Governer Jan Brewer campaigned against the law, yet signed in with reluctance. The state has issued more thn 7,500 medical marijuana cards, but dispensaries have not been granted licenses as contemplated by the law. The state attorney general and Governor Brewer filed suit in federal court to determine whether the state law is trumped by federal regulations related to medical marijuana.

Ironic considering the "states rights" stance popularized by Republican Governors, including Governor Brewer.Of course, the immigration controversy is another highly charged political issue that dove-tails with the medical marijauna issue. Would legalization of marijuana temper the violence and controversy that pervades the Arizona-Mexico border?

Speaking of law enforcement, there have been instances in which police filed charges for posession of marijuana despite the possession of a valid Arizona medical marijuana card. Obviously, the uncertain state of affairs makes things difficult for all parties-- citizens, law enforcement, and state officials.

Ironically, "states rights" officials in Arizona are hoping that the federal governement will intervene. At the same time, the Obama administration seems to be prioritizing other issues well ahead of those participating in the medical marijuana movement that is taking place in a dozen or so states across the country.

--Joseph Sentme

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