County attorneys in Arizona band together against medical marijuana

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by Steve Ryan

azfamily.com

Posted on August 1, 2012 at 6:51 AM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 1 at 7:20 AM

PHOENIX --  In the 11th hour before medical-marijuana dispensaries will start being issued licenses, most county attorneys in Arizona are banding together in an effort to get Gov. Jan Brewer to halt the program.

The prosecutors, including Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, wrote a letter to Brewer saying that the program will essentially force state employees to violate federal law.  However, the U.S. Attorney's Office tells 3TV that the Justice Department has been ordered to focus on significant drug traffickers, not people complying with state law.

Brewer says she shares the county attorneys' concerns, but has to implement the program because voters approved it.

Medical marijuana patients and caregivers tell 3TV that the benefits of the medicine far outweigh the side effects of chemical-based remedies, such as narcotics. 

"We always have to follow the law, so we go to extremes to make sure we follow the law.  We do everything in compliance, and all we're trying to do is provide medicine at  a low cost," says Jeff Millicent, a patient and employee of Compassion First.

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