Montana legislator Diane Sands is floating a radical idea–that the feds should leave the states alone when it comes to medical marijuana. Specifically, she said marijuana should be delisted at the federal level. Serving as a progressive lesbian Democrat in a state house where Republicans have a 68-32 advantage, she says has taught her a [...]
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PHOENIX (CN) – Arizona sued the United States, asking a federal judge to tell it whether the state’s voter-approved Medical Marijuana Act is pre-empted by federal law. Voters approved the Proposition 203, Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, in November 2010. It decriminalizes “medical marijuana for use by people with certain chronic and debilitating medical conditions,” according [...]
Arizonans who plan to submit an application to operate a medical marijuana dispensary will have to wait indefinitely, as the program is on hold pending a decision by a federal court judge. On May 24, Governor Jan Brewer directed Attorney General Tom Horne to file a lawsuit asking a federal judge to weigh in on [...]
Blaming fear over the legality of Arizona’s new medical marijuana law, Governor Jan Brewer has defied the will of the voters and has asked Attorney General Tom Horne to file suit against it according to Dylan Smith of the Tuscon Sentinel. The two said court action is needed to determine if the Arizona Medical Marijuana [...]
When the state began approving applications for medical-marijuana users last month, officials offered no guidance about where to find pot. Since dispensaries are not yet licensed, more than two-thirds of the roughly 3,300 Arizonans who have permission to use marijuana also have indicated they plan to grow it.
Washington Governor Chris Gregoire says she wants all the states that allow medical marijuana to ask the federal government to reclassify the drug. She scheduled a conference call among those states Thursday. Meanwhile, a state Senate committee heard testimony Wednesday on a last ditch effort to pass an overhaul of Washington’s medical marijuana law.
When Attorney General Eric Holder announced in October 2009 that the Dept. of Justice would respect state medical marijuana laws, the nation breathed a collective sigh of relief. By that time, any lingering support for aggressive federal raids on medical marijuana providers had dwindled into invisibility. The American people wanted to see patients protected, and [...]