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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: Medical MJ

Re: “Trouble in Pot Paradise

MMP = No Vote

MMP has several terrible issues in their initiative.

Safer AZ is for the people not big business. They need 50k more signatures. Support them!!!!!!!!

Posted by stef on 03/12/2016 at 1:16 AM

Re: “Meaningful Marijuana

Hello; Mary Jane Doe, This is the new MMJ Column and contest for product. I entered the survey found it very product oriented. Didnt see much to refrence to the story above mostly alliance to a vendor. It is intresting the social attitudes lots have changed since Nixon and 1972 . The difrence between dependent and addicted is paying tribute.

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Posted by Robert Ruckman on 03/11/2016 at 8:56 AM

Re: “Meaningful Marijuana

Welcome to the choir, Mary Jane.

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Posted by Don Berry on 03/10/2016 at 3:46 AM

Re: “Medication Home

Como espero que llegue ese dia pa aserte que te trages tus palabras lo bueno ke estas bien informado de los 10 k pendejo no te enrredes porque me voy asentar arriba de ti como la vez

Posted by Tu puta madre on 02/23/2016 at 5:04 PM

Re: “Medication Home

Jaja no saven ni ke onda es mejor asi que les caiga. De solpresa aaaah y cuidado con el perro porque muerde

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Posted by LA CHINA on 02/23/2016 at 5:00 PM

Re: “The Struggle Continues

This is purely the result of ignorance combined with a 'For Profit' penal system and benefitting Big Pharma. The isn't any legitimate justification for marijuana being illegal; it serves no purpose other than to support Big Pharma and the penal system. Which is why 'The Land of the Free' has the largest percentage of it's populace locked up at any given time. So much for their claims of wanting a smaller, less-intrusive government.

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Posted by cm50 on 02/23/2016 at 4:06 PM

Re: “Social Media Hates on Weed

Nobody can deny the Medical effectiveness of Medical Marijuana.

Below is a small sampling of the Professional Medical Organizations Worldwide that attest to Medical Marijuana's effectiveness and Support Legal Access to and Use of Medical Marijuana.

Along with over twenty U.S states that have already legalized medical marijuana.

Are they ALL wrong?


International and National Organizations

AIDS Action Council
AIDS Treatment News
American Academy of Family Physicians
American Medical Student Association
American Nurses Association
American Preventive Medical Association
American Public Health Association
American Society of Addiction Medicine
Arthritis Research Campaign (United Kingdom)
Australian Medical Association (New South Wales) Limited
Australian National Task Force on Cannabis
Belgian Ministry of Health
British House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology
British House of Lords Select Committee On Science and Technology (Second Report)
British Medical Association
Canadian AIDS Society
Canadian Special Senate Committee on Illegal Drugs
Dr. Dean Edell (surgeon and nationally syndicated radio host)
French Ministry of Health
Health Canada
Kaiser Permanente
Lymphoma Foundation of America
The Montel Williams MS Foundation
Multiple Sclerosis Society (Canada)
The Multiple Sclerosis Society (United Kingdom)
National Academy of Sciences Institute Of Medicine (IOM)
National Association for Public Health Policy
National Nurses Society on Addictions
Netherlands Ministry of Health
New England Journal of Medicine
New South Wales (Australia) Parliamentary Working Party on the Use of Cannabis for Medical Purposes
Dr. Andrew Weil (nationally recognized professor of internal medicine and founder of the National Integrative Medicine Council)

State and Local Organizations

Alaska Nurses Association
Being Alive: People With HIV/AIDS Action Committee (San Diego, CA)
California Academy of Family Physicians
California Nurses Association
California Pharmacists Association
Colorado Nurses Association
Connecticut Nurses Association
Florida Governor's Red Ribbon Panel on AIDS
Florida Medical Association
Hawaii Nurses Association
Illinois Nurses Association
Life Extension Foundation
Medical Society of the State of New York
Mississippi Nurses Association
New Jersey State Nurses Association
New Mexico Medical Society
New Mexico Nurses Association
New York County Medical Society
New York State Nurses Association
North Carolina Nurses Association
Rhode Island Medical Society
Rhode Island State Nurses Association
San Francisco Mayor's Summit on AIDS and HIV
San Francisco Medical Society
Vermont Medical Marijuana Study Committee
Virginia Nurses Association
Whitman-Walker Clinic (Washington, DC)
Wisconsin Nurses Association

Additional AIDS Organizations

The following organizations are signatories to a February 17, 1999 letter to the US Department of Health petitioning the federal government to "make marijuana legally available … to people living with AIDS."

