Will Humble, AZ DHS Director, Not Worried About Running Medical-Pot Program Despite New Federal Warning

If the feds decide to pull up their jackboots and bust state employees for administering Arizona's medical-marijuana program, the director of the state Department of Health Services could be a target.

After all, Will Humble is the boss at DHS, the state agency that will be approving applications for dispensaries and inspecting marijuana grow-shops and inventory.

But Humble says he's not worried -- despite a February 16 letter by Acting Arizona U.S. Attorney Ann Scheel warning that state employees aren't "immune" from prosecution under federal drug laws.

"As long as they stay true to their job, I can't imagine a prosecutor would bring a case like that," Humble says.

Humble points out that the feds are well aware the state was ordered to implement the voter-approved program by a state judge. State employees who "never took a sample, never did anything untoward and kept their noses clean" will probably be safe, he says -- adding quickly that that's just his opinion.

The February 16 letter by Scheel (see below) was "much ado about not much," Humble says.

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Ray Stern has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for Investigative Journalism.
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