Arizona Attorney General Says Medical Marijuana Proceeds Can Pay For Addiction Services

PHOENIX (AP) — Republican Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich says the legal door is open for the Legislature to use money from state’s medical cannabis program to pay for services to help people addicted to drugs.

Arizona voters approved a 2010 law, Proposition 203, creating the medical marijuana program and Brnovich said providing funding for drug addiction services from medical marijuana program money is legal if the legislative action satisfies conditions required under the Arizona Constitution’s provision protecting voter-approved laws.

An opinion released Monday, Aug. 6, 2018, by Brnovich says the legislative action requires approval by a three-fourths vote of each legislative chamber, leave enough money in the cannabis program to cover its costs, and “further the purposes” of the marijuana law.

Brnovich issued the opinion to answer questions by Republican state Sen. Sylvia Allen.

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