Arizona Court Overturns Law Making it Illegal to Use Medical Cannabis on College Campuses

An Arizona court has overturned a law making it illegal to use medical cannabis on college campuses.

According to the Associated Press, an appellate court ruled Thursday that lawmakers can’t make it illegal to use medical cannabis on Arizona college campuses. The court did rule, however, that colleges have the right to prohibit it themselves; this means that a student who’s a medical cannabis patient could be punished by the school (such as by suspension or expulsion) for using their medicine on campus, but can’t be charged with a crime for it.

The medical marijuana law approved by Arizona voters in 2010 allowed cardholders to possess small amounts of marijuana but it prohibited possession in prisons, schools and on school buses. The ruling Thursday struck down a 2012 decision by the Legislature to expand the off-limits list by adding college and university campuses.

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Initiative to Legalize Marijuana Filed in Arizona, Advocates Aim for 2018 Ballot

An initiative to legalize the possession, cultivation and license distribution of marijuana has been filed in Arizona.

The proposal was filed with Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan by the nonprofit political action committee Safer Arizona. The measure would legalize the possession of cannabis for those 21 and older, while allowing them to cultivate up to 48 plants at home. The initiative would also establish a system of licensed and regulated cannabis retail outlets and cultivation centers.

Advocates of the measure, titled the Safer Arizona Cannabis Legalization Act, must now collect 150,000 signatures by July to place the measure on the November, 2018 general election ballot.

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