AIDS Action Council
AIDS Foundation of Chicago
AIDS National Interfaith Network (Washington, DC)
AIDS Project Arizona
AIDS Project Los Angeles
Being Alive: People with HIV/AIDS Action Committee (San Diego, CA)
Boulder County AIDS Project (Boulder, CO)
Colorado AIDS Project
Center for AIDS Services (Oakland, CA)
Health Force: Women and Men Against AIDS (New York, NY)
Latino Commission on AIDS
Mobilization Against AIDS (San Francisco, CA)
Mothers Voices to End AIDS (New York, NY)
National Latina/o Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual And Transgender Association
National Native American AIDS Prevention Center
Northwest AIDS Foundation
People of Color Against AIDS Network (Seattle, WA)
San Francisco AIDS Foundation
Whitman-Walker Clinic (Washington, DC)

Other Health Organizations

The following organizations are signatories to a June 2001 letter to the US Department of Health petitioning the federal government to "allow people suffering from serious illnesses … to apply to the federal government for special permission to use marijuana to treat their symptoms."

Addiction Treatment Alternatives
AIDS Treatment Initiatives (Atlanta, GA)
American Public Health Association
American Preventive Medical Association
Bay Area Physicians for Human Rights (San Francisco, CA)
California Legislative Council for Older Americans
California Nurses Association
California Pharmacists Association
Embrace Life (Santa Cruz, CA)
Gay and Lesbian Medical Association
Hawaii Nurses Association
Hepatitis C Action and Advisory Coalition
Life Extension Foundation
Maine AIDS Alliance
Minnesota Nurses Association
Mississippi Nurses Association
National Association of People with AIDS
National Association for Public Health Policy
National Women's Health Network
Nebraska AIDS Project
New Mexico Nurses Association
New York City AIDS Housing Network
New York State Nurses Association Ohio Patient Network Okaloosa AIDS Support and Information Services (Fort Walton, FL)
Physicians for Social Responsibility - Oregon
San Francisco AIDS Foundation
Virginia Nurses Association
Wisconsin Nurses Association

Health Organizations Supporting Medical Marijuana Research

International and National Organizations

American Cancer Society
American Medical Association
British Medical Journal
California Medical Association
California Society on Addiction Medicine
Congress of Nursing Practice
Gay and Lesbian Medical Association
Jamaican National Commission on Ganja
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Workshop on the Medical Utility of Marijuana
Texas Medical Association
Vermont Medical Society
Wisconsin State Medical Society

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Posted by Brian Kelly on 02/11/2016 at 12:37 PM

Re: “Social Media Hates on Weed

When a loved one is in pain, wasting away unable to eat, and needs this marvelous herb in order to increase their appetite, reduce the overwhelming pain, and live as as healthy and happily as they can with the time they have left, let's have the compassion to allow them to have it.

Stop treating Medical Marijuana Patients like second rate citizens and common criminals by forcing them to the dangerous black market for their medicine.

Risking incarceration to obtain the medicine you need is no way to be forced to live.

Support Medical Marijuana Now!

"[A] federal policy that prohibits physicians from alleviating suffering by prescribing marijuana for seriously ill patients is misguided, heavy-handed, and inhumane." — Dr. Jerome Kassirer, "Federal Foolishness and Marijuana," editorial, New England Journal of Medicine, January 30, 1997

"[The AAFP accepts the use of medical marijuana] under medical supervision and control for specific medical indications." — American Academy of Family Physicians, 1989, reaffirmed in 2001

"[We] recommend … allow[ing] [marijuana] prescription where medically appropriate." — National Association for Public Health Policy, November 15, 1998

"Therefore be it resolved that the American Nurses Association will: — Support the right of patients to have safe access to therapeutic marijuana/cannabis under appropriate prescriber supervision." — American Nurses Association, resolution, 2003

"The National Nurses Society on Addictions urges the federal government to remove marijuana from the Schedule I category immediately, and make it available for physicians to prescribe. NNSA urges the American Nurses' Association and other health care professional organizations to support patient access to this medicine." — National Nurses Society on Addictions, May 1, 1995

