Arizona is not appealing a court ruling on medical marijuana and there could be licensed dispensaries established around the state as soon as this summer, Health Services Director Will Humble announced Tuesday.
The state is going to revise its dispensary rules to delete provisions struck down by a court ruling that said the state had to proceed with allowing establishment of dispensaries, Humble said in an interview.
Dispensaries are businesses that would sell medical marijuana to people who hold cards issued by the state under its voter-approved law.
Humble said the decision to not appeal the ruling removes the last legal obstacle to full implementation of the state's medical marijuana law, though he acknowledged there's still a cloud over the state law because marijuana remains illegal under federal drug laws.
Gov. Jan Brewer last year balked at allowing dispensaries, saying she feared state employees could face federal criminal prosecution