It’s a felony crime to transport medical marijuana across state lines as Sandra Maetas of New Mexico discovered last Friday, Nov. 2.
Posted on November 16, 2012
BY JENNIFER KOCHER
Dunn County Herald
It’s a felony crime to transport medical marijuana across state lines as Sandra Maetas of New Mexico discovered last Friday, Nov. 2. Maetas was transporting her three minor grandchildren when she was pulled over on Highway 22 for travelling below the speed limit and swerving into the inbound traffic lane. According to a report by Deputy Mike Hegstad and Deputy in-training, Danielle Sigloh, Sandra Maetas’ car reeked of marijuana, which prompted a search of the vehicle.
Maetas admitted having smoked marijuana earlier in the day and produced a medical card from the state of New Mexico, which permitted the legal use and possession of marijuana for a pre-subscribed medical condition. However, since it is a felony crime to transport marijuana across state lines, Maetas was held in custody for the possession of “several containers containing green, leafy plantlike substance” that Maetas admitted was marijuana. The deputies also discovered a blue device used to grind marijuana in the center console of her vehicle as well as rolling papers. One of the grandchildren admitted that Maetas had been smoking while driving the car.
Maetas refused to submit a urine test and was taken into custody while the children were referred to the Dunn County Social Services Department. Maetas was charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance with minors in the vehicle, possession of over an ounce of marijuana as well as possession of drug paraphernalia and was cited for care required in operating a vehicle.