Arizona Squeezes Medical Pot Use
Public institutions in the state will go MMJ-free, partly due to fears of federal funding cuts.
People at public universities, community colleges, and child-care facilities in Arizona will no longer be allowed to use, or be in possession of medical marijuana; Republican Governor Jan Brewer signed the law yesterday and it'll take effect in the summer. The measure is the latest of a series of attempts to restrict the therapeutic use of marijuana in the state; it moved quickly through the legislature with bipartisan support. Those backing the law say it will protect federal funding for colleges and universities, which they claim would be threatened if medical marijuana were allowed on campus. "With the health and safety of Arizona's students, as well as literally hundreds of millions of dollars at stake, this legislation is critically necessary," says Republican State Representative Amanda Reeve. "Our children and adult students are far too important to risk. I'm proud to say we acted swiftly and decisively when confronted by this obvious concern." The concern was prompted in part by events in neighboring California: in recent months the federal government has sought to shut down medical marijuana greenhouses and pot shops in located near schools and parks, and one terminally ill medical pot patient was ejected from a university hospital.