A judge is refusing to temporarily block his recent ruling that Arizona’s medical marijuana law is constitutional and that federal drug laws don’t stand in the way of implementing it.
A Maricopa County Superior Court spokesman says Judge Michael Gordon on Thursday denied County Attorney Bill Montgomery’s request to suspend the ruling pending the outcome of an appeal to a higher court.
Montgomery says he’ll next ask the Court of Appeals to issue a stay.
The case initially focused on whether the county had to approve zoning for a Sun City dispensary.
The case grew to include whether federal drug laws pre-empt Arizona’s medical marijuana law.
Gordon ruled last week that they don’t and that the county must provide zoning clearances for the Sun City dispensary.