Contact: Captain Eben Bratcher or Alfonso Zavala
Phone: (928) 783-4427


3:00 PM, July 10, 2013

Medical Marijuana Ruling


Location of Incident: Yuma, AZ

In light of the recent ruling on the Valerie Okun case, Sheriff Leon Wilmot has released the following statement:

On July 9, 2013 I became aware of the Arizona Supreme Court’s refusal to review the Valerie Okun case. It was unfortunate that the Arizona Supreme Court refused to review this case especially considering the broad implications on local Law Enforcement’s ability to enforce State vs. Federal law.

Our concern is that any Court stating that a Law Enforcement agency will have immunity from prosecution in itself is evidence that the act is criminal in nature. We are in the business of enforcing laws—not breaking them.

This particular case raises red flags for this agency due to the fact that the act being ordered by the court is also a Felony chargeable offense by Federal Law.

With that being said, our office has been in discussions with the Yuma County Attorney’s Office and at this time I anticipate that they will be preparing a Petition for Writ of Certiorari to the United States Supreme Court, asking that the Okun case be considered for review.

Information Released By: A. Zavala, PIO