PHOENIX — U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions may be looking to crack down on marijuana sales in states where they are legal, but Arizona medical-marijuana users likely don’t need to worry.
But the governor has made it clear in the past that he would not support legalization.
The law also says if the Arizona Department of Health Services fails to issue a medical-marijuana-user identification card within 45 days of getting a valid application or renewal, the card “shall be deemed issued” and a copy of the application qualifies as a valid ID card.
“I don’t think that any state became stronger by being stoned,” he said during a 2016 news conference.
The first is designed to protect medical-marijuana users against any state administration that decides to use the illegality of marijuana under federal law to shut down Arizona’s program.
But this protection expires Jan. 19 unless Congress includes it in the new spending bill — or at least adopts another “continuing resolution” to keep the government operating while a budget deal is being negotiated.
Even if that happens, there are some protections built into the Arizona law.