Smith seems to approve of every dispensary in town. I suppose from his perspective, it all looks great. The truth is that only a fool would pay $65 an eighth of medical cannabis. In CO, you would pay $35 for the same thing. Or $25 for premium. I think Smith is just out to get stoned, which is fine, but he is also doing a disservice to serious medical users like me.
Frank's scenario only holds water if the "private sector" decides to start paying living wages adjusted for inflation and offering real benefits to its workers. Anybody holding their breath waiting for that?...yeah, didn't think so. And if you think corporations' avarice will disappear along with govt. regulation, then you've lived in a cave for the last three decades.
It does seem strange that the state given low income patients a 50% cost savings for the card, then forces us to use the overpriced dispensary system with a rule (not the law?). Non-profit my foot, the price is the same or nearly the same as buying it off the streets. My cost for opium based pain killers is about $100 a month. I might be able to reduce my opium use with the use of marijuana, however my cost will go up to $100 a week. So I have to stay with the opium based pain killer or find a low cost outlet for marijuana. If the state really cared about low income patients and wanted to help reduce the use of opium they would reinstate the right to grow.
If we down-size the governments (fed, state, local)...and then up-size the private
sector of our economy...then, any harm you bring to yourself or others from the
ingesting of your poison(s) of choice...can be paid for from the cash in your pockets.
Say Hello to true liberty.
This is an outstanding artical. Thank you !
a big thanks to everyone involved in this especially bob clark and shawn earl, we must stop the injustice faced by cannabis users, cannabis is safer than alcohol and cigarette tobacco,,,,,stop the lies,,,,,legalize !!!!
Look we evolve, plain and simple. We realise tobacco with all its extras added isn't so great. Alcohol, has shown many lives taken by drunk drivers. Teens do things when they are going through their growing pains. Should youngsters be able to use marijuana? NO! It is not up to anyone other thna "we the people" to decide what is best for our village. And we the people will raise our chbildren better than any generation before. We are raising smart, talented, educated kids. Parents need to parent. Some can marry at 16, usually in more remote towns. So an age minimum of 18 seems appropiate. Even 21. Adult, tax paying individuals should be able to use marijuana if one chooses. Let's get this on the ballot. Why is it that I just heard about this now?????? I could have been getting signatures.
"So I hope that by next year, there are hundreds of parents turning to cannabis, which is apparently a more effective treatment for severe epilepsy than traditional pharmacopoeia."
Mr Smith needs to do his homework. Cannabis was traditionally listed in the US Pharmacopeia and wasn't removed until the anti-cannabis propaganda machine got going in the '30s, thanks to some corporate influence from the synthetic fiber industry and a really bad
(un)scientific government study, in which their alleged "thc " actually resulted in death when injected into dogs (obviously not cannabis).
So therefore cannabis IS part of the traditional pharmacopeia.
Also, stop relying on spell check. I know you're working for a free paper in Tucson, but come on. Have some journalistic integrity for f sake!
What's the point of all this when
I cannot afford to medicate at these ridiculously high prices. I pose the idea that the MMJ system is a partial failure. I will continue medicate, however, I will be forced to resort to other measures to obtain my medicine.
I do not recognize the government's right to tell me how and when I may use medical marijuana. Furthermore, what I grow in the privacy of my own home for my own use is my own damn business! I DARE the authorities to come knocking at my door, because I will throw so many lawsuits at them they won't be able to dig their way out from under for years!
If the Weekly needs a real Pot Editor, I'm offering.... Studied English at Rugby School in the UK, so I think I can handle the job! I also have the benefit of being an actual, legitimate MMJ patient!
I personally would say Bloom is a ripoff, as are most of the dispensaries. Smith obviously has no clue about genuine medical marijunana use. As someone with chronic pain from herniated discs and defective knees, I must use marijuana daily in order to have a normal quality of life. Some days, when the pain is especially intense, I can use up to an eighth. $55 an eighth is a ripoff, especially for Bloom's, poorly trimmed, loose buds.
No medicine is worth $55 an eighth. Some dispensaries, such as Purple Med, are starting to address this fact. They currently have J-27 and Dark Shadow for $35/eighth and Blackberry for $25/eighth. I won't pretend its top shelf, but its potent, tasty, well trimmed, dense bud.
People like Mr Smith are a detriment to the Medical Marijuana industry, as are all those who faked it to get a card. Recreational users are paying the prices that are allowing the dispensaries to gouge us legitimate patients, because when you are a recreational user, you don't care as much whether you pay $35 or $55 for something that will last you two weeks!
the resistance is maintained and $upported by the Feds, ATF, DEA, ICE, etc whose members livings are bolstered by it, and by the Cartels in and outside of Mexico, and the criminal mafia groups here. They mostly inflame local opinion against use through School, and Church organizations to bring pressure on legislative representatives to continue prosecution and to NOT decriminalize. That keeps the cost of obtaining it High and more profit to suppliers because production costs are actually low.
Forgive me if I'm wrong but they don't intend to sell it to tourists.
Mr. Smith you continue to be the prohibitionists' best friend with your usage of their slang for cannabis -- pot and weed (and even marijuana). You are neck and neck with the major asswipe on this subject Howie Fischer of Arizona Capitol Times and stop being a flak for the dispensary industry. Call it cannabis or Mary Jane or the trees or the herb but "Pot" is the favorite word of the media when they are too goddamn lazy to use more than a 3 letter word. You have been the MMJ critic for an entire year and yet oddly you fail to cover the basic story in Tucson which is the police in direct contradiction of the intent of the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act and their reign of terror in using undercover cops and informants at the AZDHS to arrest, harass and generally try and crib death the MMJ program. Get your stoner arse out of your "pot haze" and start doing some real journalistic writing or else let someone else have your job.
I live in california. And this is very comfortable state when it comes to the weather. But not so comfortable when it comes to laws, traffic and taxation. I think legalization would be a very good investment for this state. The pros obviously would out way the cons in so many different aspects. History has proven that to us and other countries. but theres still money hungry media, religious beliefs pharmaceutical companies, federal government agencies and state government agencies that still claim it's demoralizing, sinful and harmful. Or are they just afraid of change?. Hemp, cannabis and medical cannabis is a plant given to mankind by mother nature to use as a tool for life. No matter how hard us humans try to contradict that. Will always find a way to use cannabis. So lets legalize, regulate and tax everyone that sees this.
Seems like legalization would get both Republican and Democrat support. Republicans can cash in on the growth ( I'm sure the cigarette companies are raring to go) and the Democrats would enjoy the product. Then we could drop the medicinal fig leaf.
We all know legalize is Best
Thank you for your writings.
stop the lies,,,legalize !!!
Hey, I am gonna give my homestate (Arizona) the middle finger and will be moving to Colorado where voters voted to legalise cannabis for everyone over 21 years of age. It is a no-brainer, F%&* Off Arizona!, I am going to Colorado. Arizona, and Joe Arpaio, can eat shit!!
It's a good policy for anyone wanting to stay safe, secure and not worry about a SWAT raid to stay off of CraigsList. Are you a plant for the po-po Mr. Smith? Why are you trying to get our patients in trouble by having them go on Craigslist to make a purchase of cannabis? Please be responsible since you are well read in the community and I don't always agree with you and your love of the dispensaries over the patients having the power but it is what it is. Mr. Humble is not going to be the AZDHS Director for much longer (a little birdie told me this) so hopefully the next Director won't be ignorant, hostile to the patients and educated about the plant.
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