Governor Brewer to Police Chiefs: You Should Have Tried Harder to Stop "Dreadful" Medical Pot Law
Governor Jan Brewer, having halted the state's medical marijuana dispensary industry, laments that she and police chiefs didn't campaign hard enough against the new pot law before the November election.
Governor Jan Brewer told the state's police chiefs today that they should have tried harder to stop voters from passing the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act.
We're a bit perplexed why that makes a difference to Brewer -- she and state Attorney General Tom Horne are effectively thwarting the voter-approved act despite the fair election. After all, Brewer ordered the state Department of Health Services in May to reject applications for marijuana dispensaries and filed a lawsuit that begs the feds to say whether or not what the voters approved is legal.
According to Capitol Media Services reporter Howie Fischer, Brewer said during a speech today in Flagstaff at the annual conference of the Arizona Association of Police Chiefs:
"I believe we all have a duty to speak with a unified voice on irresponsible ballot measures that jeopardize public safety ... Proposition 203 ... is a good example where a unified voice might have prevented passage of this dreadful situation ... So now, here we are."
"Dreadful," indeed. Egads, what will Gilbert police do if they can no longer launch heavily armed raids on homes in search of an ounce of pot?
Though she spoke out against Proposition 203 before November's election, Brewer told Fischer after her speech that she also should have done more to campaign against the measure.
Again, we're not sure why this matters, since she and Horne seem to be running a stealthy, post-election campaign -- with Horne, at least, taking advice from Prop 203's main opponents.
Meanwhile Brewer maintains that her actions against the law are just about protecting state workers from arrest, and not her personal feelings.
In other Arizona medical weed news, Greg Patterson of Espresso Pundit took Arizona Republic columnist E.J. Montini to task today for noting the apparent hypocrisy of right-wing "states' rights" supporters who don't support the medical pot law.
Perhaps we're just not smart enough to understand the legal nuances of this argument like Horne, a Hahvahd-trained lawyer, or Patterson, who got his law degree from Arizona State University.
All we know is that Brewer and Horne, who are defending staunchly what federal officials say are unconstitutional laws against illegal immigrants, aren't respecting the wishes of state voters concerning medical marijuana.
As we blogged about yesterday, at least one high-profile Republican -- New Jersey Governor Chris Christie -- will move ahead with the state-approved plan for medical marijuana dispensaries, in spite of what the feds say.
Oh, and what did Christie do before becoming a politician? You guessed it -- he was an attorney.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss Phoenix New Times' biggest stories.