On January 10, Arizona Rep. Mark Cardenas introduced legislation that would secure Arizona’s medical marijuana patients and workers from federal prosecution.
Home Bill 2144 would avoid any state or local police from assisting federal police that aims to investigate, apprehend or prosecute any Arizona medical marijuana patients or residents working under Arizona’s Medical Marijuana Act, inning accordance with MITA.”Recently Attorney General Jeff Sessions inexplicably attacked the growing marijuana market nationwide, so I’m taking actions to safeguard 157,000 clients in Arizona who desperately need this medication to deal with incapacitating illnesses like PTSD and cancer,” Cardenas stated. “This relocation by Sessions makes no sense from a law enforcement, medical, human or financial point of view, so Arizona leaders should not simply sit still and let it take place.”
In part, HB 2144 reads that Arizona state staff members shall not: … purposefully help a federal police or officer in the investigation, detention or prosecution of a person for an infraction of a federal law that forbids the person from using, dispersing, possessing, consuming, producing or cultivating medical cannabis in this state if the person is licensed to utilize, disperse, possess, take in, produce or cultivate medical marijuana … HB 2144 likewise says that Arizona can not:
… utilize any assets, state monies or cash allocated by this state to political neighborhoods of this state, in entire or in part, to engage in any activity that assists a federal police or officer or a corporation providing services to the federal police or officer in the investigation, detention or prosecution of a person for an infraction of a federal law that restricts the person from utilizing, dispersing, possessing, taking in, manufacturing or cultivating medical marijuana in this state if the person is licensed to use, distribute, possess, consume, manufacture or cultivate medical cannabis …
Read HB 2144 here.