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Arizona to pick a side in medical marijuana issue

A federal judge has torn apart Arizona’s medical-marijuana lawsuit, but stopped short of dismissing the case.

U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton said Monday she’ll issue a ruling later but Arizona has to pick a side in the conflict over state and federal law.

Gov. Jan Brewer has asked the federal court to clarify whether U.S. drug laws override the voter-approved state law. If not, Brewer wants to clarify whether state workers are immune from federal prosecution if they fully implement Proposition 203.

The lawsuit was filed in May and stalled the state’s medical marijuana dispensary permit process.

The Arizona Republic (http://bit.ly/uZFm5F) says more than 16,300 people now have state-issued ID cards allowing them to use medical pot for certain debilitating health conditions, but would-be dispensary owners are on hold.

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11 comments

  1. Arizona has now more then 20 K patients. This is not going away, bets learn how to make everyone have a place at the table Jan!

  2. Good. Time to start holding these idiots accountable. We already had an election that settled this issue. This isn’t England, we don’t have any kings or queens around here. The people have clearly spoken, its time to represent the citizens of this state.

  3. Why should anybody be surprised at Prohibition’s innate ability to corrupt entire government agencies?

    It’s more than fairly evident, and especially to those of us whose survival doesn’t depend on the continuation of Prohibition, that even if we could afford to put Narcs on every single corner, it is extremely likely that at least half of them would very soon become dealers themselves. So it begs the question: Why on God’s green earth do we continue as a nation to foolishly shoot ourselves in both feet?

    An appeal to all Prohibitionists:

    Most of us are aware by now that individuals who use illegal drugs are going to get high, ‘no matter what.’ So why do you not prefer they acquire them in stores that check IDs and pay taxes? Gifting the market in narcotics to ruthless criminals, foreign terrorists and corrupt law enforcement officials is seriously compromising our future. If you remotely believe that people will one day quit using any of these ‘at present’ illegal drugs, then you are exhibiting a degree of naivety parallel only by those poor deluded wretches who voluntarily drank the poisoned Kool-Aid in Jonestown.

    Even if you cannot stand the thought of people using drugs, there is absolutely nothing you, or any government, can do to stop them. We have spent 40 years and over a trillion dollars on this dangerous farce. Practically everybody is now aware that Prohibition will not suddenly and miraculously start showing different results. So why do you wish to continue with a policy that has proven itself to be a poison in the veins of our once so proud & free nation? Do you actually think you may have something to lose If we were to start basing drug policy on science & logic instead of ignorance, hate and lies?

    Maybe you’re a police officer, a prison guard or a local politician. Possibly you’re scared of losing employment, overtime-pay, the many kick-backs and those regular fat bribes. But what good will any of that do you once our society has followed Mexico over the dystopian abyss of dismembered bodies, vats of acid and marauding thugs carrying gold-plated AK-47s with leopard-skinned gunstocks?

    Kindly allow us to forgo the next level of your sycophantic prohibition-engendered mayhem.

    Prohibition Prevents Regulation : Legalize, Regulate and Tax!

    “The end of democracy and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of lending institutions and moneyed incorporations.” – Thomas Jefferson

  4. Malcolm Kyle has everything absolutely on point
    Its corporations who don’t want cannabis legalized. It poses no dangers and provides cures to a number of problems not just healthwise.
    Let us stand up to divide the government from corporations. Even though you can’t stop them from paying off people in power you can educate the people around you.
    Knowledge is powe.
    Ignorance is bliss until the problems become yours.

  5. Judge Susan Bolton questioned why federal officials would go after state employees who license dispensaries when those who are involved in issuing state medical marijuana cards would also be at risk for their involvement in implementation of Arizona’s medical marijuana program. It seems that GED Jan and her sidekick Horne just do not have the intellectual capacity needed to tangle with a federal judge.

    Time to throw in the towel. If the governor chooses to decidedly go against Arizona voters on this issue it may bring about the tipping point for a successful recall on a variety of issues. And by the way, WHERE’S THE JOBS YOU PROMISED TO BRING TO ARIZONA DURING YOUR CAMPAIGN JAN?

  6. Prohibition of liquor worked just great. Stop the madness and legalize marijuana in all states.
    Great e-book on medical marijuana: MARIJUANA – Guide to Buying, Growing, Harvesting, and Making Medical Marijuana Oil and Delicious Chocolates to Treat Pain and Ailments by Mary Bendis. This book has great recipe for marijuana oil and tasty, yummy chocolates! http://bit.ly/obHfCy http://bit.ly/oYO1N6

  7. Legalizing (or decriminalizing) Maijuana would screw undercover (i.e. ILLEGAL) government expenditures going to the drugs for arms cartel (misleadingly referred to as just “drug cartels”) which is sponsored and endorsed by the American government, leaving real democratic options flailing on their own without any real support from America or other top nations. Too much $$$ to be had with the current corruption; THE DRUG CARTELS ARE KNOWN TO BE THE ONLY ACCURATE FUNCTIONING GOVERNMENTS IN OVER 75% OF MEXICAN CITIES!!! Who brings electricity to those areas? DRUG CARTELS. Who creates jobs? DRUG CARTELS. Who supply basic education? DRUG CARTELS. Who supports this pseudo-government? OBAMA (in past, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Reagan, Carter, Nixon….)

  8. According to the Arizona Voter Protection Act portion of the Arizona Constituti­on the governor does not have the authority to veto a voter passed initiative nor can she or the legislatur­e change the act without a 3/4 vote of the legislatur­e. Ms Brewer is vested with the supreme executive power of Arizona and is responsibl­e for the faithful execution of ALL laws, including the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act. The Governor’s complaint was an attempted line item veto, an attempt to deny the will of the people as expressed in a part of an initiative they passed. Read Judge Bolton’s letter. The evidence does not exist that the threat to state workers is real. The bogus action in federal court by the governor and attorney general apparently involve a threat that none of the rest of us can see. What is becomming very clear is that the governor and attorney general respect only the laws that compel the rest of us to act but they have no desire to obey laws that compel them to act.

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