"[M]arijuana has an extremely wide acute margin of safety for use under medical supervision and cannot cause lethal reactions … [G]reater harm is caused by the legal consequences of its prohibition than possible risks of medicinal use." — American Public Health Association, Resolution #9513, "Access to Therapeutic Marijuana/Cannabis," 1995

"When appropriately prescribed and monitored, marijuana/cannabis can provide immeasurable benefits for the health and well-being of our patients … We support state and federal legislation not only to remove criminal penalties associated with medical marijuana, but further to exclude marijuana/cannabis from classification as a Schedule I drug." — American Academy of HIV Medicine, letter to New York Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, November 11, 2003

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Posted by Brian Kelly on 02/11/2016 at 12:37 PM

Re: “Social Media Hates on Weed

In Response to commentator Amy Donohue,

Fear of Medical Marijuana Legalization is unfounded. Not based on any science or fact whatsoever.

So please, all prohibitionists, we beg you, give your scare tactics, "Conspiracy Theories" and "Doomsday Scenarios" over the inevitable Legalization of Medical Marijuana a rest. Nobody is buying them anymore these days. Okay?

Furthermore, if all prohibitionists get when they look into that nice, big and shiny crystal ball of theirs, while wondering about the future of Medical Marijuana Legalization Nationwide, is horror, doom, and despair, well then I suggest they return that thing as quickly as possible and reclaim the money they shelled out for it, since it's obviously defective.

The prohibition of marijuana has not decreased the supply nor the demand for medical marijuana at all. Not one single iota, and it never will. Just a huge and complete waste of our tax dollars to continue criminalizing sick patients and senior citizens in pain for choosing a natural, non-toxic, relatively benign plant proven to be much safer than daily handfuls of deadly, toxic, man-made, highly addictive, narcotic pain pills and other pharmaceuticals.

If prohibitionists are going to take it upon themselves to worry about "saving us all" from ourselves, then they need to start with the drug that causes more death and destruction than every other drug in the world COMBINED, which is alcohol!

Why do prohibitionists feel the continued need to vilify and demonize marijuana when they could more wisely focus their efforts on a real, proven killer, alcohol, which again causes more destruction, violence, and death than all other drugs, COMBINED?

Prohibitionists really should get their priorities straight and or practice a little live and let live. They'll live longer, happier, and healthier, with a lot less stress if they refrain from being bent on trying to control others through Draconian Marijuana Laws.

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Posted by Brian Kelly on 02/11/2016 at 12:36 PM

Re: “Social Media Hates on Weed

Cannabis is NOT legal in 23 states. Having medical marijuana programs does not mean it's legal.

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Posted by Amy Donohue on 02/11/2016 at 9:00 AM

Re: “Social Media Hates on Weed

Corporate America pharmaceutical companies!!!!!

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Posted by Norman Chidiac on 02/11/2016 at 3:48 AM

Re: “Grass Party

I will be switching garbage service

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Posted by Bad garbage on 02/06/2016 at 7:27 AM

Re: “Grass Party

There has been an unfair legal war against the plant since 1937, and even strict law enforcement types will now readily admit they regard MJ as very different from other drugs like meth, and also alcohol. It also may be a matter of exposure: people who try cannabis for the first time may well experience some level of unease with their thoughts and feelings, while people with the license to use it routinely act quite normally, as if not "high" at all. Patients who are very sick who state sincerely that they feel, eat and sleep better legally using MJ should not be disregarded - ever.

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Posted by Thinking_Aloud on 02/05/2016 at 6:26 AM

Re: “Grass Party

Mmj is not harmful in any way whatsoever!I have and hundreds of my friends have smoked Mmj for 45 years plus! Never will you see a person smoking Mmj get up and Say."out of pot,let's go Rob a cirkle k" etc.!DR. DEEN ODELL says he has never in his 25 years being a Dr has he seen a person come in with a respiratory related injury from smoking the pot! The biggest problem with smoking the Mmj is eating to much from the munchies !!! And all the stoners out there will totally agree with me !Time to decriminalize the pot and empty the prisons of Mmj realated sentences! THE BISH

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Posted by R5bishop on 02/04/2016 at 11:20 PM

Re: “Grass Party

Anyone who thinks mjust is not harmful is well on dugs.

