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The Arizona Supreme Court rejected arguments by prosecutors that marijuana is strictly regulated by the federal government, leaving police legally powerless to turn marijuana over to anyone else. They gave no reason for their ruling.

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PHOENIX -- Medical marijuana patients whose drugs are taken by police are entitled to get it back, the Arizona Supreme Court has ruled.In a brief order, the justices rejected arguments by prosecutors that the drug is strictly regulated by the federal government, leaving police legally powerless to turn marijuana over to anyone else. They gave no reason for their ruling.

By Howard Fischer July 10, 2013