A judge has overturned Maricopa County's zoning ordinance for medical marijuana dispensaries, ruling that the 2011 local law was a "transparent attempt" to keep the businesses out of county areas outside incorporated cities and towns.
Superior Court Judge Michael Gordon's ruling grants a pretrial verdict in favor of the operators of a dispensary planned for the Sun City area.
Gordon said the county wrote the zoning ordinance so that it wouldn't allow dispensaries to be established because marijuana remains illegal under federal law.
Gordon ruled in favor of White Mountain Health Center but told both sides in the case that he'll listen to further arguments on the practical effects of his ruling Monday.
County Attorney Bill Montgomery says the ruling will be appealed.
Montgomery also says Gordon assumed too much in saying the ordinance was intended to prevent implementation of the medical marijuana law.
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