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Letter urges Brewer to halt medical marijuana

Letter urges Brewer to halt medical marijuana

CREATED Jul 31, 2012

Web Producer: Taylor Avey

PHOENIX (AP) - Nearly every county attorney in the state is urging Gov. Jan Brewer to halt the state's medical marijuana program.

Thirteen of them signed off on a letter to Brewer earlier this month, saying Arizona's program is pre-empted by federal law.

State health officials have expressed concern in the past that they could be federally prosecuted for implementing the law.

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

U.S. Attorney's Office spokesman Bill Solomon tells the Arizona Republic that the U.S. Justice Department is focusing on significant drug traffickers, not people who are complying with state medical marijuana statutes.

Arizona law places no limits on the amount of marijuana a dispensary could grow. About 29,500 people have medical marijuana cards.

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Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com

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