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Arizona Lawmakers Seek Limits on Medical Marijuana Access

Two Arizona state lawmakers are pushing to make it more difficult for some people to get medical marijuana.

And both measures may be illegal.

Rep. Kelly Townsend, R-Mesa, wants to make it a crime for a woman who is pregnant to possess the drug. That would overrule any finding by her doctor that the use of marijuana is appropriate.

A more far-reaching proposal by Rep. Jay Lawrence, R-Scottsdale, would strip the right to recommend the use of marijuana from naturopaths and homeopaths. That would leave only allopathic and osteopathic physicians.

What makes both proposals legally questionable is that the medical marijuana law was enacted by voters not the Legislature.

The Arizona Constitution spells out that voter-approved measures can be altered only with a super-majority vote. It’s possible that Townsend and Lawrence could get that margin. [Read more at the Arizona Daily Star]

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