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All Over America Police Are Being Ordered To Return Seized Cannabis To Medical Marijuana Patients

A police officer next an opened trunk car has been ordered to give back confiscated marijuana.


All Over America Police Are Being Ordered To Return Seized Cannabis To Medical Marijuana Patients

While there once was a time that any seized pot was thought to be destroyed (or discreetly consumed by stoner law enforcement) we are truly in a new age.

This Supreme Court of Arizona (SCOA) ordered, without comment, that Yuma County, Ariz., officials must return the seized cannabis of medical cannabis user Valerie Okun. After a Yuma County judge ordered the weed returned, the case was appealed to the Arizona state Supreme Court, which in turn affirmed the county ruling.

In 2013, police in Tacoma, Wash., were ordered by Municipal Court judge Jack Emery, to return the cannabis of Joseph L. Robertson, an authorized medical marijuana patient. Unsurprisingly, Tacoma police refused. Judge Emery, called the refusal “contemptuous” and again ordered police to return Robertson’s weed.

In December of 2013 the Oregon Court of Appeals ruled that police return the hashish of medical marijuana patient James J. Ellis. Ellis’s attorney, Leland Berger, also was “Guru of Ganja” Ed Rosenthal’s attorney in a case in Medford, Ore., regarding the seizure of Rosenthal’s cannabis as he was traveling home from the Medford airport to his home in California. Berger was successful in Rosenthal’s case, Rosenthal returned to Oregon one year later to consume the seized cannabis with activists from Southern Oregon NORML to celebrate the win.

Last year in Lynnwood, Calif., police returned growing equipment and the remains of over 200 plants to Sky High Gardens.

But it is not always just cannabis that law enforcement has been ordered to return.

Last year in Michigan, six-month-old Bree Green was ordered returned to her medical cannabis using parents. The Greens, initially facing felony drug charges, are now able to resume growing their own children and medical cannabis.

Do you know anyone who has had their cannabis returned by the police? Tell us in the comments below!



  1. javon ezell

    September 15, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    im having a problem trying to get my medical marijuana back from fairfield ca police i been blame for 3 robberys and carjacking and they dropped charges im looking for a lil help please

  2. Sarah

    April 26, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    I won’t tell you anything new, but this is just the same with everything in life.
    You’d think past showes us anything, but that’s so rare.
    Hate all you want but the world changes, and we have no control over it.
    For instance, If only Obama had enough balls to put Vladimir to his place, but it seems like it’s not happening, welcome third world war.
    A profound post, thanks!

  3. uuberdude

    April 23, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    Yeah. Me. 4 zips and a gram of hashish were confiscated along with paraphernalia and scales during a roadside stop. The Birch Run, MI police department was ordered to return it all. It was a pleasure to walk into the station, sign for it, laugh, and leave.

  4. Tami Joslin

    April 23, 2014 at 12:32 am

    I don’t know of any that has been returned. I wish I did. I do know that the federal government and state government need to knock off the kid games. If it is legal in a state then the federal government should not arrest and convict people with medical marijuana cards for growing in a state where it is legal. I have seen and heard of to many in California that are persecuted for doing what they were told is ok. I don’t understand why adults seem to have the need to be so childish or to take pleasure in humiliating others.

  5. Steve Green

    April 22, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    we did not get any plants or cannabis back but we did get our baby Bree back she is doing great & we are very happy to be together & healthy again. I’m seizure free again. thank you for your article & a Big shout out to The Human Solution & all the Michigan Court & Rally Supporters.

  6. Corey Richland

    April 22, 2014 at 11:06 am

    In 2011 I was living in Colorado and left a friends house round 3am and was pulled over by a state trooper. They smelled marijuana in the car and asked where is it. I handed over my 2oz of pot then handed them my mmj card. They made me do the road side test then arresting me for a DUI. After letting me go later they ended up handing me my bag of pot back. I was in complete shock. How can someone get a DUI for pot then get the pot back.

  7. Axel Junker

    April 21, 2014 at 7:13 am

    Well, indeed…: There`s a man suffering from multiple sclerosis here in Germany (in a city called Mannheim), who won his case after a five years trial and a high court decision. They gave him back all his homegrown weed, but because of wrong storage at the prosecutors building he couldn`t use his stuff anymore.

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