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Horne: Anticipated fed stance could clear path for medical marijuana program (access required)

While the U.S. Department of Justice is imminently expected to release a statement clarifying their stance toward medical marijuana, Attorney General Tom Horne said Wednesday that if the federal government’s 2009 position is reiterated in the awaited clarification, the lawsuit he and Gov. Jan Brewer filed in federal court late last month challenging the legality of Arizona’s new medical marijuana program could be unnecessary.

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Medical marijuana proponents prep legal counters (access required)

Since the May 24 announcement by Gov. Jan Brewer and Attorney General Tom Horne that they would seek judicial clarification of the conflict between longstanding federal drug laws and Arizona’s new medical marijuana law in federal court, proponents of the new law have been preparing legal recourse designed to put the medical marijuana program back on track.

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Lawsuit aims to block AHCCCS cuts (access required)

Attorney Tim Hogan on Monday filed a request for a special action with Arizona Supreme Court aimed at blocking cuts to the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, a move that could unbalance the fiscal year 2012 budget by hundreds of millions of dollars.

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In some rural areas, medical marijuana challenges views of community

As a volunteer police officer in this northwestern Arizona city, Harley Pettit saw young people get in trouble for everything from drugs and alcohol to vandalism. In a small community with not a lot to do, he said, the last thing young people need is another way to get into trouble.

He’s worried that’s exactly what medical marijuana will give them.

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Chasing Cancer: Arizona has lowest rate, but people aren’t getting screened soon enough (access required)

Right before Brent Uffelman was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer, he wasn’t noticing any extreme symptoms. Sure, he felt tired at times, but that could have been the result of a long day at work, he told himself. It wasn’t until he met a friend for breakfast before starting his day’s shift at Alliance Beverage Distributing Co. that he began to see and feel indisputable signs that something was really wrong. He was passing blood, but felt well enough to finish the workday.

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