Medical marijuana is not OK
July 10, 2009
A California man allowed to possess medical marijuana in his home state will avoid jail time after he was caught in the Park City area with about three ounces of the leafy, green substance.
Scott Dominick Harrison, 21, pleaded guilty to one count of possession or use of a controlled substance, which is a class A misdemeanor. When he was sentenced July 6, Harrison was put on probation for 12 months and ordered to pay a $550 fine.
Harrison was booked into the Summit County Jail May 27 after marijuana was found inside his car on eastbound Interstate 80 near Jeremy Ranch, the authorities said.
When Harrison was pulled over for speeding and failing to signal before changing lanes, officers found marijuana inside the BMW M3, according to court papers.
The Summit County Sheriff’s Office seized several glass jars containing raw marijuana and packaged cookies and brownies made with marijuana, Summit County Attorney David Brickey said, adding that a glass pipe was also found inside the car.
Some of the marijuana had been purchased from a store in Oakland, Calif., which distributes the drug to patients authorized by their doctors to use pot.
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"Evidently, California has decided it’s OK to possess marijuana," Brickey said.
But marijuana cards from the state do not authorize holders to use the drug in Utah, Brickey stressed.
"His attorney said [Harrison] has got a medical-use license," Brickey said in an interview. "But he better not get stopped in Utah because it’s illegal. California medical marijuana cards are not legal in Utah."
In Utah, a person cannot operate a motor vehicle with any marijuana in their system, Brickey said.
Harrison told 3rd District Court Judge Bruce Lubeck that he needed the marijuana for his back pain.
"The judge just rolled his eyes," Brickey said.