According to reports out of Arizona, there have been several incidents of police in Gilbert, Arizona taking valid medical marijuana cardholders to jail, despite ample evidence of their legality under Arizona’s new medical marijuana law.
One man says he was pulled over by Gilbert police late one night and despite having only a half ounce of cannabis in clearly labeled baggies and a valid Arizona medical marijuana card – which allows patients to posses up to 2 1/2 ounces of marijuana – he was taken to jail.
But law enforcement in other areas of Arizona seem to be aware of the new medical marijuana law – like Scottsdale’s police spokesman, Sergeant Mark Clark, who said if someone is caught with 2 1/2 ounces or less of marijuana and has a valid state medical marijuana card, “the investigation stops there.” And Phoenix Sergeant Steve Martos, who said, “If you’re within the legal amount of whatever, you’re good to go. There’s no reason for us to do anything.”
So what’s the problem with Gilbert police? Is it a case of rogue cops high on power, not willing to accept some of their arresting power being taken away?
With Governor Brewer being opposed to medical marijuana in the first place, it’s doubtful that state authorities will be doing anything to bring Gilbert police back into line with the law.
It seems the battle for medical marijuana in Arizona is far from over.