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Arizona court to hear appeal on marijuana ruling

Arizona court to hear appeal on marijuana ruling

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery (Cronkite News Service Photo by Cassondra Strande)

A state appeals court hears arguments Thursday on whether to temporarily put on hold a judge’s order upholding Arizona’s medical marijuana program.

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery is appealing Superior Court Judge Michael Gordon’s Dec. 4 ruling.

Gordon ruled that the county must provide zoning clearance for a Sun City medical marijuana dispensary because federal drug law doesn’t stand in the way of implementing the state’s medical marijuana law.

The law approved by voters in 2000 allows use of marijuana for cancer and certain other medical conditions.

Montgomery wants a three-judge appeals court panel to suspend Gordon’s ruling.

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