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Brewer Opposing Marijuana Dispensary Provision

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PHOENIX - Gov. Jan Brewer decided Wednesday to ask a federal judge to overturn a key portion of the state's voter-approved medical marijuana law.

Press aide Matthew Benson said his boss is now taking the position that federal law preempts a provision in last year's initiative which requires the state to issue permits for about 125 dispensaries where medical marijuana users can legally purchase the drug. She wants U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton to rule that Arizona cannot process the applications from would-be dispensary owners.

The move comes two days after Bolton told attorneys for the state she would throw out Brewer's original lawsuit which simply asked the judge to decide if state employees can be prosecuted under the federal Controlled Substances Act for processing permits. Bolton said the state has to pick a side: Either federal law trumps last year's initiative, or the state can implement its law despite federal statutes.

Benson said Brewer has chosen the former position, even though that's contrary to what voters mandated.

"But she also she also has to look out for the well-being of her state employees," he continued. "No state employee should be put in a position where they could face federal prosecution simply for doing their jobs."

Brewer's move drew derision from Joe Yuhas, spokesman for the Arizona Medical Marijuana Association, the organization left over from last year's successful initiative drive.

"That's unfortunate," he said.

"I also think it's somewhat ironic that a state government that seems to continuously question federal preemption, whether it's health care or immigration, now runs behind that shield in an effort to thwart the will of the voters."

Brewer is one of several governors challenging the federal health care law. And she is taking the position at the U.S. Supreme Court that Arizona can have its own immigration laws despite claims by the Obama administration these are preempted by federal statutes.

But Benson said there is no contradiction.

"The governor has never claimed state law supersedes federal law," he said.

"The argument has always been federal government, do your job, enforce the law, enforce immigration law, enforce drug law," Benson said.

The voter-approved law allows those with a doctor's recommendation to get a state ID card allowing them to obtain and possess up to 2 1/2 ounces of marijuana every two weeks.

Brewer, who opposed Proposition 204, is not asking Bolton to invalidate that part of the law. So far the state has issued more than 16,000 such cards.

The initiative also directed the health department to license about 125 dispensaries where medical marijuana users could legally purchase the drug.

State Health Director Will Humble earlier this year wrote a letter to Dennis Burke, who at the time was the U.S. Attorney for Arizona, specifically asking whether his employees might face prosecution because they were facilitating the sale of marijuana. Burke did not directly answer that question but did say that, in general, he cannot offer immunity to anyone for violating federal drug laws.

Brewer responded by directing Humble to not even accept applications from those who want to operate one of the non-profit dispensaries the law envisions. And she had Attorney General Tom Horne to file suit, asking Bolton for clarification.

But Bolton on Monday said she cannot legally do that until the state decides which side it is on, leading to Wednesday's decision.

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azcinch

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It is so sad that Gov. Brewer has failed as an elected official.
1. Give sick patients their medicine.
2. Free up your prison space.
3. Create jobs.
4. Secure your border
5. Bring back the much needed Middle Class!
6. Pay your police and firefighters more.
uh
Why wouldn't you want to lead your state and soon your country in the right direction and back to a middle class that we so desperately need. Not to mention put the cartels out of business.

But nah...that would make no sense...
 

420 Warrior

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It is so sad that Gov. Brewer has failed as an elected official.
1. Give sick patients their medicine.
2. Free up your prison space.
3. Create jobs.
4. Secure your border
5. Bring back the much needed Middle Class!
6. Pay your police and firefighters more.
uh
Why wouldn't you want to lead your state and soon your country in the right direction and back to a middle class that we so desperately need. Not to mention put the cartels out of business.

But nah...that would make no sense...

That's too much "like, right"!!!

Isn't it unconstitutional to go against the votes of it's people? This horse crap they are hiding behind, is not what our founding fathers envisioned when they wrote our constitution, I assure you!!!
 

J9BLACK

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Brewer gets elected running on her signing an anti-illegal immigration bill and then sucks federal cock on anti cannabis federalism.

Brewer gets runner up hypocrite of the year award, right behind Obama.

I will never ever vote for any candidate who is anti cannabis. Never, again.
 

J9BLACK

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However, if a resident of Arizona cannot buy rom a dispensary, she will have to go black market (read Mexican "blood"/conflict weed) or grow her own. If she grows her own and does well, the last thing she would want is a dispensary within 25 miles as it would make her ineligible to grow. Black market only encourages drug AND human smuggling.
 

420 Warrior

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However, if a resident of Arizona cannot buy rom a dispensary, she will have to go black market (read Mexican "blood"/conflict weed) or grow her own. If she grows her own and does well, the last thing she would want is a dispensary within 25 miles as it would make her ineligible to grow. Black market only encourages drug AND human smuggling.


I can't help but believe that their's lots of cartel money lining the pockets of these bureaucratic SOB's

Oh yea...their being paid off...bele-dat!!!
 
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