Ex-prosecutor to testify on marijuana law changes

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX (AP) -- A former U.S. attorney for Arizona is scheduled to testify in the Arizona House against a bill that would allow medical marijuana seized by police to be destroyed.

Mel McDonald is also a former Maricopa County prosecutor and believes the bill already approved by the Senate undermines the state's voter-approved medical marijuana law. The House judiciary committee takes up the bill Thursday.

McDonald's son uses medical marijuana to relieve nausea caused by drugs he uses to treat epilepsy.

Sen. Michelle Yee's bill allows police to dispose of medical marijuana seized during a criminal investigation even if they find it was legally possessed.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona opposed the measure during a Senate committee meeting before it was approved.