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Re: “Bad Apple?

The irony in this whole issue is that it has been created by the left and their destruction of public education. There wouldn't be charter schools if publics hadn't moved so far left. There would have been funding if there hadn't been such a terrible waste of tax dollars for more then 40 years.

Accept the fact that you own this. Fixing it is going to take concessions. Which ones will you make?

As long as we are talking, the left also owns responsibility for creating Trump. He would not have been this popular if you hadn't overwhelmed the country with your liberal, open borders, welfare sucking, do nothing segment of the population.

Every time you guys try to make something worse, you succeed. Try to tone it down and rejoin the mainstream of society. You have made them angry.

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Posted by Mighty Matilda on 04/28/2016 at 9:16 AM

Re: “Bad Apple?

All of us would like to think that Proposition 123 is the best deal possible for Arizona’s school children present and future, and for their teachers. However, as Representative Bruce Wheeler has come to realize, the proposed settlement of the lawsuit for the refusal of legislature and governor to fully fund our schools in accord with the requirements of the state’s Constitution is a sham. It is a doozy of a deal that would condemn public education in our state to perpetual penuriousness. With governor Ducey and the legislative majority determined to cut taxes every year, how long will it be until the present 42% of the budget devoted to education becomes 50%, a no-no under Proposition 123? Thank you, Representative Wheeler, for continuing to study the issues after deciding to support Prop 123, and for sharing your change of mind with the people you truly represent. Any others having second thoughts? Speak up now before it’s too late.

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Posted by franklymydears on 04/28/2016 at 8:39 AM

Re: “Bad Apple?

Face it people — Arizona has become another plaything for those pulling strings behind the scenes to turn America into a cash cow for the well-connected one percent. Eliminating anything that could slow down the rush to a fully-realized plutocracy is the focus, and that focus includes creating an uneducated electorate that can be manipulated to ensure the façade of democracy remains so as to not scare off the rest of the world from doing business with America. The sooner they can take away your education and your vote the sooner the United States can become another state-run sweatshop for the global economy.

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Posted by sgsmith on 04/28/2016 at 7:59 AM

Re: “For Pima's Sake

I think this was a well written and informative article! Thank you for taking the time to update us on what has been going on in the last few years.

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Posted by Alex Munden Greenwood on 04/26/2016 at 4:19 PM

Re: “For Pima's Sake

Concerned PCC Employee: I'd love to talk to employees who are still wary of what's going on at the college. If any employees would like to talk about specific concerns, please send me an email. (chelo@tucsonlocalmedia.com).

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Posted by Chelo Grubb on 04/26/2016 at 9:25 AM

Re: “For Pima's Sake

I'd like to say that PCC is moving in the right direction, but there are still A LOT of bad decisions and sketchy practices happening throughout the Administration and HR. Either Chancellor Lambert is believing everything that is getting precariously filtered through to him by those Administrators below him, or he's part of it. It's hard to know for sure. I am not confident that PCC can or will get through this.

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Posted by Concerned PCC Employee on 04/25/2016 at 1:15 PM

Re: “For Pima's Sake

Pima Community College has professors that are too damn lazy to teach. When you have a Calculus teacher who refuses to teach the class in hopes that all his students are engineering majors and that none of them are, bleh, Biology majors, you have a problem. Every teacher you hire should expect to teach the subject they are being paid to teach. This is not high school. Each student is a paying customer and the teacher works for them. They don't seem to realize that at PCC. Without the paying students, you're all out of a job. Both of my daughters took some classes at PCC before going to UA or they took some at PCC while attending UA. Too many issues with PCC teachers to even be worth it for my fourth child. He'll get all of his work done at UA so he doesn't have to deal with the mess that is PCC. Close it down and give the property owners their property taxes back.

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Posted by Close it down on 04/24/2016 at 11:29 PM

Re: “Meet Vernon Walker, GOP City Council candidate

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Posted by Elie Fabs on 04/23/2016 at 4:52 AM

Re: “Tucson Crews

SHOW▪NO▪RESPECT!!!
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Posted by Tucson's Most Wanted on 04/22/2016 at 12:39 AM

Re: “For Pima's Sake

This article contains precious little on meeting the the stated goals of prospective students and students.
It misses the fact that the College, despite having reinstated open admissions in both policy and its mission, continues a registration process mandating questionable placement tests that result in nearly
20% of those who come to register walking away and not enrolling.
And this article fails to show any concern on the part of anybody named in this article regarding the fact that a once very ethnically and racially diverse faculty full time faculty is now more than 80% white with only six of them being African Americans. If the faculty could "look like" the residents of Pima County in 1970, there is no excuse for not having a faculty that looks like Pima County now.
Yes, meeting the needs of the business community is a part of what a community does. But this should be done within the context of meeting STUDENTS goals and developing their talents. And what happened to the goal of developing students to be effective citizens in a democratic society?

