- Associated Press - Friday, May 20, 2011

PHOENIX (AP) — Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery is advising the Board of Supervisors not to grant permits for medical marijuana dispensaries on country-controlled land because of opposition from the federal government.

The Arizona Republic reports county officials indicated they would go along with Montgomery if he drafts a formal legal opinion, which Montgomery said he plans to do in about a week.

Voters last November approved the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, which allows qualifying patients with certain debilitating medical conditions to use marijuana.

But marijuana is not a federally approved drug and U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke has warned that Arizonans will be violating federal law if they participate.

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Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com