Unexpected champion of medical marijuana emerging in new fight to keep the drug legal

by Christine LaCroix
PHOENIX — Melvin McDonald is a Mormon, a father, a former judge and US Attorney, and surprisingly, an outspoken supporter of medical marijuana.

“I was a leader in the drug wars in the 1980’s,” McDonald said. “I’d been appointed by President Reagan as the US Attorney. Our number one priority in Arizona was drugs and we battled drugs all the years I was US Attorney.”
McDonald has since had a bit of a change of heart, at least when it comes to medical marijuana.
“Marijuana works with certain kinds of illnesses. I’ve seen it,” he said.
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