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Posted by Dave Gallagher on 04/21/2016 at 7:57 AM

Re: “For Pima's Sake

One of the biggest challenges Pima Community College faces is trying to help the victims of 12 years of Arizona education — from elementary through High School levels, including public, private and charter schools. After 12 years of poor performance and getting passed along anyway, it is hard to fix what took years to create in a couple of semesters. On the “upside”, this is exactly the kind of electorate that the current state government wants — uneducated, struggling financially and easily swayed by not-to-sophisticated political shenanigans to take even more from the poor and give to the rich. Is it any wonder that they keep cutting education funding? If there are any doubts REALLY read Proposition 123 — if you can.

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Posted by sgsmith on 04/21/2016 at 7:17 AM

Re: “A New Billy the Kid?

Custer is no American hero more like a murderer of women and children for political gain

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Posted by t on 04/18/2016 at 10:44 AM

Re: “The People’s Weed

Jason Medar, thanks for your efforts.
While I disagree with a formation of a department with no constraints on who or how the formation of this board will happen beginning with a governor appointment of a tenured bureaucrat. This is called out in the initiative . The rest of the board made up with regards to political affiliation and industry representatives. To me is lame and not quantitative to the user but cultural boundaries.

I agree the prohibition is the vehicle that moves the criminal machine. With legalization the economic upheaval it will have on the criminal money conduit will be devastating. Just think of what that will do to so many that profit off it now on both sides of the law. What prosecutorial tools will be used if more felonies became void? Just think of the amount of personal injury cases being filed if the criminal plea bargain dries up.

I honestly believe the DEA will change the denotation of the scheduling of Cannabis from a schedule 1 under the "controlled substance act" is and can not longer apply. What happens when the Feds say there are medical treatments we are allowing and chronic pain is not one of them? Just what position does this put the newly appointed board? If the Feds put forth a new scheduling rating including medical. But limiting the parameter on what is considered a therapy will states still be allowed to sell Schedule II drugs as recreational?

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Posted by Carpet Bagger on 04/15/2016 at 4:37 PM

Re: “Day at the Track

I am so tired of soccer invading and destroying recreational facilities built for other sports. They destroyed Kino Stadium, they are trying to destroy Rillito...go away soccer. Youth soccer: a way for kids to do long term damage to their brains by using their undeveloped craniums to hit a ball. Child abuse.

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Posted by Edward Morris on 04/15/2016 at 1:00 PM

Re: “The People’s Weed

For comparisons sake:

MPP's "CRMLA" Initiative only guarantees that the EXISTING Arizona Medical Marijuana Dispensaries will be given any of the new recreational Marijuana Dispensary Licenses and/or Marijuana Cultivation Licenses!!

MPP's "CRMLA" Initiative makes it a CLASS 4 FELONY with a Mandatory Prison sentence, for anyone to sell Marijuana without a Marijuana Dispensary License!

So if "Steve Smith" wants to sell Marijuana in Arizona, but he doesn't currently own a Medical Marijuana Dispensary in AZ, he simply won't be able to get a recreational Marijuana Dispensary License under MPP's "CRMLA" Initiative.

Sadly, people like "Steve Smith" won't be able to sell Marijuana legally, so he will have to continue selling Marijuana illegally on the Black Market for $400/Ounce..

Remember, the Black Market can NEVER end so long as somebody wants to sell Marijuana, but they are unable to get a Marijuana Dispensary License.

Since MPP's "CRMLA" Initiative makes it a FELONY for someone to sell Marijuana illegally, the street value of Marijuana will remain high and as such, "Drug Dealers" will continue to have a great financial incentive to sell Marijuana on the Black Market.

Obviously, 93 Marijuana Dispensaries could not possibly service 500,000 Marijuana consumers in Arizona.

And obviously, 93 Marijuana Cultivators could not possibly grow enough Marijuana to supply 500,000 Marijuana consumers in Arizona.

Yet, MPP's "CRMLA" Initiative is putting the entire Arizona Marijuana Market into the hands of 93 people?!?!?

Under MPP's "CRMLA" Initiative, the Black Market will THRIVE as Marijuana consumers quickly realize that the Marijuana Dispensary Oligopoly isn't providing them with quality product at a fair price.

As a result, more and more Marijuana consumers will find themselves subjected to FELONY prosecutions under MPP's "CRMLA" Initiative.

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Posted by Jason Medar on 04/15/2016 at 11:37 AM

Re: “The People’s Weed

AZFMR's Initiative allowing for 1,600+ Marijuana Dispensary Licenses WILL put an end to the Black Market Marijuana activity!!!

Marijuana is only sold on the Black Market by "Drug Dealers" because of the insane amount of PROFIT they make selling it.

