Yuma County Loses Appeal Over Marijuana Seizure

March 31, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court will not overturn Arizona court rulings in a marijuana case out of Yuma County.

The high court refused to overturn state court rulings that ordered the Yuma County sheriff to return marijuana it seized. The woman had a California medical marijuana authorization that is 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 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 recognizes that people with authorization cards in other states can legally have marijuana here. But the Yuma County sheriff refused to return Okun's marijuana, even after Arizona courts ruled in her favor.