Arizona prosecutor has harsh words for Phoenix cannabis convention

Oct 28, 2015, 1:27 PM | Updated: Oct 29, 2015, 9:41 am
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PHOENIX — The top prosecutor of Arizona’s most populated county said those attending a cannabis convention in downtown Phoenix were violating federal law.

“Why is it any different for marijuana in this regard than if we had cartel members in town for their annual cartel convention?” Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said Wednesday, the final day of the Southwest Cannabis Conference and Expo at the Phoenix Convention Center.

He said there was no difference between this event and cartels getting together to discuss how to smuggle and refine cocaine and heroin.

“This federal administration’s inability or unwillingness to enforce laws is creating these ridiculous scenarios,” Montgomery said.

Demitri Downing, who organized the expo, said the event was focusing on medical marijuana, which is legal in Arizona.

He said the expo was designed to showcase medical marijuana dispensaries that are complying with the regulations set by the state.

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