2 December

AZ Central report that Bill Montgomery wants more centralization and order around medical cannabis programs and it looks as though in his book recreational cannabis would return to the black market approach.

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He expects a Trump administration to “end the charade” of marijuana-legalization laws. 

While he is not involved in any conversations or participating in any transition activities, Montgomery said he has certain expectations of the upcoming Trump administration on marijuana laws.

“It’s the job of the executive branch that laws are being executed,” he said “Today we have a number of states, through their own process of declaring something medical, that created a patchwork system of regulations and programs around the country that are in direct conflict with federal law.”

Montgomery said he hopes that Trump’s administration will work with the U.S. Department of Justice and Congress to bring state programs into alignment and put medical marijuana under the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval process.

Marijuana should be cut off for those “abusing the medicinal-marijuana system” for recreational use and in states that have approved recreational usage, he said.

“If this administration does not underscore that we are a nation of laws and not men, then we forgo the legitimacy of our system of federalism,” Montgomery said. “Either this administration means what it says about law and order, or it’s a farce. And in which case, Arizona should be able to pass its own immigration laws, should be able to pass its own laws and regulation on abortion, and the federal government should stay out of our business.”

“We ought to end the charade, and the next administration has the opportunity to do so,” he said.