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Medical marijuana card holder arrested for possession won't face charges

Medical marijuana card holder arrested for possession won't face charges . (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky, File)

A Green Country woman cited for possession of marijuana last month despite having a medical marijuana license will not face charges.

Regina Gist, 49 of Sallisaw, was arrested and cited on Sept. 25 for misdemeanor possession of marijuana following a traffic stop in Adair County.

Despite providing a medical marijuana license, Gist was cited by an Adair County Sheriff’s Office deputy for possession.

Wednesday, the District Attorney’s Office announced its is dismissing the case against Gist due to confusion over how State Question 788 is being implemented.

District Attorney Jack Thorp said Gist appeared to be under the impression she was following the law, even though she had purchased marijuana from an illegal street dealer because she has a valid medical marijuana card.

Thorp added that until confusion is cleared up around the implementation of S.Q. 788, charging cases like Gist's will be a difficult task.

While Gist was in possession of marijuana not sold by an authorized dispensary, she is legally allowed to possess up to three ounces.


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