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Posted by Azpaul on 02/04/2016 at 5:42 AM

Re: “The Struggle Continues

The question of what to do about drugs is not a new one. Over the last 100 years there have been numerous major government commissions around the world that have studied the drug laws and made recommendations for changes. You can find the full text of all of them at http://druglibrary.org/schaffer under Major Studies of Drugs and Drug Policy.

They all reached remarkably similar conclusions, no matter who did them, or where, or when, or why. They all agreed that the current laws were based on ignorance and nonsense, and that the current policy does more harm than good, no matter what you assume about the dangers of drugs. You don't have to take my word for that. Read them yourself.

If you are new to the collection, start with Licit and Illicit Drugs at http://druglibrary.org/schaffer/Library/st… That is the best overall review of the drug problem ever written. If you only read one book on the subject, make it that one. It will give you a good summary of what you would learn if you read all the other major reports.

In 1973, President Nixon's US National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse completed the largest study of the drug laws ever done. At the end of their study, they said the real drug problem was not marijuana, or heroin, or cocaine. The real drug problem, they said, was the ignorance of our public officials who keep spouting off with solutions but have never read the most basic research on the subject.

In a perfect illustration of their point, Nixon refused to read his own commission's report. The full text can be found at http://druglibrary.org/schaffer/Library/st…

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Posted by Charles Stanton on 02/01/2016 at 3:56 PM

Re: “The Struggle Continues

Marijuana was outlawed for two major reasons. The first was because "All Mexicans are crazy and marijuana is what makes them crazy." The second was the fear that heroin addiction would lead to the use of marijuana - exactly the opposite of the modern "gateway" nonsense.

Only one MD testified at the hearings for the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937. The representative of the American Medical Association said there was no evidence that marijuana was a dangerous drug and no reason for the law. He pointed out that it was used in hundreds of common medicines at the time, with no significant problems. In response, the committee told him that, if he wasn't going to cooperate, he should shut up and leave.

The only other "expert" to testify was James C. Munch, a pharmacologist. His sole claim to fame was that he had injected marijuana directly into the brains of 300 dogs and two of them died. When they asked him what he concluded from this, he said he didn't know what to conclude because he wasn't a dog psychologist. Mr. Munch also testified in court, under oath, that marijuana could make your fangs grow six inches long and drip with blood. He also said that, when he tried it, it turned him into a bat. He then described how he flew around the room for two hours.

Mr. Munch was the only "expert" in the US who thought marijuana should be illegal, so they appointed him US Official Expert on marijuana, where he served and guided policy for 25 years.

If you read the transcripts of the hearings, one question is asked more than any other: "What is this stuff?" It is quite apparent that Congress didn't even know what they were voting on. The law was shoved through by a small group of lunatics with no real awareness by anyone else of what was happening.

See http://druglibrary.org/schaffer/History/wh… for an entertaining short history of the marijuana laws.
See http://druglibrary.org/schaffer/hemp/taxac… for the complete transcripts of the hearings for the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937.

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Posted by Charles Stanton on 02/01/2016 at 3:55 PM

Re: “The Struggle Continues

The use of Marijuana is a National Issue and should be treated as such. As it is, Federal Law is in conflict with efforts by States to make Marijuana available for Medical purposes.

Congress should amend the Controlled Substances Act of 1970: Controlled Substances Act (CSA) (21 U.S.C. § 811). making Marijuana available for Medical Treatment. Its' use for Medical purpose should be supported by Scientific evidence, including Clinical Trials, and regulated by the FDA; closely monitored by the tending Physician and State Department of Health.
"Medical Marijuana" should be available by Prescription only (in a Pharmacy); issued by a Licensed Physician closely monitored by both the tending Physician and State Department of Health.

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Posted by Francis Saitta on 01/31/2016 at 12:15 PM

Re: “The Struggle Continues

Colorado has done a very comprehensive study into the revenue and market of Marijuana. This study is comprehensive as the participants as who is the consumer and what they represent as purchasing power in that market. https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/sites/default/files/Market%20Size%20and%20Demand%20Study,%20July%209,%202014%5B1%5D.pdf

This study done over a four period is very informative as it is very close to Arizona population diversity. Some of the absolutes described in this study need to be understood. While colorado allowed for small home grows it was just to expensive. To post so many police at home grow oversight was taking the whole of the enforcement budget;..... conclusion Didn't work

Just who buys Marijuana in Colorado? ......... By this government non-market driven study. It was extrapolated that after 4 years of legal recreational Marijuana was available that including medical. Study revealed that In the past, most researchers used a single, average annual consumption amount in order
to compute total demand. However, recent literature such as Caulkins (2011), Kilmer (2013), and Zeisser (2011)
show that an average rate is unreliable, and that heavy users account for the vast majority of marijuana demand in
all markets.

