Peoria approves 2 medical pot dispensaries

PEORIA, AZ - Medical marijuana may be on hold, but that isn't stopping cities from approving applications.

Peoria's Planning and Zoning Commission recently approved permit requests for two medical-marijuana dispensaries.

The Arizona Republic reports one applicant hopes to open at the southeast corner of Loop 101 and Peoria Avenue, while another wants to open at the northwest corner of Lake Pleasant and Beardsley roads.

Medical marijuana clinics are in limbo as the state seeks clarity on whether a voter-approved ballot measure conflicts with federal drug laws.

State voters said in November that they're OK with medical pot use for cancer patients and those with other debilitating illnesses.

Things were moving along until a letter from the U.S. Attorney for Arizona warned the state Health Director of prosecution of prospective pot growers and sellers under federal drug-trafficking laws.