- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

SHOW LOW, Ariz. (AP) - The Arizona Supreme Court is considering whether people with medical marijuana cards can be prosecuted for driving while having traces of marijuana in their system.

The high court heard an appeal Thursday from two people who were convicted in Mesa Municipal Court of driving while impaired because they had marijuana metabolites in their system.

The Court of Appeals ruled that they could not use a state law that bars such prosecutions for people having prescriptions for drugs.

That’s because doctors give medical marijuana “certifications” under the 2010 Medical Marijuana Act and not actual prescriptions.

Mesa prosecutors pointed to plain language of the law requiring a prescription. But attorneys for the defendants say reading the law that way would make medical marijuana card holders choose between their medicine and their licenses.

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