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Arizona court asked to put marijuana ruling on hold

Jim Goetz, an attorney representing the Montana Cannabis Industry Association, argues that the "Crumpled Document" be put into evidence Thursday afternoon, Dec. 13, 2012 during a hearing about whether or not to extend the current block on the new medical marijuana laws, in Helena, Mont. District Judge James Reynolds extended his temporary block of restrictions on medical marijuana providers while he considers whether the state can eliminate access to the drug for some of the most seriously ill patients in the interest of curbing abuse. (AP Photo/The Independent Record, Dylan Brown)

Jim Goetz, an attorney representing the Montana Cannabis Industry Association, argues that the "Crumpled Document" be put into evidence Thursday afternoon, Dec. 13, 2012 during a hearing about whether or not to extend the current block on the new medical marijuana laws, in Helena, Mont. District Judge James Reynolds extended his temporary block of restrictions on medical marijuana providers while he considers whether the state can eliminate access to the drug for some of the most seriously ill patients in the interest of curbing abuse. (AP Photo/The Independent Record, Dylan Brown)

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery is asking an Arizona appeals court to temporarily put on hold a trial judge’s ruling that the county must provide zoning clearance for a planned medical marijuana dispensary in Sun City.

Montgomery’s request filed Friday asks the Court of Appeals for a stay of Superior Court Judge Michael Gordon’s ruling and for speedy action on Montgomery’s request.

Montgomery is appealing Gordon’s ruling that federal drug laws don’t stand in the way of implementation of Arizona’s voter-approved medical marijuana law.

Montgomery says county employees stand at risk of possible federal prosecution if they facilitate marijuana growing, distribution or marketing of marijuana.

Gordon on Tuesday refused to put his own ruling on hold pending the appeal.

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