Jan Brewer Calls for Federal Decision on Medical Marijuana
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer ordered state Attorney General Tom Horne to get a federal court’s ruling on whether the state can implement its medical marijuana law on Tuesday, citing her fear that people could end up being prosecuted by the federal government.
Personally opposed to the initiative, Brewer nevertheless said she “believe[s] in the will of the people.”
However, she continued, “Unfortunately, with this piece of legislation, there are some pretty serious consequences if we don’t get them resolved. And I, as governor, am not willing to put those people at risk.”
The law, passed by initiative in November, allows Arizonans with doctor’s certification to be treated with marijuana. However, this is seen by many to be in direct violation of federal statues that make possession, sale and transportation of the drug a felony.
Expressing her legal concerns, Brewer cited a letter from Dennis Burke, the U.S. Attorney for Arizona, to the state’s health chief. She perceived the letter to be a warning that anyone involved in the medical marijuana process could be liable for prosecution by his office. This includes patients, dispensary operators, landlords and even state health officials.