AZ Officials Put Medical Marijuana Progam on HoldSubmitted by Michael Nystrom on Wed, 05/25/2011 - 10:22
CNBC - PHOENIX - Gov. Jan Brewer said Tuesday that she plans to put Arizona's new medical marijuana plan on hold as the state files a federal lawsuit to find out whether state employees regulating the program would face prosecution.
The governor's action was a response to a May 2 letter from U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke that said even if Arizona law allows for a medical marijuana program, his office "will continue to vigorously prosecute individuals and organizations that participate in unlawful manufacturing, distribution and marketing activity involving marijuana."
In the letter, Burke said "property owners, landlords and financiers" of medical marijuana could face federal criminal prosecution. Although he made no mention of state employees, Brewer said the letter clearly means that they could be in jeopardy of prosecution for regulating the program.
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