AZ: Arizona Lawmaker Wants to Repeal Medical Marijuana LawBy Associated Press January 5, 2013
PHOENIX, AZ – A state lawmaker says he wants to repeal Arizona’s medical marijuana law. Republican Rep. John Kavanagh of Fountain Hills filed a bill Thursday that would refer the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act back to the ballot in November 2014.
The law allows people with certain medical conditions to legally grow, sell and use the drug. It was approved by voters in 2010 by a narrow margin of about 4,300 votes.
Kavanagh said that voters deserve the right to rethink whether the law should have passed in the first place.
He said new a new study that found 1 out of 9 Arizona teenagers were obtaining pot from medical marijuana cardholders “was the last straw.” The same study, however, also showed a decline in overall marijuana usage among teens since the state legalized medical marijuana in 2010.
Like many other republicans, Kavanagh says he’s also concerned that the state’s medical marijuana law conflicts with federal drug laws.
House Concurrent Resolution 2003 would require the Legislature’s approval, but not Gov. Jan Brewer’s signature. The legislative session begins Jan. 14.