Court: Medical pot law doesn't invalidate man's arrest


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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man has lost his bid to use the state's medical marijuana law to avoid a criminal conviction.

A state appeals court on Tuesday rejected George Myers' claim that a search of his car in 2012 in Cumberland County should have been thrown out.

Myers argued the 2010 law making pot legal for some medical uses means police can't automatically use the smell of marijuana to justify a search

An officer found marijuana and a gun when he questioned Myers and a few friends. Myers pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a gun and was sentenced to five years.

The appeals court noted Myers didn't claim to be authorized to smoke pot for medical purposes. It also said that even legal users can't drive while smoking the drug.

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