Marijuana

Medical-Marijuana Destruction Bill Likely Dead, Says Lobbying Firm; Amendments Possible on Pot-Packaging Bill

State Senator Kimberly Yee's plan to let cops seize and destroy medical-marijuana at their whim appears dead, a political consultant for the dispensary industry says.

Jason Rose, previously a PR guy for the likes of Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Andrew Thomas, now counts among his clients the Regulated Dispensaries of Arizona Association. The burgeoning industry has been concerned about two of the Republican politician's proposals -- the seizure bill, SB 1441, and a bill that deals with the packaging and advertising of medical marijuana, SB 1440.

As we noted when Yee first floated the bills last month, the seizure bill allowed police to destroy seized medical-marijuana even when the patient had a legal right to possess it. For example, an officer who takes custody of a couple of ounces of pot during an investigation could learn that the patient's registration card was valid, yet would be legally able to destroy the pricey produce.

Rose says he believes that bill has died due to concerns that it might violate Arizona's 1998 Voter Protection Act.

See also: Mel McDonald, Former Anti-Drug U.S. Attorney, Speaks Against Pot-Destroying Law

See also: Kimberly Yee, State Lawmaker, Wants to Give Cops the Right to Destroy Seized Medical Pot -- Even if Cops Seized it Illegally

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Ray Stern has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for Investigative Journalism.