Legal medical industry in Arizona
Arizona Hemp Center's Medical Marijuana Blog is a continually updated resource of news and information regarding proposition 203 in Arizona and medical marijuana use across the country. Our goal is to help promote the drug as a viable method of treatment for certain illnesses, and also share best practices for consumption on medical marijuana.
Even though Proposition 203 has since been passed, Arizona and other states that have voted “Yes” to similar laws have been on loose terms with the Federal government on the legality of such laws.
Recently, Deputy Attorney General James Cole spoke about the dangers of those in the business of cultivating, selling or distributing marijuana in Arizona, which still falls within violation of the federal Controlled Substances Act regardless of what state law entitles these citizens to. Compounding those fears is Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne (AG Horne), who cited Cole’s memo in terms of the Federal government’s “hands off approach” to anybody in the business of medical marijuana.
As of right now, the Federal government has rescinded their previous statement and is back to their “No Tolerance” policy on marijuana, even when used as a medicinal treatment.
But while some states where Medical Marijuana is flourishing have neglected to address the issue of intervention from the Federal Government, Arizona and other states have been far more precautious, thus the reason for the hold up of issuing dispensary licenses and declaring that Proposition 203 is in full effect.
AG Horne and Governor Jan Brewer, who originally opposed the passing of Proposition 203, have now taken legal action and filed a suit against the federal government to reach a decision on the legality of Medical Marijuana as a whole. They have teamed up to file the suit to protect those citizens in Arizona who have spent huge amounts of money and time to start up dispensaries and business’ to support Medical Marijuana use in Arizona from Federal prosecution as well as all other Medical Marijuana Patients.
Additionally, both Washington state and New Jersey are seeking similar guidance in their decision to delay or move forward with similar Medical Marijuana action. The American Civil Liberties Union has asked that Governor Brewer’s suit be ousted under the statement that states should not test Government appointed law.
This was further backed by DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart’s letter to those testing the law, replying that “marijuana has ‘a high potential for abuse’ and lacks any currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.” She pointed to the lack of FDA support and multiple other uncertainties linked with the Marijuana debate as well.
As of now, all progress to open Medical Marijuana dispensaries has been halted leading many patients and caregivers that have obtained Medical Marijuana Cards to resort to growing their own medical marijuana.
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