Arizona Governor’s Case Against Medical Marijuana Dispensaries May Fall Over

Tucson Weekly:  “Well, it seems Gov.  Jan and her crew may have toppled their medical-marijuana man, and they might be out of the game.  A federal judge seemingly ripped the state a new one on Dec.  12 in the first oral arguments in the governor’s lawsuit that stalled Arizona’s MMJ program.”

By |2011-12-27T06:56:54-07:00December 27th, 2011|AZ Marijuana Law Lawsuits, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Arizona Governor’s Case Against Medical Marijuana Dispensaries May Fall Over

New Gilbert Center Helps Medical-marijuana Applicants

Arizona Republic:  “Although the status of medical marijuana remains a bit hazy in Arizona, facilities that help people apply for patient cards continue to spring up — including in Gilbert.  The Green Cross Patient Center opened in Gilbert nearly two months ago in a small strip mall on the southern side of Baseline Road, between Gilbert and Lindsay roads.  Owner and director Charles ‘Chuck’ Hall made it clear that the facility is not a dispensary and that there is no marijuana on site. ‘We are here to help patients get a doctor’s recommendation and to help them with the paperwork,’ he said.”

By |2011-12-22T07:44:03-07:00December 22nd, 2011|Stories & Articles|Comments Off on New Gilbert Center Helps Medical-marijuana Applicants

Feds’ Kill Medical Marijuana Stance Terminates Marin County Dispensary & Collective

Press Democrat:  “The Obama administration’s statewide crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries has landed a one-two punch in Marin County.  The Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana, the state’s oldest dispensary, has posted a sign at its Fairfax storefront officeannouncing that the dispensary will shut down Dec. 17.  And Medi-Cone, a medical marijuana collective that was cultivating, harvesting and packaging medical marijuana for several Bay Area dispensaries ceased operations last week due to increased scrutiny by authorities

By |2012-05-12T14:40:37-07:00December 18th, 2011|Federal Dispensary Attacks, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Feds’ Kill Medical Marijuana Stance Terminates Marin County Dispensary & Collective

Following Federal Judge’s Advice that She Not Vote Present in Her Medical Marijuana Lawsuit Arizona Governor Brewer Choses to Oppose Voters

Yuma Sun:  “Gov. Jan Brewer decided Wednesday to ask a federal judge to overturn a key portion of the state’s voter-approved medical marijuana law.  The move comes two days after Bolton told attorneys for the state she would throw out Brewer’s original lawsuit which simply asked the judge to decide if state employees can be prosecuted under the federal Controlled Substances Act for processing permits. Bolton said the state has to pick a side: Either federal law trumps last year’s initiative, or the state can implement its law despite federal statutes. . . . Brewer has chosen the former position, even though that’s contrary to what voters mandated.”

Governor Brewer has taken the exact opposite position with respect to Arizona’s Proposition 1070, the anti-illegal immigration law that will be considered by the United States Supreme Court.  In the SB 1070 case Governor Brewer is asking the Supreme Court to rule that Arizona can implement its law despite federal statutes.  Isn’t it the job of the Governor to enforce the laws of Arizona rather than making a personal choice as to which laws she will enforce?

By |2015-04-06T18:52:33-07:00December 15th, 2011|AZ Marijuana Law Lawsuits, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Following Federal Judge’s Advice that She Not Vote Present in Her Medical Marijuana Lawsuit Arizona Governor Brewer Choses to Oppose Voters

Federal Judge Not Happy with Arizona’s Failure to Pick a Side in Its Medical Marijuana Lawsuit

Arizona Republic:  “U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton tore apart the state’s medical-marijuana lawsuit Monday, saying Arizona has to pick a side in the conflict over state and federal law.  Bolton stopped short of dismissing the case, saying she would issue a ruling later. But she told Assistant Attorney General Lori Davis she would throw it out unless the state decides whether or not to support its own law.  ‘That’s how lawsuits work,’ Bolton said. ‘The plaintiff takes a position’.”

