CO Law Enforcement Won’t Return Marijuana

The Colorado Supreme Court ruled Monday that it is a violation of federal law to force state law enforcement officers to return marijuana to defendants that have been acquitted. The Court determined that if Colorado law enforcement officers were forced to return marijuana to defendants, they would be in violation of distribution laws under the federal Controlled Substances Act. The ruling overturns a Colorado Court of Appeals decision which ruled that law enforcement officers must return marijuana to anyone charged with illegal marijuana possession who is then acquitted.  In the ruling, The Colorado Supreme Court determined that Colorado’s marijuana laws do not protect officers from acting unlawfully under federal law.

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