California Police Return Pot to Patient Three Years Later

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A medical marijuana user whose pot was seized nearly three years ago by California police is again a happy man.

A judge on Tuesday ordered Huntington Beach Police to return about four ounces of marijuana to Jim Spray, a 52-year-old trade show decorator who claims he uses the drug to relieve pain from a herniated disc.

Spray, 52, was arrested in 2006 with nearly 4 ounces of marijuana and a $1,000 growing system, which included special lighting and water-timing system. Charges were later dropped.

"It's still good," Spray told "I almost forgot about all this."

Police have been struggling to decide how to deal with a 1996 California law allowing marijuana use for medical reasons. Federal law, however, prohibits all marijuana usage.

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