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Court ruling says those on probation OK to use medical marijuana

<> on April 18, 2010 in Daly City, California. Photo: Image by Getty Images

Court ruling says those on probation OK to use medical marijuana

CREATED Jul 28, 2014

TUCSON (AP) - A new court ruling says Arizona judges can't order people on probation to not use medical marijuana.
   
A split ruling issued Friday by a three-judge state Court of Appeals panel in Tucson overturns a Cochise County Superior Court judge's order that a drug-case probationer not use medical marijuana.
   
The probationer had agreed to a plea agreement that included the prohibition but later tried to changed.
   
The panel's majority ruling says judges can normally prohibit use of marijuana as a term of probation. But the majority ruling says that authority must bow to the medical marijuana law's provision that exempts use of marijuana for medical purposes from criminal laws.
   
A dissenting judge disagreed, citing the probationer's acceptance of the terms of his probation.