Judge won't put medical marijuana ruling on hold

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX (AP) -- A judge is refusing to temporarily block his recent ruling that Arizona's medical marijuana law is constitutional and that federal drug laws don't stand in the way of implementing it.

A Maricopa County Superior Court spokesman says Judge Michael Gordon on Thursday denied County Attorney Bill Montgomery's request to suspend the ruling pending the outcome of an appeal to a higher court.

Montgomery says he'll next ask the Court of Appeals to issue a stay.

The case initially focused on whether the county had to approve zoning for a Sun City dispensary.

The case grew to include whether federal drug laws pre-empt Arizona's medical marijuana law.

Gordon ruled last week that they don't and that the county must provide zoning clearances for the Sun City dispensary.