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Medical marijuana ban for Ariz. campuses approved

In this Jan. 11, 2010 photo, a worker shows a marijuana bud for sale at the Lotus Medical dispensary in Denver. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

Arizona legislators have approved a bill to prohibit use or possession of medical marijuana at public universities, community colleges or child-care facilities.

A Senate vote of 28-2 Wednesday means the bill goes next to Gov. Jan Brewer.

Supporters included university officials and prosecutors, while the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona opposed the bill’s prohibition for higher education institutions.

The House and Senate both approved the bill by the three-quarters votes needed because the legislation relates to a voter-approved law.

But an Arizona Medical Marijuana Association spokesman predicts that the new legislation will be challenged either by his group or somebody else on grounds that it violates a constitutional protection for voter-approved laws.

Association spokesman Joe Yuhas says the voter-approved medical marijuana 2010 law doesn’t allow the new legislation’s restrictions.

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