I agree with everything you said save one. Safer Arizona's measure will pass, that said this is your best article. I have read everyone you have written. Glad to have you on board the legalization train.
sign a petition for legalization in 2014,,,,we will be all over town this weekend promoteing for safer arizona!,,,,marijuana is safer than alcohol!
Letting people grow a plant? In their own house? Like a free country? That's crazy!
Yeah, it's about time.
Hemp Hemp Hooray Mr. Smith and I applaud your wonderful column today. I agree with you 100% and after 3 years of having MMJ in Arizona we're still at a point where our local police force are treating this as a crime (just ask Paula Huff how she likes serving a one year sentence for growing 11 plants with a valid card). We're fortunate that in Tucson we have several first class dispensaries serving the MMJ community with compassion and fair prices (Downtown Dispensary; Desert Re-Leaf; and Purple Meds). On October 21 of this year the 40,000 plus patients should be very happy when the Judge in the 25 Mile Lawsuit (Floyd & Cassidy) awards back our cultivation rights and Will Humble's head can explode and our program will finally be the model of the country with our dispensaries humming along and the patients finally getting back their grow rights.
Heaven forbid that adults be able to alter their consciousness or enjoy their physical beings in a safe, responsible fashion! Who cares if they want to get high, cempiremtn? As long as they're doing it on their time, using their $ to buy it and staying off the roads, what business is it of yours? Or anybody else's, for that matter?
"a wake-and-bake-supply trip "
This shows that the the "Medical Pot" sham really is "mostly" that, a SHAM. All it is about is getting weed to get high.
touche Monsieur, touche!
You're absolutely correct, jammer k65. Somehow, we need to convince the naysayers.
cannabis is safer than alcohol!
Hey, regarding alcohol, there are still dry counties in this country, and maybe even whole states, so why not also force your morality on marijuana users? Isn't that the game for all those morally pure folks? We don't want it in OUR lives, so you can't have it in yours either!
Its about time those that need this product to stay alive and well, can now in AZ. Well at least for the near future.
Excellent review, I love this place.
"OLDEST DISPENSARY" REALLY???? These places have not even been open for a year. If they survive the year then patients will know what their options may be.
Okay, just when you were starting to write about things that matter then this! Its not a boring read that's for sure.
I read many of the reports on those busts that happened in WA on that day and it was a tax scheme with nothing to do with marijuana instead evading taxes and not securing a good distribution, other words "criminal activity" other drugs and all. Say what you want the recent raids in my mind are justified if they are not playing by the rules. We have State approved dispensaries in Arizona within less then 1000ft from a school. How long do you think they will last?
This story was much better when I mistakenly read the author as Jim Nintzel.
Just curious -did you attend catholic school?
The Tucson mountains out at Continental Ranch look like fresh little nuggs this time of year.
You know, nothing against the MMJ (or just MJ) stance, but the car-fucking analogy just seems silly and gratuitous. Have to wonder if you would have written the same story sans pseudonym.
Do you think you can get out of your 420 Haze for a minute and look at the reality of what is going on with our MMJ program in Tucson? Why is our police chief running amok and stating publicly that he thinks the Arizona Medical Marijuana Program is a "hoax" and in fact all the people on the program are recreational users and of course marijuana is a gateway drug. This backwards thinking has caused our City Council to be paralyzed when it comes to grandfathering in all the 4,000 plus patients with their grow rights. Tucson has passed land use zoning to allow for patients, caregivers and the dispensaries all to cultivate if they follow the rules. Dispensaries are to pay an annual $450.00 fee to the City of Tucson for doing a zoning compliance letter and the patients/caregivers do not need to file any paperwork they are good to go and the City Council knows this is the law of the land but someone (Mr. Smith possibly) needs to get on the record that the Pima County Narcotics Alliance (they already worked deals with Green Halo and Shop 420) is to leave the patients alone and not arrest any MMJ patients with valid cards. You have ignored the Paula Huff situation (she is a victim of our overzealous Pima County Attorney's Office) and why won't you cover this story? Shame on you Mr. Smith, Speaking Truth to Power does not approve!
"Ibuprofen," not "ibuprofin." Don't smoke and spellcheck.
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