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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: Medical MJ

Re: “Is Arizona the Next State to Legalize Recreational Marijuana?

I would rather not see legalization pass than have the MPP's version passed. Robert Ruckman, above, exposes some of the many problems I see with their proposal.

Despite the author's claim, the MPP's proposed initiative in Arizona has very little resemblance to the Colorado law. A friend of mine who is the CFO (and also a CPA) of a large grower in Colorado says the success of these laws depends upon two things. How well the law is written, and how well it is implemented. You can not make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. If we are going to pass a marijuana legalization law, let's do it right, and not grab the first thing that comes along.

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Posted by lc69hunter on 03/17/2016 at 7:37 AM

Re: “Meaningful Marijuana

Jay; I have had to recently go to help family up in Washington, obtained a MMJ card there too. I need to drive every 6 or 7 weeks. I have family in Oregon, Grants Pass & Eugene. Then on up to Bellevue and Issaquah in WA. I can honestly Arizona has the most expensive and least effective of any MMJ on the states markets. In WA. to a mmj patient the average cost for decent product is 5 to 8 a gram. for recreational average is $10>12 top going for 18 specials take a 20% off that. Oregon is about 30% less on the average and better product all around. I think one place had 20 grams that tested at 34% but that was not my need.

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Posted by Robert Ruckman on 03/17/2016 at 6:10 AM

Re: “Is Arizona the Next State to Legalize Recreational Marijuana?

Here is an excellent article on who is behind these marijuana initiatives. We need to protect the children from these charlatans. http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/201…

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Posted by Robert Ruckman on 03/17/2016 at 5:48 AM

Re: “Is Arizona the Next State to Legalize Recreational Marijuana?

Sorry, I am not like you Mary Jane Doe. Almost all of those a states you have mentioned have abandoned MPP and it policies. Since being taken over and the board of directors changed since most of the successes took place.

Dan Riffle, the former director of federal policy at the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), a legalization advocacy group, recently said that these concerns pushed him to leave MPP. In a revealing interview, he said that "the industry is taking over the movement."

I can read and understand this proposed legislation is nothing at all in any way close to the legalization done in Colorado, and I doubt your integrity to refer to it as similar.

MPP has attempted to create a cartel in Ohio In Maine and have been soundly defeated. This MPP has folded medical into a agency that has no defined responsibility to study the positive effects. This MPP is a washington based political action committee a PAC and a legislative lobbing consultant group set on building a cartel if you will in AZ.

Mpp will use every unscrupulous term to define their reasoning for doing this action. They just want to help the sick the poor and the infirm. MPP's proposal want to control the hemp production the smoke shops, the vap stores, the agriculture growing stores, the growing, the processing the distribution, the manufacturer the licensing, while applying a licencing to each of these businesses on top of any local ones that apply when we already have agencies that do that very thing.

What this MPP proposed "legalize like Alcohol" will do is build a taxing licencing revenue collection agency. This agency
" Department of license and Controls" immune from any oversight or audit till 2022 as stated in their proposal. It strips most of the protections given in the 2010 law. It will no longer call Marijuana useful in medical situation. I will vote for the status quo before this line of lies unscrupulous people.

There is not one thing in MPP's proposal that promotes the positive effects or the study to do so. The only Mandate MPP's is asking for is market & revenue control with police and judicial powers. For that they promise some monies to Education when they show a profit after building this depart of Marijuana. That is it NO! money for study of positive effects. This is a Trojan horse, The the Emperor has a new set of clothes. Judas and 20 coins of silver

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Posted by Robert Ruckman on 03/17/2016 at 5:42 AM

Re: “Meaningful Marijuana

What gets me is their is no discount programs for disable patients. I get offering discounts for seniors and veterans. But offering student discounts but not for ssa/ssi disability patients?? The bloom is the only one I can fine that give discounts for disability patients (ssa/ssi). The whole idea of the medical marijuana program was geared for disable and sick patients. Yet their the last ones thought of. Living off disability pays so little. I can barely afford the medicine. One use to be able to grow marijuana for 35-40$ an oz and it was affordable. Now im forced to pay $200-350 a oz. I cant afford this.

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Posted by jaysmot on 03/16/2016 at 3:40 PM

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

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