AZ's Top Cop Tries to Shutter 'Cannabis Clubs'

By AMANDA LEE MYERS | August 8, 2011 | 3:45 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's attorney general is trying to shut down four clubs that he says have been illegally providing medical marijuana to patients with cancer and other diseases.

Tom Horne's action filed Monday in Maricopa County Superior Court seeks to stop so-called cannabis clubs from giving marijuana to patients for a "membership fee."

Horne says it's illegal under Arizona's medical marijuana law to exchange marijuana for money, even if they're approved patients. Patients are allowed to grow their own pot.

Arizona's recently passed medical marijuana law is in disarray after Horne sued the federal government in May to find out whether state regulators could face prosecution.

That action essentially put the medical marijuana law on hold, although the state still is handing out medical marijuana cards to patients with qualifying diseases.