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Jan 24, 2012 8:04 PM by Matt Stafford

AZ pushing forward with medical marijuana

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona's top health official says the state is not appealing a court ruling on medical marijuana and that licensed dispensaries could be established as soon as this summer.

Health Services Director Will Humble says the state is going to revise its dispensary rules to delete provisions struck down by a judge in a ruling last week.

The ruling that Humble says won't be appealed also said the state has to proceed with allowing establishment of dispensaries.

Those are businesses that would sell medical marijuana to people who hold cards issued by the state under its voter-approved law.

Gov. Jan Brewer had balked at allowing dispensaries. She said she feared state employees could face federal criminal prosecution because marijuana remains illegal under federal law.

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