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Arizona AG Wants To Prohibit Medical Marijuana Use On College Campuses

The state's top prosecutor wants police to be able to arrest people for having marijuana on college campuses, even if they have a state-issued medical marijuana card.

State Attorney General Mark Brnovich contends the Arizona Court of Appeals erred earlier this year when the judge voided a 2012 law, which made possession of the drug on campuses a crime.

The court said that is directly contrary to the 2010 initiative, which legalized marijuana for medical use. While that law barred marijuana possession on public school grounds, it made no mention of college campuses.

The judges also said the Voter Protection Act bars lawmakers from altering the voter-approved law.

In arguments to the state Supreme Court, Brnovich said the constitution does allow lawmakers to amend initiatives if the change “furthers the purpose'' of what voters originally approved.

Brnovich wants the court to take a narrower approach to what the legislature can and cannot do to voter-approved laws.