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Arizona court rules no medical pot immunity in parked cars

May 10, 2019
In this June 17, 2015, file photo, marijuana plants grow at LifeLine Labs in Cottage Grove, Minn. Arizona's medical marijuana law doesn't allow smoking the drug in public places, and a court ruling says people with state-issued cards entitling them to use cannabis don't have immunity in a car in a parking lot.. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)
In this June 17, 2015, file photo, marijuana plants grow at LifeLine Labs in Cottage Grove, Minn. Arizona's medical marijuana law doesn't allow smoking the drug in public places, and a court ruling says people with state-issued cards entitling them to use cannabis don't have immunity in a car in a parking lot.. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona’s medical marijuana law doesn’t allow smoking the drug in public places and a court ruling says people with state-issued cards entitling them to use cannabis don’t have immunity in a car in a parking lot.

The Arizona Court of Appeals ruling Thursday affirms misdemeanor convictions of two people caught smoking marijuana 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 cautioned 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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