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Attorney Says Lawmakers Violated ASU Student's Rights In Marijuana Conviction

State lawmakers had no legal right to ignore the voter-approved medical marijuana law during the conviction of a college student found with the drug on Arizona State University's campus.

That's what attorney Thomas Dean wants the Supreme Court to decide in the case against his client, ASU student Andre Maestas.

Dean said he wants the court to overturn the young man's 2014 conviction under the premise that Maestas was legally following the law and was in full compliance when he voluntarily told police he had .04 grams of the drug in his dorm room.

Maestas did not know at the time that state lawmakers had amended the voter-approved 2010 medical marijuana law to extend a public school ban on its use to college campuses.

But, Dean argued that's where lawmakers violated Maestas' constitutional rights under the Voter Protection Act, because it specifically prohibites lawmakers from repealing or sharply altering anything approved by ballot.

Attorney General Mark Brnovich also called it a felony that places university federal funding in jeopardy.

Dean pointed out that the same federal Controlled Substances Act specifically allows all three universities to impose internal disciplinary action with students or employees, which would make the A.G. and lawmakers' charges redundant.

Holliday Moore is a native Arizonan and veteran journalist who joined KJZZ’s news team in January 2017.Moore graduated from Arizona State University after double majoring in mass communications and marketing/management. She spent her first two decades reporting for television news, beginning in small markets and working up to congressional correspondent in Washington, D.C., for a political news service.Family commitments in Arizona brought her back to the Southwest, where she covered legislative and court beats for Albuquerque’s KRQE-TV and the infamous Four Corner Manhunt as KREZ-TV’s managing editor.Back home in Phoenix, she developed ABC15’s “Democracy Project,” now instituted at all Scripps’ news stations nationwide. Her work garnered “Best Practices” recognition by the Poynter Institute and the prestigious Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism.Her television reports, from sports to cultural issues, earned her multiple Emmy and Associated Press nominations, including a Rocky Mountain Emmy for her Hopi Partition Land Act coverage.As she started a family, Moore started her own media production agency, producing magazine-style travel stories for the Emmy-winning Arizona Highways Television show while working part time for a Valley radio station. She is convinced radio is where visual, sound, and print are merging through deeper storytelling. In her relatively short time with radio network affiliates, she has won four Edward R. Murrow Awards and multiple nominations from other professional news societies.Moore now teaches advanced broadcast writing to the next generation of reporters at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where a high percentage have gone on to receive national awards for their work in her class. She enjoys being back home near childhood friends and sharing the beautiful Arizona desert with her husband and young son.