannabis law is one of the only in the country that legally recognizes patients from other states.

The ruling came as a response to a case where Valerie Okun, a qualified medical cannabis patient in California, had cannabis seized by a border patrol agent in Yuma County, in 2011. She was charged with cannabis possession, with the charges eventually being dropped when she provided proof of being a medical cannabis patient. However, police refused to return the seized cannabis, even after an Arizona Supreme Court ruling.

Now police will be forced to return the lady’s medicine, as the highest court in the U.S. has made their ruling clear (it was Yuma County police that brought the issue to them on appeal).

This ruling will set immediate precedent throughout the state.


About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.


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  1. scott steven

    Colorado has 5 sister states actually that recognize each other medical cards. Hopefully this will be a NATIONAL Trend.

  2. Kevin

    Not so. Michigan as well as Colorado right off the top of my head have reciprocity written into their laws. Thereby honoring patient cards from other medical states.

    1. Kevin

      My previous comment was in regard to this part of the story: “Arizona‚Äôs medical cannabis law is one of the only in the country that legally recognizes patients from other states.” sorry for forgetting to quote in my initial post.

      1. Danielle

        “…one of the only…” Not the only. So, technically, the article is correct.

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