For more than a decade, Joseph Casias of Battle Creek, Mich. has endured the painful symptoms of an inoperable brain tumor and cancer. Medical marijuana was his only hope.

White Mountain Health Center v. Maricopa County

Location: Arizona
Last Update: December 21, 2016

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Update: In December 2016, the Arizona Court of Appeals affirmed the lower court’s 2012 ruling that federal marijuana prohibition does not void Arizona’s Medical Marijuana Act and that the County and State should therefore allow the White Mountain dispensary to continue operating and providing medicine to qualifying patients in Arizona with debilitating medical conditions.

In September 2012, the ACLU and ACLU of Arizona joined a lawsuit seeking to compel Maricopa County to allow a medical marijuana dispensary to operate as required under the voter-approved Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (MMA). In December 2012, a Maricopa County judge ruled that the MMA is not void under federal law, and ordered the county to take steps towards approving the operation of the White Mountain Health Center, Inc. dispensary.

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