Valerie Ann Okun may not get much use out of her weed when it’s returned it to her. It’s been in police custody for nearly three years.
But it’s the principle that counts. And on those grounds, Okun won, big time. On March 31, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered the cops who took her medical dope to give it back to her.
They’ve lost and appealed every previous court ruling. This decision, however, is final. Unlike earlier, short-lived victories, this time Okun will get her pot back for real.
The case started in Yuma County, Ariz., in 2011. Okun, an Encinitas resident with medical marijuana in her car, was driving with her husband when a U.S. Border Patrol agent stopped her.
Okun was arrested, detained by the Yuma County Sheriff’s Department, and charged with possession of cannabis. But the charges were dropped after she provided her California MMJ card. Arizona’s Medical Marijuana Act says patients from other states can carry pot in Arizona.
Okun was released, but authorities wouldn’t return her pot. County and state officials in Arizona fought every step of the way to keep her from getting it back. They said little to explain why they kept appealing the case after so many losses.
Unfortunately, the pot has likely lost most of its potency. If only Okun could get the Supreme Court to order the Yuma County Sheriff’s Department to grow her some more.