Arizona Attorneys Urging an End to the State’s Medical Marijuana Program

 by lucy

Thirteen county attorneys have banded together to urge Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to shut down the state’s medical marijuana program.  The attorneys are concerned that the program forces state employees to participate in federal crimes by issuing licenses to medical marijuana dispensaries.

On July 24th, the attorneys all signed a letter written by Attorney Sheila Polk.  The letter asks Governor Brewer to stop the state from issuing licenses to medical marijuana collectives because the medical marijuana program is not legal under the Controlled Substance Act, a federal law.

The three page letter points out Polk’s longtime concerns with the program and how it involves state employees.  With the federal government closing down and targeting medical marijuana collectives in other states, such as California and Montana, Polk and her fellow attorneys believe that Governor Brewer should not put the state or its employees at risk.

Following this, she wrote, “We believe it is bad public policy for one arm of the government to facilitate marijuana cultivation and use while another arm of the government is moving to close it down.”  Polk believes that it is also bad policy for the state to waste the time and money of potential marijuana business owners “knowing full well that these business ventures will result in significant financial repercussions when the US attorney shuts them down.”

Polk also explained in the letter that she has been told that Arizona’s newly appointed US Attorney John Leonardo “fully intends to prevent any dispensaries from operating in Arizona by seizing each and every one as it opens and commits violations” of the federal act.  However, a spokesperson for Leonardo said that Polk’s representation of the US Attorney’s stance on medical marijuana is inaccurate.

State health officials have declined to respond to Polk’s letter.  In the past, state health officials have shared sentiments similar to those in Polk’s letter.

On Thursday, Governor Brewer responded to the attorneys, saying that she is “deeply concerned about potential abuses of the law” as well as conflicts between Arizona state law and federal law such as the Controlled Substances Act, but she must implement Arizona’s medical marijuana program because it was approved by the state’s voters.

Governor Brewer also countered the letter with the fact that the federal government has not made their view on Arizona’s medical marijuana program totally transparent, despite their actions against collectives in other states.

Polk told The Republic that she appreciated Brewer’s “thoughtful response,” but she does not fully agree with the way the Governor is handling the state’s MMJ program.



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15 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. 0

    559airandtrees said on Jul 31, 2012

    people trying to bring about change not progress.

  2. 2

    Chubbs said on Jul 31, 2012

    Can some say…..Clusterfuck!

  3. 1

    glas said on Jul 31, 2012

    This is just some bureaucratic chest beaters who have nothing to do. AZs program is going great

  4. 0

    Max_Freedom said on Jul 31, 2012

    Taking sides against your voters and constituents, and siding with a bullshit law from a long time ago.
    Maybe just skip to the resignations.

  5. 1

    Bobbyjoe430 said on Jul 31, 2012

    Dumb old hag

  6. 0

    NISMOTOKER said on Jul 31, 2012

    this is bullshit.

  7. 0

    AZDank420 said on Jul 31, 2012

    This may not be bad… keeps us from getting regulated out the ass. I need to see exactly whats happening but this make clubs like the one I work at survive.

  8. 1

    BA said on Jul 31, 2012

    This is why we've have the 10th Amendment….

    There is nothing in the constitution that speaks of cannabis….therefore the state rights hold up. Suck a dick feds.

  9. 0

    Cope420 said on Aug 1, 2012

    People need their medicine and theses fuck nuts are taking the only thing that helps. People are starting to give up on prescription drugs, since they don't work. Fuckers taking away the medicine who are in pain. How sad..

  10. 1

    Elvers said on Aug 1, 2012

    they are using scare tactics to run people's lives and that's where the bull shit lies. tell these wasted peaces of human flesh to crawl back under the rock or sand they came from!!!!!

  11. 2

    azmedzguy said on Aug 1, 2012

    They are doing everything they can to stop or delay the movement. We will stand strong with dispensaries or without them. Currently there are 100+ clubs just in phx where you can acquire medication. So the political games are just bumps in the road. The only thing that is left to be done is to reschedule marijuana from a federal schedule I drug.

  12. 1

    Gossett said on Aug 1, 2012

    The main thing we should be fighting is the Controlled substances act that makes it federally illegal to have this medicine and get it rescheduled. Where do we begin? and has anyone even brought any type of proposal to do this and what happened?

  13. 0

    Elvers said on Aug 4, 2012

    Oct.16 were having our day in the federal court. the Judges are pissed because of the lies in bullshit that's been thrown around. there going to reschedule to either 2 or 3 or legalize either way we win!!!!

  14. 0

    Elvers said on Aug 4, 2012

    P.S. don't forget about the federal Judge who passed Gustin L.Richback he's part of the reason the Judges are pissed or we wouldn't be talking about this problem and getting it taken care of once and for all!!

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