Why does Marijuana currently sell for $400/Ounce on the street in Arizona? 2 Reasons:

1) Marijuana is not available to purchase is a retail setting.

2) The Penalty for selling Marijuana on the street is a Class 4 Felony and in some cases, includes a MANDATORY Prison sentence. That high amount of RISK equates to a high profit margin for the "Drug Dealer."

AZFMR's Initiative allows for 1,600+ retail Marijuana Dispensaries throughout Arizona.

AZFMR's Initiative makes it a MISDEMEANOR to sell Marijuana on the street without having a Marijuana Dispensary License.

So in AZFMR's Initiative, anyone who wants to sell Marijuana will be able to purchase a Marijuana Dispensary License in order to sell Marijuana legally.

Remember, the Black Market can NEVER end so long as somebody wants to sell Marijuana, but they are unable to get a Marijuana Dispensary License.

By reducing the Penalty for illegally selling Marijuana to a MISDEMEANOR, the street value of Marijuana will drop SIGNIFICANTLY under the AZFMR Initiative and as such, "Drug Dealers" will no longer have any financial incentive to sell Marijuana.

Let us ask ourselves; Why don't these "Drug Dealers" sell 12-packs of Budweiser and packs of Marlboro cigarettes?

It's simple. Alcohol and Tobacco are available in 1,600+ retail stores and the Penalty for selling these substances without a valid License is a MISDEMEANOR.

In short, AZFMR's Initiative is the ONLY Initiative in Arizona that is seeking to ACTUALLY end the Black Market Marijuana activity.

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Posted by Jason Medar on 04/15/2016 at 11:08 AM

Re: “The People’s Weed

As an additional note to those interested in ballot subjects. In 2015, there was at least $30B in Marijuana sold and consumed in the United States. At least $5B of that was legal, mostly medical marijuana. These numbers are growing 10%+ per year. They have been without any legal/law changes. 15 million plus people use marijuana at least weekly if not daily and almost half of adults have tried it. More than half (61%) the population supports “legalization” although 75% of those qualify that with heavy regulatory or Doctor/Medical criteria. Less than 10% are really opposed to zero legal use. Those people are concentrated where legal use is so, 15 to 20% of the people in 23 State and DC are monthly/weekly/daily users of marijuana.
I ask you some simple questions based on the above facts:
1. Are cars piling up on the roadways because of stoned drivers? Don’t give me the data argument. With 20% of the population and higher concentration of younger drivers and tests about driving stoned….even what we know from the States now. PS, we do not ask or do special data fields for driving while texting or organ donation deals but the data and studies are done with population data.
2. ER rooms filling up? Don’t you think we would know this already if it was a problem? Don’t give me the potency speech either. Home grown has been at that potency for 40+ years. Brownies and hashish have been around longer than toking. Go to pre-1937 medical books.
3. Kids do more? BS. Stuff is passing in States where use is already higher in teens and with popularity at 61% and the internet, TV and etc. Laws are with incarceration and everything else, well, laws are sucking. No one directly dies. Call the FDA and CDC. Sugar is addicting at higher rates. McDonald’s kills more people and they aren’t schedule by the DEA or even regulated by the FDA much. Kid’s are going to do what they do and we should keep it under 21. Sell against it and control advertising.
4. Where’ the War on Prescription Drugs?
5. We do drug studies with 100s and 000s of folks for a few months and declare victory with death rates. I could care less about exact statistical method, I can tell you if global warming science works, vaccines and GMOS along with nuclear weapon protocols, we could probably figure out some math. Huge users around a lot of people I dozens of states with zero direct deaths and indirect deaths less than aspirin. Side effect? I think I could get sample rates out of the population sample. I think we just need to want to know or already really do.
6. People making money in prohibition are like horse carriage makers or coal miners and etc. They are just going to have to go do something else. Fast. This lingering around the issue is bs.
7. Why are we trying to make this herbal medicine a drug? It is insane to take a natural plant and medicine and try and make it conform to a prescribed drug. You can’t overdose on it. This is very bad to even warrant the potential control of government, pharma and business into. This is an herb, plant.
8. If we removed all court ordered or trouble abated rehab for marijuana, how many cases of “addiction” are there a year? Schizophrenia with heavy marijuana use prior to onset? That list could go on and we could get info with CDC involved as they can get absent HIPAA info. That cuts a lot of BS and biased study. There are 15 million plus users daily/weekly. There would be a crisis if those rates were really real. The crisis is often self-built. Make rehab mandatory to get out of dumb DUID rap or bad grow bust.
So, what is it we have to study? What is it we really have to know? Do we really need to study? Do we know what stops us from studying? Who do we think is going to study and what? This Study stuff is BS.

