Ariz. county loses appeal over marijuana seizure

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Associated Press

Posted on March 31, 2014 at 8:04 AM

Updated Monday, Mar 31 at 8:03 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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 Arizona.

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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