Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk has never hidden her opposition of marijuana. But on Feb 7, Polk took her disapproval to a new—and absurd—level when she compared Arizona’s concentrated marijuana products to illegally manufacturing explosives.
Polk stated: “A finding that the AMMA protects the narcotic drug cannabis would be akin to a finding that explosives produced from fertilizer are protected by laws allowing the sale of farm products,” KJZZ 91.5 Radio reports.
Initially, one court agreed with Polk’s interpretation, but now that ruling is under fire. Robert Mandel is the counsel representing a convicted man within the Arizona Supreme Court. He calls Polk’s tactics, fear mongering.
“Arizona voters declared that Arizona patients should be able to use the medicines of the cannabis plant,” Mandel said. “That medicine is in the plant’s resin.”
Sheila Polk will be defending the State of Arizona since Attorney General Mark Brnovich has declined to continue to push the issue.
Polk’s brief reads, in part, that, “If this court rejects the state’s position that Jones’s possession of cannabis was not protected by the AMMA, it should consider whether the AMMA is preempted by federal law. The AMMA undermines the federal government’s ability to regulate the safety and efficacy of drugs.”
Arguments in the case begin on March 19.