Governor Brewer Fails to Defend Will of Voters in Attack on Medical Pot; Supports Enforcement of Federal Drugs Laws

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Governor Jan Brewer is failing to stand up for Arizona's voters following the Arizona U.S. Attorney's threat to arrest participants of the state's new medical marijuana program.

Governor Jan Brewer ought to just come out and admit it: She's thwarting the will of voters who approved Arizona's Medical Marijuana Act in November.

Her frontal assault on the law, announced yesterday, is buttressed by her bias against the concept of medical marijuana -- an opinion she made clear before voters narrowly approved Proposition 203. As we reported yesterday, Brewer's about to ask a federal court to make a ruling on the legality of Arizona's medical-pot program, and plans to prevent the state Department of Health Services from issuing permits for pot dispensaries as they were set to do next month.

Few politicians would openly attack voters, though, so naturally Brewer and her enforcer in this scheme to derail the Act, state Attorney General Tom Horne, have chosen their words carefully.

Brewer's written statement yesterday mentions that Arizona "has worked to follow the wishes of voters."

Her spokesman, Matt Benson, tells us today that "she's really at this point trying to take a neutral role."

Neutral? In announcing her plan, Brewer didn't utter a single word in defense of the law or the voters who approved it.

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Arizona voters approved Prop 203 in November -- not that Governor Jan Brewer cares.
Something else Benson told us during our talk with him this morning suggests there's nothing neutral about what Brewer's doing: "She supports the federal government's enforcing its drug laws."

Tell us if something's wrong with our logic here:

* Brewer supports enforcement of federal laws against marijuana and will deny dispensary permits while waiting for a federal court to tell her what to do.

* Arizona voters support medical marijuana, approved dispensaries in a new law, and don't like to be told what to do by the federal government.

* Therefore, Brewer doesn't support voters.

What happened to state's rights, governor?

She defends SB 1070 every chance she gets and is using taxpayer money to fund a defense of the anti-illegal-immigrant law, which has been partially shot down in federal court.

Brewer points to U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke's letter to Arizona officials earlier this month as a cause for concern. This is patent nonsense, because Burke's letter did little more than reaffirm what Brewer and everyone else already knew: Marijuana is against federal law.

Brewer's not tucking her tail between her legs because of Burke's federal saber-rattling. We have no doubt that if Brewer respected the will of voters on the marijuana issue, she'd have used the letter as another chance to show -- once again -- that she's not scared of the feds. She could have mentioned how if the feds dare arrest Arizona's civil servants for carrying out the will of the people, Arizona would stand ready to vigorously defend their actions.

It seems clear that she's instead using Burke's letter as a pretext for an attack on a new law she hates. No doubt, her political consultants have run the numbers and decided that most of her constituents weren't among the 50 percent-plus who approved Prop 203.

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Monte Bates
Monte Bates

Your vote doesn't count in Syria, Iran, Egypt ect. How can one person defy the will of the people. Oh yea she was opposed to the proposition. Arizona has no money for a number of programs organ transplant for one. Governor Brewer seems to have plenty of money to bring a law suit against prop 203, The Legacy of fear plays well for the media. Sound familiar, it didn't work then. So why not railroad over half of arizona voters that are clueless. Last time the radical right dragged it out so long everyone forgot about it. I can see through the over acting and scare tactics, maybe I'm the only one? How dare she talk out of both sides of her mouth when she says I'de like to see the initiative stand for the voters. But I'm so scared of the Federal Government. What was that? Did I hear that correctly? A scary letter that says the Federal Government that will not seek prosecution against mmj patients and prosecute criminal elements that seek to profit. We bring suit against them for immigration and stand up to them, now the tail is tucked between the legs? come on people this can only feel good for those that opposed the law, and even they know this is a injustice. I pray that there'll will be an out cry to spend our resources more wisely.leave ego out and let common sense in, difficult thing to find in Arizona politics it seems. After all that seems to be at the core of immigration, resources. What is at the core of this issue? My position as a mmj critic is in jeopardy oh well at least I can grow for now that is.

Monte Bates
Monte Bates

Only in Libya do misguided leaders rule. I have respect for the Libyans at least they let their voice be heard. Yesterday no one said a word about this injustice. So I'm Standing out front of the Governor's office with my sign in 100 degrees for 4 hours wow what a sacrifice, right. Come on people. I had only the support of a few state employees that felt One Love is exactly what we need.

TeoBuneo
TeoBuneo

Impeach Brewer and Horne!

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Is there a real issue here?  Or, is this just an opportunity to trash the will of the people because Jan does not believe as the majority do?

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

She wants a cabinet post like Napolitano.    A new one such as the Department of Flip Flopping and Obfuscation.

Jason
Jason

Jan and Tom haven't did what's right for Arizona for quite awhile.....

This is just another brick in the wall.....

Joe
Joe

This does not did what is best for Arizona.  How about standing behind a statewide result where the MAJORITY of Arizona's voters enacted this law Jan?

J Curwen
J Curwen

What bothers me perhaps the most (although it's a hard call) is how disingenuous Brewer & crew are being about this. They are anything but neutral. What a bunch of weasels! We expected opposition from them. If they had any guts they'd at least be forthright about their position on this issue. Instead they demonstrate their cowardice. They hide behind legalese and rhetoric, when all on both sides of the issue know from whence they come.

63mlya
63mlya

It doesn't surprise me in the least. If this state really wanted to defy FEDGOV,  they would jump on the anti-TSA sexual molestation issue like TX, NH, PA and other states looking to protect the rights of their citizens.  Also they would fight for the rights os the voters. It states in the constiturion than states not the Federal Government are the only entities that can create & enforce drug laws. Anslinger thwarted that with his racist, scare propoganda to make a plant evil. If the Fed was really interested in battling drug abuse, how come our military and intelligence community has been smuggling drugs into our country for the last 45 years?

Gdoka
Gdoka

We Native Americans have been told what to do by the Federal Govt. for over 500 years, you think they will let up on this issue good luck.

Albert
Albert

I've already posted this reponse in another section:According to Horne, some states have halted their medical marijuana programs completely in view of those threats of prosecution.“We took a neutral position,” he said. “We have not sought to undo the will of the voters, nor have we sought to give implementation to our own views of the merits of the situation. … We’ll let those with an interest in the subject actually do the arguing for one side or the other on the merits of it. We simply think a court has to rule on it.” Hahaha… that’s some BS!!  They have sought to undue the will of the voters of Arizona. They are supposed to protect and defend our laws, and not ask a court to invalidate our laws. If they were really concerned, they would have stopped every interaction with the state and patients. He said that the people who have in interest would do the arguing for one side or the other on the merits of it?? I think he’s saying that the dispensary owners, and patients, and doctors are going to defend their position of the law, and that they won’t defend our voter approved law??? Does that mean he’s not doing his job???  I’m not even going to get started with SB1070….. 

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