By Steve Elliott
The Arizona Medical Marijuana Act -- a voter-approved initiative -- has been law for more than three years. But several state and county officials have tried to usurp the wishes of the voters, and these efforts continue.
The medical marijuana program falls under the protection of the Arizona Voter Proposition Act, Prop 105. Based on this provision legislators who try to work against the spirit of the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act are violating the loyalty oath they signed when entering office.
In the past three years, the Arizona Legislature has made it legal for employers to look up which of their employees use medical marijuana, and has simplified the process for law enforcement officers to track sick patients.
"Legally, the Arizona State Legislature may only advance the intent of the ballot measure passed by voters, but citizens have been set up for disappointment," states a Wednesday press release from a group called the American Council for Patient Liberty (ACPL).
"The new Senate Bill 1441 enables destruction of all medical marijuana in the state of Arizona without due process and is a hindrance to patient liberty," the group's press release states.