Appeals court overturns law banning medical marijuana at Arizona colleges

Arizona state lawmakers erred by passing legislation barring medical marijuana on college campuses, an appellate court ruled Thursday.

While Arizonians voted in 2010 in favor of establishing a statewide medical marijuana program, their Legislature passed a law two years later making it a crime to possess pot on college and university campuses.

The state Court of Appeals on Thursday said the Legislature violated the Arizona Constitution’s protections for voter-approved laws when it implemented restrictions in 2012.

Institutions are free to establish their own policies prohibiting contraband on campus, the appeals court ruled. Lawmakers can’t make possessing marijuana on campus a crime, however, since the state Constitution prohibits the Legislature from amending voter-approved laws that don’t “further the purpose” of the people’s intent.

“To the contrary, it eliminate[d] some of its protections,” Judge Peter Swann wrote for the panel’s unanimous 3-0 ruling with respect to the 2012 restrictions.

5 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • justinwachin says:

    There is likely to be an outbreak of medical conditions on college campuses which can only be cured by medical marijuana. Part of the reason the drinking age was raised in the 1980s stemmed from the fact 18 year olds who are away from home for the first time are likely to make some really bad decisions. For those who begin using marijuana they may flunk out of school with a large debt hanging over their head. They may use pot as a gateway drug to harder drugs.

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    3. William Bilyeu says:

      If there is an ingredient in marijuana that is medically necessary, I am sure it can be refined by a pharmaceutical company. The main drive behind legalization of marijuana seems to be just to “get high.” The main medical reasons are that it kills brain cells related to nausea and pain. But it kills other brain cells, too. Also, marijuana was the first step to harder drugs for many. Neal Diamond had a recording of such testimony on a song in the 1980s; I think it was entitled “The Pot Smokers Song.”

      1. justinwachin says:

        Medical marijuana is nothing more than a nice sounding way to get pot to the potheads. Some people may use compounds from marijuana because they at least believe they cure a medical condition. For most pot advocates this is nothing more than a step on the journey to get marijuana legalized for everyone.

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