By Associated Press
(AP) — Arizona’s medical marijuana law doesn’t allow smoking marijuana in public places, and a new court ruling says patients with state-issued medical marijuana cards don’t have immunity to use marijuana in a parked car.
The Arizona Court of Appeals ruling Thursday affirms misdemeanor convictions of two cardholders caught smoking cannabis inside a car parked near a Mesa music festival.
The court rejected the argument by Matthew and Elena Tagge that their medical marijuana cards provided immunity from prosecution and said they ceded their immunity by smoking marijuana in a public place.
One judge on the panel mentioned that immunity still applies to a cardholder in a place that is traditionally private, such as a closed bedroom of a mobile home parked in a public lot.
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