LB - Coldwell Banker 1019

Home | Classifieds | Place Ad | Public Notices | Galleries | Kudos | Obits | Real Estate | Subscriber Services | Villager | Health Directory | Contact Us
The Verde Independent | Cottonwood, Arizona

home : latest news : state May 26, 2016


7/31/2012 9:06:00 AM
Governor rejects prosecutors' request on medical marijuana cards
Gov. Jan Brewer is rejecting a plea from county attorneys that she order the state health department to stop issuing cards for people to legally obtain marijuana for medical reasons and not to license dispensaries to sell the drug.
Gov. Jan Brewer is rejecting a plea from county attorneys that she order the state health department to stop issuing cards for people to legally obtain marijuana for medical reasons and not to license dispensaries to sell the drug.

Howard Fischer
Capitol Media Services


PHOENIX -- Gov. Jan Brewer is rejecting a plea from county attorneys that she order the state health department to stop issuing cards for people to legally obtain marijuana for medical reasons and not to license dispensaries to sell the drug.

"The federal government is vigorously enforcing the Controlled Substances Act by seizing and closing medical marijuana dispensaries in other states,' wrote Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk on behalf of 13 of the state's 15 county attorneys. And Polk said she has been told -- she does not say by whom -- that John Leonardo, the new U.S. Attorney for Arizona "fully intends to prevent any dispensaries from operating in Arizona by seizing each and everyone one as it opens and commits violations of the Controlled Substances Act.'

Yet Polk said the state health department continues to issue marijuana user cards -- nearly 30,000 by this point -- and is proceeding with plans to license 126 dispensaries.

"We believe it is bad public policy for one arm of the government to facilitate marijuana cultivation and use while another arm of the government is moving to close it down,' she wrote. And Polk said that the state is encouraging would-be dispensary owners to get the capital, obtain necessary permits, sign leases and pay a $5,000 application fee "known full well that these business ventures will result in significant financial repercussions when the U.S. Attorneys shuts them down.'

But Brewer said she does not intend to stop anything -- at least not without a court order. In fact, the governor tried to get just such an order, but without success as a federal judge refused last year to rule on Brewer's request to clarify whether the state's medical marijuana program can proceed in spite of federal law.

Brewer also noted that Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Richard Gama, in a separate ruling, said Brewer had no right to ignore the 2010 voter-approved law setting up the state's medical marijuana program. And that, the governor said, ends the discussion.

"I am duty-bound to implement the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, and my agency will do so unless and until I am instructed otherwise,' Brewer wrote.

Polk's concern about state officials being prosecuted has not been shared by state health chief Will Humble.

From the moment the law was implemented, his agency was issuing the cards that allow those with a doctor's recommendation to obtain up to 2 1/2 ounces of marijuana every two weeks. Humble said he was not concerned because his employees were simply processing paperwork and neither handling nor testing the drug.

Humble did delay implementing rules for licensing dispensaries after Brewer sought that federal court ruling about having the state license businesses to grow and sell marijuana. But he relented after the federal judge refused to say there is a conflict between state and federal laws.

The first dispensaries are expected to be licensed within weeks.

The two prosecutors who did not sign the letter to Brewer were from Coconino and La Paz counties. Efforts to reach both late Monday were unsuccessful to find out if they did not agree with their counterparts or simply did not have the opportunity to sign the letter.



ICT - Lamb Auto 0501 Nissan 180x150
Related Stories:
• My Turn: Arizona’s Medical Marijuana Program: facts tell real story


    Most Viewed     Recently Commented
•   Police soon will have one more reason to pull you over (4750 views)

•   What's hot in Verde Valley job market? (2956 views)

•   Cornville man charged with child molestation seeks plea (2875 views)

•   Marana man suffers skull injury, brain bleed following ATV crash (2737 views)

•   Motorcycle rider suffers head injuries in crash (2195 views)



Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Article comment by: Mary Jane

Hard to imagine that these goose-stepping, gestapo-loving county attorneys wouldn't want to follow the laws voted on by the citizens of our great state! What a country!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted: Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Article comment by: Carl Nye - Jerome

Why would anyone want to run for political office? No matter what you do, as the saying sort of goes, you can't please all of the people any of the time. There will always be complainers, lawsuits, and worse (remember Rep. Giffords). Politicians probably make their decisions based on gaining the most votes, or the most money, and caring very little for what the constituents actually want.

