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Legal Pot in California Irrelevant in Itasca Co. Case

Created: 05/27/2014 1:33 PM WDIO.com

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The state Court of Appeals has upheld the drug conviction for a man who claimed he should have been allowed to show that he can legally possess marijuana in California for medical purposes.

Jeffrey Thiel was convicted in Itasca Co. District Court of fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance after authorities found two jars of marijuana in his vehicle in 2011. He wanted the case dismissed, saying Minnesota law violates his rights. But the appeals court disagreed.

Thiel also argued he should've been allowed to present a defense showing he can have the drug in California. But the appeals court says that evidence is irrelevant.

Thiel's attorney didn't immediately return a message seeking comment.

Minnesota recently passed legislation that bans smoking the drug, but allows certain patients to use it in oil or pill form.

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