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.
The counter narco squad in Tucson are targeting patients and they are being tried and found guilty under the old ARS 13 and not being give protection under ARS 36-2811.
We must stop this they are ignoring the Arizona constitution.
beware, your mmj card is worthless as a defense,,,,,as paula huff was found guilty today!
I guess DOJ wants to get more money down to the Mexican cartels. Only explanation.
holder belongs hanging from a tree!,,,,co-conspiritor in the murder of brian terry!
The good news is I weathered the storm in Colorado with buds for sale at a farmers market.
I for one am indeed anxious to see Arizona'a first book audit. Our regulating Agency who is suppose to oversea everything from production to final sale will have many voids to go through. Also the fact that I have not been given a single receipt for any purchase that I have made at a Tucson Dispensary should be a good indicator of what is going on. If the Dispensary owners are able to prove every single transaction is a non profit one, than the Department of Health Services are indeed in need of some servicing themselves. Any news when the ADHS will start on the folks here in AZ? Now that would be newsworthy indeed?
Blah, blah, blah really Mr. Smith is this what you are reduced to writing about? What about the whole story about our Medical Marijuana program being stagnant? We only have 36,000 registered patients and a measly 700 caregivers (ridiculously low numbers). There are 40 CHAAs that don't even have one registered caregiver to take care of the folks that have cards but no one to grow medicine for them. What about the over 80 crowd (there are close to 100 patients in Arizona that are over 80 years old) and why is there no caregiver over the age of 80 to take care of the greatest generation folks that have Alzheimer's, Multiple Sclerosis, and Cancer? You just are living in your own little world of writing about stuff that the average person living in Tucson could care less about. Why aren't you talking about the Pima County Narcotics Alliance and their running buck wild and shredding our rights? Guess that's just asking too much of you Mr. Smith and do you even like writing a weekly column? You just seem so joyless to me and I wish we could have another viewpoint about the medical marijuana program than a stoner guy that's in his thirties.
Thank you Vicente Fox (former Mexico President)
stand up people and be seen and heard!,,,,stop the war on cannabis users!
stop the lies!,,,way past time to legalize!,,,,sign a petition today to stop the unjust persecution of cannabis users!,,,,,cannabis is safer than alcolhol!,,,,,legalize in 2014!,,,
COUNTER NARCOTICS ALLIANCE CONDUCTING ILLEGAL RAIDS
"2811 Shield" Protects Medical Marijuana Cardholders
TUCSON, ARIZONA - After almost three years of illegally kicking in doors and busting the homes apart of legal, licensed medical marijuana cardholders, it has come to the attention of the Pima County Attorney's Office that these Counter Narcotics Alliance (CNA) raids are illegal.
A.R.S. 36-28, the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, has a chapter in it, 2811, which specifically states that cardholders are not subject to criminal investigation, arrest, property seizure or forfeiture, or prosecution for cultivating and using cannabis if licensed by Arizona Department of Health Services (AZDHS) to do so.
Apparently, nobody had bothered to read the law.
Medical marijuana cardholder and pro per defendant Paula Huff was trying to figure out just how, despite being diligent to stay within the bounds of the law, her home was raided and she was dragged outside naked and tortured on her porch for an hour and a half in front of all her neighbors by CNA officers who were perhaps just a bit too bonered up for a drug bust. This is no exaggerations, folks. Huff's neighbors, upon witnessing the naked porch torture, actually called the cops on the cops, sparking a Tucson Police Department Internal Affairs investigation. But that's a whole other article for later.
One thing Huff wanted to find out was whether the cops involved in the raid on her home were even trained in the laws they thought they were enforcing. And it turns out they aren't.
During Huff's investigation into the nature and cause of the CNA raid, it was revealed that instead of real, actual, legal POST training in the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, all the Counter Narcotics Alliance got was a PowerPoint presenation produced by Phoenix Police Department.
Upon conclusion of the first four police officer interrogations, it became apparent that CNA officers may not even have watched Phoenix PD's PowerPoint presentation. When asked questions taken directly from the PowerPoint training materials, not a single CNA officer gave a single correct answer.
When asked whether law enforcement officers enforce medical marijuana laws, every police officer stated that yes, they do enforce medical marijuana laws, and even go so far as to do unwarranted searches of cardholders' homes to check for compliance with medical marijuana laws. It should be noted that several slides in the PowerPoint presentation are dedicated to the 2811 shield, and one slide has nothing but YOU DO NOT ENFORCE THE MEDICAL MARIJUANA ACT right in the middle of the page.
The slides dedicated to the 2811 shield even have pictures on them to help the police officers to understand the concept. Despite a whole slide with nothing on it but a statement that cops don't enforce marijuana laws, and several more slides with pictures on them, none of the cops interrogated at the Pima County Attorney's Officer by Paula Huff were able to answer questions related to the 2811 shield correctly, and in fact confessed to committing crimes by conducting unwarranted searches and seizures, and arresting law-abiding, taxpaying medical marijuana cardholders under Title 13.
