On May 24, 2011, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer announced that the state would file a federal lawsuit seeking a declaratory judgment over the legality of the state's controversial medical marijuana law. This question arose out of a letter sent to the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) from the US Attorney's Office stating that marijuana remains illegal under federal law regardless of state law. The ADHS stated that the department would continue to distribute qualified patient and designated caregiver cards through its website. Arizona was the fifteenth US state to legalize medical marijuana.
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