Originally Published: August 30, 2012 9:58 p.m.
On Tuesday, Aug. 7, the Courier's headline read, "AG Horne: Pot dispensaries illegal." Being a recent transplant from California, I could not believe that the people of Arizona would attempt to legalize "medical marijuana." Does anyone look west and see the mess California's medical marijuana scheme has caused? Anyone who wants to get high on pot simply buys a prescription at these local government-approved stores. The feds have been actively closing them for the last six to eight months. You should see the crowds in front of the closed pot houses crying because they cannot get their "medicine." Of course it's in violation of federal law and, of course, the feds are going to close these "dispensaries."
This attempt to legalize pot will also cause problems for gun dealers, since the federal form requires the purchaser to state their use of a controlled substance (most don't consider it controlled, as the state says it's legal). The gun dealers now have to reject those who have a medical marijuana prescription and most will tell the dealer, since they don't realize it's a federal violation.