Phoenix New Times:  “Governor Jan Brewer’s lawsuit against Arizona’s medical marijuana law took a beating today in federal court, where a judge told the state’s lawyers to pick a side on the issue. . . . Brewer and Horne, however, don’t have the chutzpah to actually argue against the voter-approved law — something that could be politically dangerous. . . . Their lawsuit relies on the creation of 20 fictitious defendants — 10 who believe the new state law violates federal law, and 10 who don’t believe it — to bolster their position that a dispute exists.  But Bolton said today that she planned to dismiss all of the fictitious defendants, adding that the tactic cannot ‘persist’ in federal court.  Arizona would need to choose which side it’s on before the suit can proceed, Bolton told Lori Davis, an assistant attorney general.”

East Vally Tribune:  “A federal judge chided Attorney General Tom Horne Monday, saying he was asking her to do his job: advising state agencies on the law. . . . ‘You don’t come to court and say, ‘Well, this our best advice, you give it a shot,” she told Assistant Attorney General Lori Davis.  Davis protested that the state finds itself in ‘an impossible position,’ being told by voters to license dispensaries but fearing that the workers who process the applications can be charged with helping facilitate the distribution of marijuana. She said Bolton should tell the state – and the governor – whether it’s OK to proceed.  ‘That’s what the AG is for, Bolton responded. ‘It’s not the courts that give (legal) advice’.”

By |2011-12-13T07:05:43-07:00December 13th, 2011|AZ Marijuana Law Lawsuits, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Federal Judge Not Happy with Arizona’s Failure to Pick a Side in Its Medical Marijuana Lawsuit

Medical Marijuana Attorneys want Judge to Order Brewer to follow Arizona Law

East Valley Tribune:  “Attorneys for would-be marijuana dispensaries asked a state judge Wednesday to order Gov. Jan Brewer to follow the law approved by voters and begin issuing licenses as the statute directs.  ‘I don’t care whether she likes it or doesn’t like it,’ Ty Taber told Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Richard Gama. ‘Her sole job and responsibility is to implement that act.’  Assistant Attorney General Lori Davis did not dispute that last year’s voter-approved law requires the state Department of Health Services to license about 125 dispensaries where certified medical marijuana users can obtain the drug. And she conceded that Brewer has, in fact, directed the Department of Health Services not to issue any of those licenses.”

By |2011-12-10T08:53:40-07:00December 10th, 2011|AZ Marijuana Law Lawsuits, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Medical Marijuana Attorneys want Judge to Order Brewer to follow Arizona Law

Woman Sues over Medical Marijuana Related Firing

Sedona Red Rock News:  “While medical marijuana possession and use was legalized by voters in November 2010, one local woman said she was fired earlier this year simply for being a cardholder.  Now she is suing Verde Valley Community Hospice, a company located in Old Town Cottonwood, for wrongful termination and defamation.”

 

By |2015-04-06T18:52:33-07:00December 7th, 2011|AZ Marijuana Law Lawsuits, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Woman Sues over Medical Marijuana Related Firing

Yoki A Ma’ Medical Marijuana Club Busted by Tempe and Nevada Authorities; Six Arrested — Club Owner Craig Sherf Talks to New Times

Phoenix New Times:  “Tempe police teamed up with Nevada authorities this week to bust the Yoki A Ma’ medical marijuana club, arresting six people. . . . In the three other club-busts that we’re aware of, though, either no charges were ever filed or the charges were dropped. Those cases, if you’ll recall involved: the Medical Marijuana Advocacy Group of Tempe (no charges); Al Sobol’s 2811 Club, LLC, (no charges); and the Arizona Go Green Co-op, (charges dropped).  Authorities could still charge the operators from the first two clubs or re-charge the folks from Go Green, (though Horne’s office told us a couple of weeks ago it didn’t intend to pursue that case, which was initiated by the Drug Enforcement Agency.) . . . The six arrested were: * Craig Allen Scherf . . . Nicole Dawn Scherf  . . . Richard Ray Hagerman . . . Renee Bruggeman . . . Rodger Murray . . . Mark Siegezwki . . . . Nicole Marie Clemens.”

See “Las Vegas woman arrested in medical marijuana dispensary crackdown.”

By |2015-04-06T18:52:33-07:00December 1st, 2011|Cannabis Clubs, Marijuana Crimes, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Yoki A Ma’ Medical Marijuana Club Busted by Tempe and Nevada Authorities; Six Arrested — Club Owner Craig Sherf Talks to New Times