Ruling overturns law banning medical marijuana on Arizona college campuses

An appellate court ruled Thursday that Arizona colleges and universities can prohibit medical marijuana on campuses but lawmakers can't make it a crime.

The medical-marijuana law approved by Arizona voters in 2010 allowed cardholders to possess small amounts of marijuana but it prohibited possession in prisons, schools and on school buses.

The ruling Thursday struck down a 2012 decision by the Legislature to expand the off-limits list by adding college and university campuses.

However, the Court of Appeals ruling said colleges and universities can still forbid possession of medical pot under their own rules.

It said the 2012 move by the state to forbid pot on campuses violated the Arizona Constitution's protections for voter-approved laws.

Expanding the list of places where medical marijuana is prohibited doesn't "further the purpose" of the voter-approved medical-marijuana law and even "eliminates some of its protections," Judge Peter Swann wrote in the ruling.

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