So I ask anyone interested in legalizing Marijuana with the MPP's proposal is really going to effect a small amount of people. And of those people the dispensary wants to cash in on your addiction. Put you in prison for just growing a plant never mind selling it. Take your property call you a felon limiting your employment prospects. take away right to vote own guns and parental rights go too.

To say this if nothing else if you rely on Marijuana therapy learn to grow. We have County attorney's that are prosecuting every single first time simple possession as a felony. So in one county you get a fine or a order to attend a drug and dependence class. In Maricopa county you are charged with a felony for possession of marijuana, felony for possession of drug paraphernalia bong, pipe, whatever. A suspect might might be charged with resisting arrest, public intoxication if smoking around a public setting even a concert. A suspect can possibly have his diving ability suspended pending investigation of the DOT.

When people that responded with somethings as simple as your paranoid or nonsense. They are appealing to the mindless minions that are going to the punch card, daily specials, happy hour pricing, Soon I will be looking for Ladies day for medication.

It is simple it you are a consumer of Marijuana for medical reasons. Depending on the ailment you will probably become a heavy user. As has Colorado figured out 29% of Marijuana users consume 87% of the available Marijuana sold. This legalization effort wont help you one bit in fact it penalizes you, further keeps you dependent and a second class citizen. Why wont MPP disclose their financial contributors ? And it is these people that we are to trust that say that is none of your business who pays us. It is these "Arizona Medical Marijuana Association" who helps fund these charlatans. In a previous post one eludes to self governing for testing and pesticides as success. Just where is The AZDHS standards they aren't enforced why not. They have the monies inside lobbing efforts by NORMAL and ADA to hinder and hold to implement when their Gestapo rules and stands "legalize Like Alcohol" passes.

If this passes the legalize like alcohol I for one will buy exclusively on the street or on the illegal market. I would not give a penny for a association affiliate that puts my neighbor in jail for planting the amount needed for their ailment. Simply because they want to profit from the unable, the mentally challenged the addicted the physically impaired. Yea people that have access to mom's pocket book or the neighbor's shed even tho they are 30 years old. So they can get their hit for the day. Keep then strung the Pawn shops, Used tool shops with have a bounty of items.

I have worked in the construction trade in the southwest for over 40 years. I have hired bus loads of day laborers some for months at a time. Most are Alcoholics ever notice how far a check cashing business and liquor store are from a day labor office? And several of the dispensaries want to string out the clientele and limit the supply to the heaviest users by limiting the amount of retail outlets. This alone will keep the illegal underground market going. So the new prohibition governing police body the "Marijuana Department Of License and Controls" can bust all of these and collect a revenue by promoting the use brillant. And the New police department will have control over writing rules till 2022 so it can become a limited autonomous department of Government. Yea we will have the state of AZ and the police of marijuana of AZ two different entirely different government's inside one government.

Nonsense is any kind of validation of supporting MPPs proposed "legalize Like Alcohol".............AZFMR is a grass roots user completely non-collectively funded group of heavy users. It is these people that really control the use and need of the product in Arizona. Throw enough of the under the bus for growing for their ailment. Now the size of the enforcement will grow and guess what we are back where we started in 1937 haven't learned a fucking thing but who to point a finger at.

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Posted by Carpet Baggers on 01/31/2016 at 11:08 AM

Re: “The Struggle Continues

"because at a national level marijuana is still a Schedule 1 drug—meaning it is considered more harmful than methamphetamine."

Huh? ¿WTF?

I've known, encountered and/or dealt with many a person over the years who have been involved with one or the other and...what a load of horseshit! Anyone who doesn't have their head jammed so far up their ass that that they can tickle their lungs with their tongue knows that meth is WAAAY more damaging. No wonder why many of us lost our faith in anything that is "at a national level" years ago. Unacceptable!!

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Posted by AZ/DC on 01/29/2016 at 2:53 PM

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