Jonathan Udell, Rose Law Group cannabis department co-chair, talks to New Times about whether legal cases could undermine Prop 207 protections

By David Abott | Phoenix New Times

Arizona courts are dealing with legal challenges to possession protection.

A criminal case making its way through state appellate courts could give law enforcement legal tools to circumvent protections enjoyed by pot users that were enshrined in Proposition 207.

The Mohave County case, like two similar cases before it, determines how to balance the rights of adults in the state to possess legal amounts of cannabis against police claims that they can enforce federal laws on state highways.

The cases renew focus on the conflict between state and federal pot policy. Almost every state has legalized medical or recreational use, but cannabis is still federally illegal and listed as a Schedule I narcotic on the same level as drugs such as heroin, LSD, or peyote.


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