Arizona

Jul 31, 2013 5:29 PM by Associated Press

GOP lawmakers urge crackdown on illegal pot clubs

PHOENIX (AP) - A dozen Republican lawmakers are urging law enforcement officials to crack down on illegal marijuana clubs that operate outside of the state's medical marijuana law.

The letter sent to Attorney General Tom Horne, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery and Sheriff Joe Arpaio asks them to "vigorously enforce" the state medical marijuana law to close the shops operating outside the law.

The letter obtained by the Arizona Capitol Times says licensed dispensaries are operating within Arizona law and "are doing their best to fully comply with both the spirit and letter of our laws" but the clubs do not.

Some of the more conservative members of the Legislature signed the letter. They include many who sponsored failed legislation to tighten the medical marijuana law approved by voters in 2010.

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