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Ruling topples law restricting medical marijuana on Arizona college campuses

Posted at 8:35 PM, May 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-24 01:23:46-04

An Arizona Supreme Court decision Wednesday overturns a 2012 state law that made possession or use of medical marijuana on university and college campuses a crime.

The justices said the Legislature didn't have legal authority to enact the 2012 prohibition because it effectively changed Arizona's medical marijuana law in violation of state constitutional protections for voter-approved laws.

The medical marijuana law approved by voters in 2010 prohibited possession in certain places but the ban didn't include higher education campuses.

The decision vacates the marijuana possession conviction of a man whose Arizona State University dorm room was searched after police found him sitting on a street with a medical marijuana identification card in his pocket.  

Police found marijuana in the man's dorm room.