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ONP pot case part of legal marijuana controversy

September 17th, 2013 - 5:45am

(Tacoma) -- A case from Olympic National Park is at the center of a debate on the use of legalized marijuana on federal lands.

One of the challenges facing Washington is keeping weed, which is legal in some cases under state law, from being used on federal property.

36-year-old medical marijuana patient Karen Strand, was cited for having 2 grams of marijuana in Olympic National Park this summer.

Strand and others say being charged for having tiny amounts of marijuana belies the federal government's assertions that it has "bigger fish to fry" than people who use pot in compliance with state law.

An Associated Press analysis of federal court data shows that at least 27,700 people have been cited for having pot on federal land since 2009.

The number is small compared to the hundreds of millions of annual visitors to federal land.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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