Brewer’s Marijuana Fight

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Governor Jan Brewer, continuing her efforts to, you know, focus on what’s really important in her state, has decided to ban medical marijuana from all Arizona college campuses.

According to an article by Howard Fischer in the East Valley Tribune:

Twice defeated in her attempts to limit the voter-approved medical marijuana law, Gov. Jan Brewer on Tuesday set the stage for a third court battle.

The governor signed legislation to make college and university campuses off-limits to those who are legally allowed to possess and use the drug everywhere else. Brewer press aide Matthew Benson said his boss believes marijuana does not belong there.

The 2010 initiative allows those with a doctor’s recommendation for certain specified medical conditions to get a state-issued card allowing them to obtain up to 2 1/2 ounces of marijuana every two weeks for personal use. While the state started issuing cards for medical marijuana users last year, Brewer barred the state health department from processing applications for dispensaries. The initiative mandated licensing of about 125 of them around the state where users could legally obtain the drug.

Voters approved the legalization of medical marijuana in 2010 but Brewer, who was elected governor in 2009, vowed to limit the law as much as she could.

The original law apparently specified that modifications are allowed provided they “further the purpose” of the original initiative. Brewer’s spokesman, Matthew Benson, maintains that the governor’s new law does that; the original law prohibited marijuana in elementary and secondary schools. “This merely extends an existing prohibition to our college campuses,” he said to Fischer. “It is a reasonable limitation.”

Brewer, who never really went to college, might be forgiven for failing to understand this but no, it’s not a reasonable limitation. Students in elementary and secondary schools are children. College students are adults. There’s no valid health or safety reason for this attempt to gut a law approved by the people of Arizona. [Image via]

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer