The cannabis-hating Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery is trying to get a seat on the Arizona Supreme Court for a second time this year. His first attempt was swiftly rejected due to strong public opposition. However, there are four new members of the high court, so Montgomery believes he will be accepted this time.
Montgomery’s attempt earlier this year to replace Justice John Pelander floundered quickly, AZ Central reports, because prior to Montgomery’s initial scheduled interview in March, commissioners were flooded with complaints and questions regarding Montgomery’s strong opposition of the LGBTQ community and medical marijuana.
“…Montgomery’s background shows that he lacks traits necessary to serve in this capacity: He can’t fairly consider misconduct allegations, is driven by ideology and lacks appellate experience crucial to the highest court in our state,” stated Mikel Steinfeld of Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice.”
The Arizona Supreme Court’s purpose is to impartially uphold Arizona’s laws, not obstruct them. However, due to his bias, Montgomery has attempted to interfere with the voter-approved Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (AMMA), the Arizona Capital Times reported in February.
For instance, his anti-marijuana stance led him to needlessly argue that federal law trumps the AMMA, which a judge rejected. He’s also tried interfering with the AMMA via zoning laws for medical marijuana dispensaries by saying that the permits issued were “aiding and abetting in the violation of federal law.” He failed, again.
Arizonans are urged to contact Governor Doug Ducey and the Arizona Commissions on Appellate and Trial Court Appointments to voice their opinion of Montgomery and/or the other Supreme Court applicants.
Governor Doug Ducey
Arizona Judicial Commission