January 19, 2012

Blocking Medical Marijuana In Arizona Is Illegal Judge Says

January 19, 2012
Jan Brewer marijuana leaves

Jan Brewer marijuana leavesDespite Judge’s Words, Arizona Governor Still Lacks Compassion For Medical Marijuana Patients

Ninjasmoker posted an article about a week ago that talked about the public statement made by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer. Governor Brewer has tried everything she can think of to stop full implementation of medical marijuana in Arizona. Governor Jan Brewer was elected to uphold the will of the people, yet she has found it necessary to thrust her own opinions on the citizens of Arizona. After all of her attempts were thwarted, she stated the following:

“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 (AMMA),” the statement read. “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 pending legal challenge to the Department’s medical marijuana rules is resolved.”

Yesterday, the legal challenge that Governor Brewer refers too was decided, and once again, Governor Jan Brewer’s reefer madness crusade came up short. In an article that I read on Google news, the judge said the following:

“Defendants cite no authority for this proposition, and the court has found none,” Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Richard 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.”

The article went on to quote the attorney that represented the medical marijuana community in Arizona:

“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.

Now, one would think that the ruling, and especially the judge’s words, would be enough to make Governor Jan Brewer give up her anti-medical marijuana crusade…However, that is not the case. Rather than have compassion, and follow the judges orders, Jan Brewer is trying to plot her next move. The article I referred to above had the following quote from Governor Jan Brewer’s aide:

“She’s going to have to have an opportunity to review this decision and decide where to go from here,” gubernatorial press aide Matthew Benson said.

Governor Brewer has 30 days to appeal the decision, or it automatically takes affect. I will hope for the best, and hope that Governor Brewer decides to give up her crusade and actually focus on things that matter, but I can almost guarantee she won’t. Governor Brewer is a neo-con, and will do everything she can to force her harsh, outdated views on the State of Arizona. When she is up for re-election, I really hope she feels the wrath!


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