2Nd ruling: Pot law doesn't provide DUI immunity

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX (AP) -- Another court ruling says Arizona residents who have medical marijuana cards allowing them to legally smoke pot can still be prosecuted under laws against driving under the influence while having marijuana in their system.

A state Court of Appeals panel of three judges ruled last month that a medical marijuana user wasn't immune from prosecution under DUI laws.

A different panel of Court of Appeals judges reached the same conclusion in a ruling issued Tuesday. It stems from the cases of two defendants, both of whom had medical marijuana cards.

The defendants pointed to a medical marijuana law provision that provides a partial legal shield for pot usage prescribed by a physician. However, the latest ruling notes that physicians don't prescribe medical marijuana. They only certify a patient's medical eligibility.