The Arizona Supreme Court is letting stand a ruling made by a lower court which mandates that the Yuma County sheriff return cannabis which was seized from a California woman who’s an authorized medical cannabis patient in her home state.
The court allowed the ruling to stand without debate, claiming that Arizona state law explicitly recognizes patients from other states; Arizona is one of the only medical cannabis states to have such a provision – Montana is another.
The case is based on a situation in which the above-mentioned woman was caught with cannabis while going through a border checkpoint near Yuma County. Charges were subsequently dropped after she was found to be a patient, but her medicine was never returned.
Prosecutors arguing against returning the seized cannabis argued that federal drug law invalidates Arizona’s medical cannabis law, something the state’s supreme court clearly disagreed with.