With respect to this situation, it appears that the county attorneys do not care that the citizens of Arizona voted in favor of medical marijuana (three times, in fact). So, what is really behind these thirteen prosecutors' complaint? Someone please tell me, are these attorneys appointed, or elected? If appointed, by whom? If elected, let's un-elect them as soon as possible.


Posted: Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Article comment by: Fare Play

re superman
If the marijuana was legal then the mexican drug gangs would not be making any more money on marijuana, so your logic with that argument is illogical. Doesn't take a superman to figure that out.


Posted: Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Article comment by: Joe Blow

@Ron- It is a law voted on by the PEOPLE of this state. Why would she go against the will of the voters of Arizona to make a few county attorneys happy? They are upset they will be losing out on all kinds of money because they can not throw MMJ card holders in jail and ruin their lives over a few joints any more. This is a war on revenue generation, not a war on drugs as it was originally billed. Face the fact's, cannabis is much safer then all the pills doctors get PAID to get you hooked on...

Posted: Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Article comment by: Michael May

The "war on drugs" is nothing more than a tax on the people. People of this state who engage in any activity of taking drugs of any kind are doing no harm to anyone but themselves. The government should only regulate behavior when it does harm to another. Murder, rape, burglary, assault, etc. It is not against the law for someone to drink a beer, but when drinking too much influences the choice to drive down the road and hurt someone else, that is a just law. Arresting someone for smoking pot however is not a just law.

Posted: Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Article comment by: Fare Play

re Ron Kirkish

You sound like a prosecuter that makes a lot of money by putting marijuana related offenders behind bars. There is something seriously wrong with your thinking and it goes against any kind of freedom of choice, which is something this country was founded upon. In fact George Washington along with many many of our first presidents were regular marijuana users. The only reason marijuana became illegal was racial in nature too many blacks and black musicians were having too much fun and our government didn't want them black people corrupting our youth, and that is the truth.


Posted: Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Article comment by: Super Man

Very sad day for the State of Arizona. Governor Brewer needs to leave the stage of this great state.

Posted: Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Article comment by: Super Man

Why does this Republican Governor want to continue to turn our great state into a culture of "Drug Abuse"? Doesn't this state already have enough problems with Mexican Drug Gangs, Drug Abuse........Brewers stance absolutely makes no sense.

Posted: Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Article comment by: Ron Kirkish

Governor Brewer's in action is going to do very serious damage to the State of Arizona, the state that she has sworn to protect.

The Governor has been made fully aware of the actions taken by the US Attorney's across America, including the States of California, Washington, Oregon, and Colorado. Yet she continues to stubbornly hold to road she insists on going down.

There is something serious wrong with Gov. Brewer when she summarily ignores the strong warnings of the 13 out of 15 of the County Attorney's across the State of Arizona.......very serious wrong.....

The Citizens of Arizona will soon be paying dearly from this Governors serious lack of judgement.


Posted: Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Article comment by: Fare Play

I only hope that she can stick to her guns. I only see a catch 22 for despensaries and MM card holders in this state until the feds get their act together and clarify the laws on this subject.

Posted: Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Article comment by: alicia browning

she likes to fight with the feds so much legal pot smoker's have nothing to worry about.



Article Comment Submission Form
Comments are not posted immediately. Submissions must adhere to our Use of Service Terms of Use agreement. Rambling or nonsensical comments may not be posted. Comments are limited to Facebook character limits. In order for us to reasonably manage this feature we may limit excessive comment entries.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Required
Last Name:
Required
Telephone:
Required
Email:
Required
Comment:
Required
Passcode:
Required
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.
   


Advanced Search

HSE - We want to hear from you
HSE - Father Son Look a Like Contest
HSE - Readers Choice 300x100
Find more about Weather in Cottonwood, AZ
Click for weather forecast





Submission Links
 •  Submit your feedback about our site

Find It Features Blogs Celebrate Submit Extras Other Publications Local Listings
Classifieds | Place Ad | Galleries | Kudos | Real Estate | Subscriber Services | e-News | RSS | Site Map | Find Verde Jobs | Contact Us
LB - RoomStore 0503

© Copyright 2016 Western News&Info, Inc.® The Verde Independent is the information source for Cottonwood and Verde Valley area communities in Northern Arizona. Original content may not be reprinted or distributed without the written permission of Western News&Info, Inc.® Verde News Online is a service of WNI. By using the Site, verdenews.com ®, you agree to abide and be bound by the Site's terms of use and Privacy Policy, which prohibit commercial use of any information on the Site. Click here to submit your questions, comments or suggestions. Verde News Online is a proud publication of Western News&Info Inc.® All Rights Reserved.

Software © 1998-2016 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved