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Letters: Brewer just looking out for state

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Posted: Sunday, June 5, 2011 3:30 am

Can anyone blame our poor Gov. Jan Brewer and her "confused" Arizona attorney general for going to federal court for "clarification" on the Arizona medical marijuana law? The U.S. attorney general for the state of Arizona is threatening to pounce upon the Arizona medical marijuana licensing agents with the full weight of the U.S. government - possibly even fines or incarceration. What's a poor girl to do?

Out of one side of his mouth, the U.S. attorney general for Arizona says he will "look the other way for medical marijuana users" and then out of the other side of his mouth says, "At the same time, they can't be under the impression that they have immunity, amnesty and or a safe haven."

The Obama administration is suing the state of Arizona regarding SB 1070 usurping federal law and citing the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution. Then, on the other hand, the U.S. attorney general for Arizona is telling Gov. Brewer that the Arizona medical marijuana law trumps the Federal Controlled Substances Act.

Wait a dog-gone minute here. The Obama administration can't cherry-pick which federal laws fall under the Supremacy Act and which won't be enforced. Either there is a Supremacy Act that is always enforced over state laws, or there isn't.

The Citizens of Arizona are thankful that we have a chief executive, Gov. Brewer, who is protective of the legal and financial well-being of her employees. She doesn't want to place them in harm's way.

Leon Ceniceros, Mesa

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