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Updated Dec 14, 2012 - 5:04 pm

Arizona court asked to put marijuana ruling on hold

PHOENIX -- Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery is asking an Arizona appeals court to temporarily put on hold a trial judge's ruling that the county must provide zoning clearance for a planned medical marijuana dispensary in Sun City.

A three-judge Court of Appeals panel scheduled a hearing next Thursday on Montgomery's request Friday for a stay of Superior Court Judge Michael Gordon's ruling.

Montgomery is appealing Gordon's ruling that federal drug laws don't stand in the way of implementation of Arizona's voter-approved medical marijuana law.

Montgomery says county employees stand at risk of possible federal prosecution if they facilitate marijuana growing, distribution or marketing of marijuana.

Gordon already refused to put his own ruling on hold pending the appeal.

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