When Arizona votes passed a "medical" marijuana law, Governor Brewer's administration made a good faith effort to implement the law. At that point, Dennis Burke--the now former US Attorney--wrote a letter pointing out that marijuana is still illegal under federal law and that federal law trumps state law. That means he could prosecute individuals who violated the federal law--even if they were in compliance with state law.
Naturally this put an end to state efforts to implement the new state law. Then the left went crazy. Montini claimed that Burke wasn't really threatening to enforce state law...Montini simply couldn't believe that the federal government would actually enforce the federal law and Montini went so far as to manipulate a Dennis Burke quote in an effort to argue that Horne and Brewer were being hypocritical.
Now, despite the fact that Burke is gone, and much to E. J. Montini's shock, the feds are enforcing the law.
A medical-marijuana clinic owner and his girlfriend were arrested after the Drug Enforcement Administration raided the Tempe facility Thursday morning.
Charges were pending. The two will most likely face charges of illegal distribution of marijuana, said Sanchez.
I'm looking forward to tomorrow's Montini column in which he points out that Tom Horne and Jan Brewer were right to advise caution and that his (Montini's) speculation that the feds would not enforce their own laws was both wrong and disastrous. Since Montini likes to give legal advice, maybe that couple who are now in jail could use their phone call to ask him for some help.