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Arpaio forms squad in response to medical pot law

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio (AP file photo)

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio (AP file photo)

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is forming a special squad to target people who use Arizona’s new medical marijuana law to violate other drug laws.

Arpaio says he wants to be prepared for criminals who believe the voter-approved law will give them cover to deal marijuana with impunity.

The measure will allow patients with cancer, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C and other chronic or debilitating diseases to buy 2 1/2 ounces of marijuana every two weeks or grow a limited number of plants themselves if they live 25 miles from a marijuana dispensary.

Patients could begin buying pot with a doctor’s recommendation in the state this summer.

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