Should police be able to seize medical marijuana?
Reporter: Liz Kotalik
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - It's an age old lesson: don't take what isn't yours.
But when it comes to medical marijuana, State Representative Ethan Orr says it's not that simple.
"This bill was at the behest of the police departments and the county prosecutors."
This bill is SB 1441.
Representative Orr and other house judiciary committee members voted yesterday to pass it on to the House.
It says if any marijuana is seized in a criminal investigation, police can destroy it, whether it's legally possessed or not.
As Aari Ruben prepares to open his dispensary in East Tucson, he says legislation like this has potential to be misused.
"We want to know that we're safe there, and that our property is safe there, and that medicine that we're trying to produce is going to make it to patients who need it."
These are all concerns Representative Orr says he understands, and that's why he's pushing to make changes to the legislation.
It would be seized and destroyed, but the person would get their money's worth if the drugs is proven to be legally owned.
But that causes problems too.