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Court Rules Arizona Sheriff Must Return Marijuana Seized From Woman

PHOENIX (AP) — Yuma County authorities are expected to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review an Arizona ruling that the county’s sheriff must return marijuana seized from a woman with a California medical marijuana authorization honored by Arizona.

The Arizona Court of Appeals ruled in January that the marijuana must be returned to Valerie Okun because Arizona’s medical marijuana law allows people with medical marijuana authorizations from other states to legally possess marijuana in Arizona.

The Arizona Supreme Court on Monday declined to review the January decision.

The marijuana was found Okun’s vehicle at a Border Patrol checkpoint near Yuma.

State drug charges against her were dismissed after she showed she had authorization under California’s medical marijuana program.

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

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