What does this mean if the cops are beating on your door? Well, the magic words in that case are, "I am a valid medical marijuana cardholder, I am not opening my door for you or leaving my home, and I am protected under the 2811 shield, so take your SWAT team and guns and armor and go home!"
If you are currently being prosecuted for Title 13 marijuana crimes when you had a valid medical marijuana card, then you need to file a motion to dismiss due to 2811 shield law. Read A.R.S. Title 36 Section 28 Chapter 11, and quote that directly in your motion, and your case should be tossed out posthaste, your property should be returned or you should be compensated for it, and everyone should be able to get back to living a life free of hassles and intrusion by an overzealous army of Arizona cops.
Patient Advocate Group
Remember prohibition? That didn't work either. The federal government is far, far behind the times. The states know a cash cow when they see one. To put Marijuana in the same class as Heroin is like saying alcohol is comparable to water. Really? Look at statistics moron, there are more accidents and deaths related to alcohol than weed. As a matter of fact, when was the last time you heard of a pot related accident or death. I'll bet you 're one of those that sit home with your cocktail in one hand and your prescription medication in the other.
Of course you are a huge fan of the legal drug cartels (dispensaries). The only problem Mr. Smith is these dispensaries are not LEGAL under the federal law (Controlled Substances Act) and have no safe harbor for the people that work there and own them. In fact these dispensaries in Arizona will be raided shortly and all of these people are facing Class 2 felonies (which is the most serious felony in Arizona). Dispensaries are in the business of dispensing and selling drugs and in this case only agencies possessing a DEA license (i.e. Oxford University pot farm) can even touch Schedule I drugs. Look it up and Eric Holder, Tom Horne, Barbara LaWall, Will Humble, all the attorney's in Arizona will tell you that the dispensaries are going to be hit very soon and the minimum sentencing for people engaged in selling drugs (first time offenders) is 5 - 10 years in prison do not pass go, do not collect your $200. Phoenix and Tucson dispensaries are going down and the paperwork is just getting coordinated so let your dispensary friends know they are going to be arrested and charged with Schedule II offenses and the patients/caregivers are under a 2811 Shield (Affirmative Defense) and they have safe harbor (per Tom Horne's Attorney General Opinion issued August 8, 2012).
Mr. Smith there is a wildfire of activity on Facebook right now centering on the Pima County Attorney's office and their new stance on no longer charging any MMJ patients or caregiver's with Title 13 offenses. Under the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act any patient is entitled to raise his 2811 Shield rights (ARS 36-2811 Affirmative Defense) and this Shield protects all patients and caregivers from being arrested, charged or even investigated for their medical use of cannabis if they have a valid card and stick under 2 1/2 oz of medicine in their possession.
This is big news and Thomas Horne our Attorney General is the one driving this because he issued a legal opinion on August 8, 2012 that was sent to the 13 County Attorney's (including Barbara LaWall, Sheila Polk and Bill Montgomery) telling them to stand down on patients but to go full steam ahead on the real drug dealers -- the licensed dispensaries in Arizona. So spread the news far and wide it's a day of Freedom for all the patients. In Tucson alone over a dozen patients have been arrested, booked into Pima County Jail for the night, been indicted for Class 6 felonies and in some cases have had their kids taken into CPS foster care resulting in havoc on their personal lives. This is the story to right about since there are 3,500 Tucson patients alone plus the thousands of eligible Arizona patients and the 260,000 plus out-of-state patients. We're all covered by the 2811 Shield. The Tucson Police Department even had a 22 page powerpoint presentation to explain the 2811 Shield to the entire police force of 1,000 uniformed officers.
His review is lacking in interest.
"Clinics" - in questionable store fronts with recycled display cases full of ball jars containing different color, different tasting, different effecting weed bud. We got it. Move forward with something of interest.
What else did they have besides the overpriced bud. Any tinctures or topicals? Your review is lacking in details, and what strains did they have for the folks that want an alternative to hydroponic weed? Are any of their flowers grown outdoor's in soil with no synthetic nutrients or additives? Did you receive any educational materials? Do they offer any growing classes? Any medical marijuana baking seminars on how to make butter, tinctures or canna caps? Was the Medical Director on site to answer questions? Is there menu accurate as posted on their website? Is there a fee to use the ATM machine or do they accept my debit card? Any discounts for seniors or veterans?
If all I wanted was a smoke report I'll stick with THC Finder but come on Mr. Smith you were hired to be a MMJ Critic Reviewer and your column this week seems a little lame (sorry bro I love ya but I expect a lot from you). You do read William Breathe's column at West Word don't you?
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