The cannabis-hating Maricopa County Legal professional Invoice Montgomery is making an attempt to get a seat on the Arizona Supreme Courtroom for a second time this yr. His first try was swiftly rejected as a consequence of robust public opposition. Nevertheless, there are 4 new members of the excessive courtroom, so Montgomery believes he might be accepted this time.
Montgomery’s try earlier this yr to interchange Justice John Pelander floundered shortly, AZ Central reviews, as a result of previous to Montgomery’s preliminary scheduled interview in March, commissioners have been flooded with complaints and questions concerning Montgomery’s robust opposition of the LGBTQ neighborhood and medical marijuana.
“…Montgomery’s background reveals that he lacks traits essential to serve on this capability: He can’t pretty take into account misconduct allegations, is pushed by ideology and lacks appellate expertise essential to the very best courtroom in our state,” said Mikel Steinfeld of Arizona Attorneys for Felony Justice.”
The Arizona Supreme Courtroom’s goal is to impartially uphold Arizona’s legal guidelines, not impede them. Nevertheless, as a consequence of his bias, Montgomery has tried to intrude with the voter-approved Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (AMMA), the Arizona Capital Occasions reported in February.
As an example, his anti-marijuana stance led him to needlessly argue that federal regulation trumps the AMMA, which a choose rejected. He’s additionally tried interfering with the AMMA by way of zoning legal guidelines for medical marijuana dispensaries by saying that the permits issued have been “aiding and abetting within the violation of federal regulation.” He failed, once more.
Arizonans are urged to contact Governor Doug Ducey to voice their opinion of Montgomery and/or the opposite Supreme Courtroom candidates.
Governor Doug Ducey
E mail: www.azgovernor.gov
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