Marijuana Update

New state medical marijuana bills are starting to roll out as the legislative season gets underway. In Arizona, the state Court of Appeals ruled that the Yuma County sheriff must return marijuana seized from a California medical marijuana patient. The court said that the seized medical marijuana must be returned because Arizona’s medical marijuana law allows people with authorizations from other states to legally possess marijuana in Arizona. Also, state inspectors gave the okay to the state’s first commercial cannabis kitchen. The kitchen, Heavenly Harvest, provides edibles for patients of the Green Halo dispensary in Tucson and plans to supply other dispensaries as they open. In California, San Diego Mayor Bob Filner stepped up for medical marijuana by halting the prosecution of dispensaries there, however; federal prosecutors say they are still going to enforce the Controlled Substances Act. Marijuana bills have been introduced in Illinois, Kansas and New York, and a recent poll in New Hampshire found that 68% of voters support a medical marijuana law in the state.

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