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Federal Judge Throws Out Gov. Jan Brewer's Lawsuit that was Blocking Arizona's State

Discussion in 'Legalization Of Marijuana' started by Ernst, Jan 9, 2012.


    Ernst Well-Known Member

    Federal Judge Throws Out Gov. Jan Brewer's Lawsuit that was Blocking Arizona's State Medical Marijuana Dispensary Program

    Notice that "Home Grows are threatening from the context and tone of this article."

    Purplestickeypunch Active Member

    "Today, Brewer’s office stated for the record that they would no longer challenge the state’s nascent law in court and instead will cooperate to see that the voters’ demands are once and for all fully enacted.Said the Governor in a press release:
    “The State of Arizona will not re-file in federal court a lawsuit that sought clarification that State employees would not be subject to federal criminal prosecution simply for implementing the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act. Instead, I have directed the Arizona Department of Health Services to begin accepting and processing dispensary applications, and issuing licenses for those facilities once a (separate) pending legal challenge to the Department’s medical marijuana rules is resolved. … With our request for clarification rebuffed on procedural grounds by the federal court, I believe the best course of action now is to complete the implementation of Proposition 203 in accordance with the law.”
    According to the website of the Arizona Department of Health, the department hopes to begin accepting applications for dispensaries this summer. To date, only three states — Colorado, Maine, and New Mexico — have granted licenses to allow for the state-sanctioned production and distribution of cannabis. (Several other states, including Delaware, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Vermont, have enacted licensing legislation but to date have refused to issue any actual dispensary licenses.)"


    Ernst Well-Known Member

    Yeah.. Move forward because one will die of old age before the federal Government can figure out how to deal with the Nuisance.

    I mean it has to be schizophrenic to deal with legal and illegal marijuana all day.
    One guy goes to prison and one goes home after being stopped and found in possession of a pound of weed.

    And this is how our Government works.

    They should simply say if States want to they can. Here are the things we will or will not do as the States require.
    If a State wants this level of enforcement cool if they want less cool.. The Feds should butt out as much as the State asks them to..

    rollitup Forum Admin Staff Member

    Federal Judge Throws Out Gov. Jan Brewer's Lawsuit that was Blocking Arizona's State

    Yeah, I wish that headline stopped at the first apostrophe. :lol:


    Ernst Well-Known Member

    Well we made this Country and we can never stop fixing the problems.. LOL

    Purplestickeypunch Active Member

    [h=1]Judge: Brewer illegally delayed marijuana law[/h]
    PHOENIX — A state judge has ordered Gov. Jan Brewer to finally fully implement the 2010 voter-approved Medical Marijuana Act, saying she acted illegally in holding it up.
    Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Richard Gama rejected the governor's argument that she has the discretion to delay enactment of parts of the law while she sought a ruling from another court about the liability of state workers under federal drug laws.

    “Defendants cite no authority for this proposition, and the court has found none,” Gama wrote in his ruling made public Wednesday.

    “The voters intended the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act be implemented within 120 days. This has not been done.”

    Gama also ruled that state Health Director Will Humble illegally imposed some rules on who can — and cannot — have a license to operate a marijuana dispensary. The judge said nothing in the voter-approved law allows such restrictions.

    The ruling removes the last roadblock Brewer has thrown up to licensing dispensaries.

    “What Judge Gama said in his order is that she's to implement the act, period,” said Ty Taber. He represents interests that sought to force Brewer to finally comply with the law.

    But gubernatorial press aide Matthew Benson said his boss has not yet decided whether to comply, saying she could appeal.

    “She's going to have to have an opportunity to review this decision and decide where to go from here,” Benson said.

    Taber said, though, she does not have much time, with the law requiring any appeal within 30 days. Absent any action by that time, Taber said Gama's ruling takes effect and the state will have no choice but to start licensing dispensaries.

    The ruling is the latest in a string of setbacks for Brewer on the issue of whether Arizonans should be able to purchase and use marijuana for medical purposes.

    Brewer opposed the 2010 initiative to allow those with a doctor's recommendation to obtain up to 2-1/2 ounces of marijuana every two weeks to treat a specified list of medical conditions.

    It passed anyway. And the health department has processed and approved about 18,000 individual applications since early last year.

    The law also required the state to license about 125 nonprofit dispensaries where cardholders could legally obtain the drug.

    But Brewer blocked health officials from even accepting applications for these after federal prosecutors refused to provide assurances that the employees who handle those applications would not find themselves facing federal charges. And she asked U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton to say whether the workers have immunity.

    Bolton threw out the lawsuit last month, saying there was no evidence any public employee in any state with a medical marijuana law had ever been prosecuted. Anyway, the judge said, it was not in her power to offer immunity to anyone.

    Last week Brewer agreed not to pursue that case. The governor said she would allow licensing of dispensaries — but only after the lawsuit in front of Gama about the legality of Humble's rules was resolved.

    Now she has that.

    In that part of the ruling, Gama agreed with would-be dispensary operators that some of the restrictions Humble imposed are beyond the authority voters gave him in approving the law."


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