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Senate panel OKs tossing seized medical pot

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PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona Senate committee has approved a bill giving law enforcement the right to destroy legal medical marijuana it seizes during the course of an investigation.

The bill by Sen. Kimberly Yee is 1 of several making their way through the Legislature that would change the 2010 voter-approved law allowing medical marijuana use in the state.

Yee argued that her bill clarifies the law to protect law enforcement officers from being caught between federal law that bars all marijuana possession and use and the state law. She read a letter from Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk urging lawmakers to pass the bill.

But the policy director for the ACLU of Arizona says it runs afoul of a state appeals court ruling allowing the return of medical marijuana.

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