[Sunday ‘Arizona Republic’ EJ Montini Column] RLG’s Ryan Hurley ‘as the boogeyman’ – High praise from ‘Republic’s’ EJ Montini for our Medical Marijuana Co-chair’s fight to preserve Arizona’s medical marijuana law

Montgomery, Horne simply hate medical marijuana law
By E. J. Montini
The Arizona Republic
State Attorney General Tom Horne and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery must think of Ryan Hurley as the boogeyman.
He’s actually worse than that. He’s a lawyer.
Which still puts him ahead of Horne and Montgomery, who are lawyers and politicians, as well as two men doing everything they can to keep the state from fully implementing the medical-marijuana law that — for a third time — was approved by voters.
Apparently the top law-enforcement officials in the state have solved Arizona’s crime problem and now have time to frighten sick people and threaten those who want to help them.
Most recently, Horne issued a non-binding opinion saying that federal law supersedes Arizona’s medical-marijuana law and that allowing marijuana dispensaries to move forward could get people arrested. Not by federal authorities, who have expressed no interest in prosecuting medical-marijuana cases, but by Montgomery, who publicly proclaimed that he is prepared to consider prosecuting cases the feds aren’t interested in.
Hurley represents some of the folks who plan to open medical-marijuana dispensaries in Arizona.
He told me, “His (Montgomery’s) press conference amounted to fear and intimidation rather than anything new. The county attorney enforces and prosecutes state law, not federal law. … So this sort of notion that he’s going to be out there arresting people under state law is just silly.”
Silly, yes.
But also predictable.
If interested in discussing medical marijuana, you can contact Co-chair of the RLG Medical Marijuana Department Ryan Hurley @ rhurley@roselawgroup.com

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August 2012