Medical Monday: Marijuana In Arizona

Arizona may have passed medical marijuana laws in 2010 and have recreational marijuana on the ballot this November, but that doesn’t mean law enforcement officers are going to be lax with marijuana cases. In July, the Arizona Supreme Court made a significant ruling stating that police can still use the odor of marijuana as probably cause to pull an individual over. Chief Supreme Court Justice Scott Bales, the judge who made the ruling, made it very clear that the only permissible uses of marijuana are the specific circumstances dictated by the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act.

Prior to Justice Bales’ decision, the Court of Appeals issued a ruling in 2015 stating that the smell of marijuana was no longer enough to prove probable cause that a crime has been committed. With Justice Bales overruling of the appeals court’s decision, law enforcement officers will have the freedom to pull individuals over based on

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