Judge Michael Gordon of Maricopa County Superior Court ruled on behalf of Arizona’s Medical Marijuana Act, stating that it does not conflict with the Federal government or the Controlled Substances Act. The ruling upholds the Arizona medical marijuana program, which means that dispensaries should begin to open soon, and should be able to flourish without hindrance from the Fed or Arizona officials.
Judge Gordon stated, “This court will not rule that Arizona, having sided with the ever-growing minority of states and having limited it to medical use, has violated public policy.” This ruling is monumental for Arizona. It basically tells the Fed and Arizona officials to stop impeding the medical marijuana program from being fully implemented –as it should have been in 2010.
Arizona Organix, the Glendale dispensary-to-be, said the pending ruling had a large influence on their decision to delay opening. So it is probably safe to assume that Arizona Organix will be opening their doors before 2013.
Jeffrey Kaufman, the lead attorney for White Mountain Health Center has written an article for AZmarijuana.com about the amazing win that he helped fight for. The medical marijuana community in Arizona thanks you Mr. Kaufman and all the other activists. Read Mr. Kaufman’s article here.