Legality of Medical Marijuana Clubs in Arizona Questioned by State Officials
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|Will Humble, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, writes in his latest blog post that his agency has "serious concerns" about the legality of cannabis clubs.|
The rise of medical-marijuana clubs in Arizona is giving state officials an anxiety attack.
Will Humble, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, writes in his latest blog post that his agency has asked the state Attorney General's Office to check into whether the clubs can operate legally.
We've been telling you about these clubs for a few weeks now, and it's probably no coincidence that Humble's announcement comes on the same day New Times published a comprehensive article about medical marijuana that prominently mentions the clubs. Since Governor Jan Brewer and Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne stalled the voter-approved dispensary industry, the compassion clubs have been filling the gap for qualified patients who want to obtain medicinal weed.
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|Medical marijuana "edibles" are among the offerings to patients at local compassion clubs.|
Of course, Horne's the same Prop 203 critic who's helping Brewer thwart voters, so we're wary that his office's "analysis" might contain a heap of political bias.
Time will tell if the public will be allowed to inspect the requested analysis, if and when it's completed.
As we noted in this week's feature article, state officials refuse to release publicly their written analysis of the state's legal theories behind the move to reject dispensary applications.
This lack of transparency by our leaders doesn't inspire much confidence in the legitimacy of their decisions.