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Judge won’t put medical marijuana ruling on hold

In this Dec. 6, 2012 file photo Michael Cardenas shows medical marijuana he purchase outside Arizona Organix, the first legal medical marijuana dispensary to open in Glendale, Ariz. Supporters of medical marijuana in Minnesota say they plan to push for legalized medical marijuana in 2013 arguing that medical decisions should be left to doctors rather than police. Seventeen states, including Arizona, and the District of Columbia allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes, and Colorado and Washington recently legalized marijuana possession for adults with small amounts of the drug. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

In this Dec. 6, 2012 file photo Michael Cardenas shows medical marijuana he purchase outside Arizona Organix, the first legal medical marijuana dispensary to open in Glendale, Ariz. Supporters of medical marijuana in Minnesota say they plan to push for legalized medical marijuana in 2013 arguing that medical decisions should be left to doctors rather than police. Seventeen states, including Arizona, and the District of Columbia allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes, and Colorado and Washington recently legalized marijuana possession for adults with small amounts of the drug. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

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.

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