Marijuana card holders face felony charges in sale to teen

Two California residents, one of whom carried a medical marijuana card, face felony charges after they attempted to sell the drug to a teenager in Medford Thursday, police say.

Police arrested Samuel Artas, 22, and Victoria Riley, 18, both of Fort Bragg, Calif., at 11:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the Purple Parrot gaming parlor, 1120 Biddle Road, Medford.

They were charged with delivery of a controlled substance to a minor, as well as possession and manufacture of marijuana.

An officer on patrol saw a 17-year-old male at the window of a California-plated car and stopped to talk to the people, said Medford police Lt. Tim Doney. He said police seized five ounces of marijuana from the vehicle's occupants.

Riley showed the officer her California medical marijuana card, and Artas claimed to also have one. Holders of California marijuana cards cannot legally possess (see correction below) marijuana in other states.

Both were lodged in the Jackson County Jail and are scheduled to be arraigned today in Jackson County Circuit Court. The 17-year-old was released pending prosecutors' review of the case.

— Meg Landers

Correction: An earlier version of this story included an incorrect reference to selling marijuana. This version has been corrected.

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