Late last week, the Arizona Senate approved a measure that would ban medical marijuana use and possession on college campuses throughout the state. Medical marijuana activists still held out hope that Governor Jan Brewer would veto the measure, either due to her fear of litigation or wanting to help progress the Arizona medical marijuana program. Unfortunately, yesterday Brewer decided to sign the measure into law, effectively banning medical marijuana on college campuses in Arizona.
The ban is set to take effect this summer.
Supporters of the ban explained their concern that allowing medical marijuana on college campuses could lead to federal backlash in the form of cutting funding to the schools,
Medical marijuana has been legal in Arizona since 2010, but the program has faced a number of setbacks throughout the years. Many of the setbacks have been reactionary– after witnessing crackdowns in California, Washington State, and Colorado, many Arizona officials wanted to reevaluate aspects of their own program.
It is expected that patients, collective owners, or medical marijuana activists will legally challenge the ban in the coming weeks.