Too many people do not take the time to update themselves. To want the answers and thus get subjected to a bunch of old or biased theocracy or hyperspace hypocrites.

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Posted by Darrell Beitel on 04/15/2016 at 11:00 AM

Re: “The People’s Weed

It does not take a rocket scientist or more than rational person to realize what we have with prop 203 MMJ is dumb and does not work. Neither of these ballot measures is going to do away with the black market. They so not allow with enough supply to deal with existing demand. Period. The market in AZ for Marijuana is between $1 and $2B currently. At a price less than half what the dispensaries charge. That is with less tax than what is in these measures. Just look at CO with over 1000 locations and pricing less than 1/2 AZ. $1B in volume and growing. The demand and use is already there. Making it more legal does not change that.

Politically, if marijuana people argue , the rest of the folks say "if they cannot agree, why should we?". That is just as stupid for progress. No matter how righteous or right. The best plan is to get both on the ballot. Vote yes for both. Deal with the right regulations for concerns.

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Posted by Darrell Beitel on 04/15/2016 at 10:39 AM

Re: “The People’s Weed

I would like to say Maria did a fantastic job representing both sides and cudo to her thanks .

Anybody that won't go into a question and answer forum leading these initiatives cannot be trusted. Not a released statement or a pre agreed topic narrow parameters. lets get the ones into a debate how about it Jim Nintzel. Not a interview but a real question and answer possible?

I spent 2 months in Seattle well just east on a Island Mercer. Retired was asked to come up for some review of construction techniques and work up a schedule.

In being up there I can say the quality and the effort to obtain. Was much easier and just about 20 minutes other areas less than 5 minutes. It was interesting all the products that were sold for recreational were prepackaged and tested for 15 types of fertilizer/insecticide contamination associated with the Tobacco and USDA industry no guessing game there. Also the percentages of CBD THCA, THCV, THC, CBN were labeled on every package. What was also interesting it was Brand name. All dispensaries carried just about all the same Growers line maybe 30 different brands. Brands carry a huge amount of strain lines and the steady supply of a strain is limited if looking for high thc. I purchased a Dutch Treat with a 34.4% thc brought home to show other patients. And it is that kind of supply limited to certain dispensaries. I dont follow concentrates couldn't comment.

The price compared between Tucson and Seattle with a 45% tax with excise included. I would say Seattle recreational market is about 15% lower than the Medical in Tucson. On the medical side the Dispensaries are about 1/3 the price of Tucson Medical not prepackaged some mix like an apothecary. Not all product come from within the state, they have allowed outside product as well as investors. Overall I would say the product supply cost exceeded Arizona in every way.

It became abundantly clear that the Arizona Dispensary Association is not aligned to follow any of these progressive models but to build one of their own. A department of crony capitalism to limit supply limited investors, limit testing, artificially hold prices.

If you vote for this MPP your have to be one of the biggest fools that ever bought a blunt. Either MPP or AZMFR both call for a Department of license and controls. We dont this department to protect market with criminal and civil confiscations possible. How is it these buffoons that wrote this piece of garbage. Called Regulated like Alcohol going to staff this agency simple, get the bureaucrats retired police and the such. This is a set up like no other seen in Arizona. Build a police judicial license revenue disbursement of funds on and on and on. to sell pot and limit the supply.

It has been said the DEA will change the classification of cannabis in the next 3 months. It seems that Cannabis does not meet the Controlled Substances Act. Several pending legal suits have forced this action it will not be a national political issue defused.

What does that mean for the industry ,that in Arizona ride under the umbrella of Medical. They know that is going away They spent their monies on putting more tentacles into prohibition. The Dependent person forced to go into the black market maintained by this Crony dept. A Colorado dept of Revenue study over 3 years found that of the population 35% used marijuana. Of those small percentages about a third consumed about 80% of the product or 9% of the total population. This would be a idea of a collective view of what the prospective market in AZ would look like. Of that 9% of dependent users is where the black market would find a existence.

The fight is not over users it is just a new chapter a new profiteer a new zealot. Just think in 2 years the ADA has been able to put 4 million into this Sham of a proposal, build a business buy install facilities. The initial capitol investment has been paid for so the infrastructure complex has already been built for by the Arizona patient. Why is the Arizona patient continuing to pay for this initial up start ?

I vote keep the status quo going you 9% of the dependent have to be the voice of reason and concern. I believe in the AZFMR initiative over the MPP sham. It takes in considerations of the user the ones that no longer want to be hidden for past activities it doesn't want to profit off them. If close I will vote for them watching.

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Posted by Carpet Baggers on 04/15/2016 at 9:32 AM

Re: “Smugglers' Paradise

Nice analysis ! I was enlightened by the info , Does someone know where I can access a fillable a form copy to work with ?

Posted by Ellilou Fabs on 04/15/2016 at 7:11 AM

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