Arizona D.A. Seeking Felony Charges for College Student Caught With a Half-Gram on Campus


Andre Maestas, from Facebook.

The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office (yes, that Maricopa County) is prosecuting a college student with a medical-marijuana card for felony possession of less than a gram of weed.
Andre Lee Juwaun Maestas, a 19-year-old Arizona State University student, could end up with a felony on his record, probation and stiff fines because of the March discovery of about .6 grams of marijuana and some smoking paraphernalia in his dorm room.

On the other hand, the case could also end up in Maestas’ favor — a scenario which could have the added effect of overturning a 2012 law that prohibits patients from possessing medical marijuana on college campuses.
Tom Dean, Maestas’ lawyer, has filed a motion to dismiss the case based on the idea that the 2012 law was an illegal addition to the voter-authorized act. It appears to be the first major challenge to the 2012 campus-ban law, which passed with bipartisan support and a two-thirds majority.
More at the Phoenix New Times.