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A King County judge has ordered the Washington State Patrol to return nine ounces of medical marijuana to an authorized patient.
During a routine traffic stop, a state trooper smelled Scott Verner’s cannabis, searched his vehicle and seized the medicine, even though Verner showed his medical marijuana paperwork to the officer as required by law.
The trooper told Verner he was allowed to use medical cannabis, but not to transport it by vehicle.
“Congratulations to Cannabis Defense Coalition member Aaron Pelley, the attorney on the Verner case,” said Ben Livingston of the CDC. “Aaron made the news last September after winning the return of over 11 pounds of medical marijuana from the Kent Police.”
”Undereducated and misinformed law enforcement routinely offer erroneous legal analyses when arresting medical marijuana patients,” Livingston said. “Hearing cops say ‘I know the law’ then proceed to egregiously misquote the law serves only to increase the sense of fear and helplessness felt by Washington State medical marijuana patients.
“The night (or more) in jail only adds to that,” Livingston said.
Verner v. King County is the first case in the CDC’s Medical Marijuana Reclamation Project to be argued in court, according to Livingston.
“Our goal with this project is to correctly inform errant law enforcement agencies about Washington’s voter-approved medical marijuana law,” Livingston said.
If you know of a Washington medical marijuana patient whose marijuana was falsely seized, contact the Cannabis Defense Coalition at [email protected] or call toll-free (888) 208-5332.