Arizona AG Withdraws Opinion Sought By Foes Of Marijuana Measure

Published: Friday, May 15, 2015 - 9:40am

PHOENIX  — The state Attorney General's Office is having second thoughts about its advisory opinion that said Arizona officials could use public resources to educate the public about ballot measures.

Attorney General Mark Brnovich's office has withdrawn the recently issued opinion that was requested by Maricopa County and Yavapai County prosecutors who oppose a marijuana legalization proposal.

The opinion said officials could use public resources to educate the public about ballot measures but can't urge that people vote in a particular matter.

The Arizona Capitol Times reported that critics said officials may view the opinion as opening the door for them to influence voters and seek to change the outcome of elections.

Attorney General's Office spokesman Ryan Anderson said the office is now reviewing the opinion.

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