Judge won't put medical marijuana ruling on hold

Judge won't put medical marijuana ruling on hold

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PHOENIX (AP) - A judge is refusing to temporarily block his ruling that federal drug laws don't stand in the way of implementing Arizona's medical marijuana law.

A Maricopa County Superior Court spokesman says Judge Michael Gordon on Thursday denied County Attorney Bill Montgomery's request to suspend the ruling pending the outcome of an appeal to a higher court.

Montgomery says he'll ask the Court of Appeals for a stay.

Meanwhile, Arizona's top medical marijuana regulator says the state will allow newly licensed dispensaries to delay opening so they can acquire marijuana supplies.

It's a response to a situation that a lawyer for operators says amounts to a "Catch 22" in which operators aren't allowed to grow marijuana before being licensed but are supposed to have inventory on hand when they open.

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