MMJ patient busted for smoking MMJ

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Jessica Voden shows the card she received in the mail the day after her jury trial.
  • Jerry McBride/Durango Herald
  • Jessica Voden shows the card she received in the mail the day after her jury trial.

Jessica Voden, a 22-year-old student at Fort Lewis College in Durango, was found guilty of smoking marijuana in public, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia after being caught by a parking attendant smoking medical marijuana in her car, reports the Durango Herald.

Durango lawyer Stuart Prall, who represents dispensaries and patients, said patients aren't allowed to smoke in public — that's the bottom line — but it's unfortunate that Voden was left with virtually no other option.

It was unrealistic for her to go home because she lived more than an hour away in Pagosa Springs, he said. The most private location she could smoke was in her car, he said.

"What a gray area," Prall said Monday. "She should not have been smoking it in public, but she was in a difficult position as a patient.

"I think that we've lost sight of what's important — that these patients need to get affordable meds, and we need to stop prosecuting people for using them," he added.

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