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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: Medical MJ

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

Re: “The Struggle Continues

but give em all the alcohol they want,,,, cannabis is safer than alcohol,,, if cannabis is going to remain illegal than make alcohol illegal !!!!!,,,,, stop the lies, legalize 2016 !!!!!!!!

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Posted by jammerk65 on 01/28/2016 at 2:00 PM

Re: “The Struggle Continues

first and foremost the title 13 criminal code needs to be amended to say anything under1 ounce is simple possession. This is what is pushing the sheep into the sheering pen. Bill Montgomery and several state legislature and county attorneys are scaring the beejeebies of of people to get this genie out of the bottle called " MARIJUANA DEPARTMENT OF LICENSE AND CONTROLS" It is unfathomable that Maricopa county is the only county that prosecutes first time small amounts as a felony. Take this away and the MPP proposal is now the same menacing laws as always.

I believe the system would work better for medical if they would license only medical professional to administer the MMJ. with a cap on how many patients a physician can have.

Have all medication administered through these caregivers. All medication that would be available to patients would be tested by the department of agriculture. It would be that department in control of intellectual license product testing for recreational and done by the state for medical. This Department of Agriculture will work in conjunction with all research and learning institutions. any and all intellectual properties will be the property of the state.

The state with the formation of a marijuana board that is under the control of Alcohol & Tobacco prevailing board. All monies collected will go into the general fund on recreational purchases. All monies collected from intellectual properties gained through State studies or involvement and sales will go directly into the medical program.
The medical will and must come up with comprehensive study of the Cannabis plant for medical therapies that does not include abuse or addiction as the main collective interest. Any and all studies relating to Recreational or Medical Marijuana will be made public and made available to nonassociated peer review.

After contemplating the story again, as I await my turn at medical treatment non mmj. I know of several dispensaries that are not aligned with ADA and caregivers as well. So I would guess that I am slow to see the forest for the trees. I will then take it as anyone in the Current industry in AZ. If they do not conform to standards that some say are in place by the industry itself. They will be left out and ostracized by the industry and the Herman Goering " DEPARTMENT OF LICENSE AND CONTROLS " ?

It appears a lobbing effort is being put in place to have the right people on the " DEPARTMENT OF LICENCE AND CONTROLS"

we need to let the dispensaries go recreational don't give them a department of anything. They have done little to help medical but to garner market control. It is a cash and carry business. If anyone now in the marijuana industry in AZ has not amortized their initial investment return. We don't need to prop a failing business models with market felony heavy enforcement. Things evolve much like how we shop on line today we don't limit the amount of stores.

I just watched a 2 day seminar on the positive aspects of marijuana and how to possibly implement into their live without having the psychoactive effect. Not one of the dispensaries sent me notice of this. They did send me specials punch cards concerts invitations. We all know in flower the lower part is less potent than he top. So these dispensaries growers harvest in groups lower shake, mid plant , top. Then it is the lower and mid plant that they put out for tuesday specials. This is why the State of Arizona needs to work into a program that the State owns and the facilities and the equipment for all MMJ testing. They can contract out the operation but the testing distribution for medical will only be by the State of AZ. Then in time infuse it with the FDA guidelines that are forth coming. Then allow for interstate of MMJ on a national market by FDA established guidelines.

Can you just imagine the quagmire of legal suits? Market controls, criminal enterprising, local municipalities screaming, addiction marketing companies all clamoring for states rights controls. When it become recreational legal till they regain the medical? And then we will be stuck with a noneffective " MARIJUANA DEPARTMENT OF LICENSE AND CONTROLS". When the Feds change the schedule it is a new game in town we dont need to build a coliseum for a sport that will never happen.

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Posted by Carpet Baggers on 01/28/2016 at 10:42 AM

Re: “The Struggle Continues

It's interesting that no actual harm is cited when offering up these proposals. If increased use by minors, cannabis-related traffic fatalities or hospital admissions or injuries or anything negative at all was occurring because of legal access to marijuana, then some of these proposals might make sense. Instead, there is simply mindless resistance to responsible cannabis use by adults...just because...ummmm...because...?

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Posted by Don Berry on 01/28/2016 at 3:40 AM

Re: “Legal Divide

67 year old macular degeneration pain meds. Yea it's very hard to see at time thanks for the consideration.

Posted by Carpet Baggers on 01/24/2016 at 9:24 PM

Re: “Legal Divide

Seriously, I tried to read it too and gave up. Punctuation matters. It is very difficult to understand your writing, and I do think you have something important to say.

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Posted by EZ on 01/24/2016 at 3:58 PM

Re: “Legal Divide

TXJesse you want to personal attack that is all

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Posted by Carpet baggers on 01/22/2016 at 6:20 AM

Re: “Legal Divide

I could have understood what you were saying if you had not been high when you wrote it. Or perhaps you didn't learn to write in school. Please try again with correct grammar and punctuation. I would like to know your thoughts on this subject.

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Posted by TXJesse on 01/21/2016 at 10:23 PM

Re: “Legal Divide

There is too much money in Marijuana to make it legal. Just look at the economic ripple it would cause right here in Tucson. Courts police counseling prisons illegal underground economy that needs to be to keep the ancillary enforcement dollars. These would all shrivel up and the Sheriff cant really seize and confiscate anymore. So that budget gets smaller. The defence attorney that make deals with prosecutorial plea bargains for tens of thousands of dollars charges to a impoverished family will be gone.

The dispensary will be gone as a medical implement of therapies will go the way of daily specials new MJ laced hot sauce and gummy bears. We need to protect these business as they are the ones with the cash register that the Dept.of Marijuana will oversee. With out dispensaries we wont have tax collection point of sale that gets turned over daily to the dept. AZ needs to keep illegal so not to allow Marijuana from other states or countries into this market. You can only grow for yourself 6 plants and a proposed licence fee TBD. All of these plants can be 12 feet tall and yield 2 pound of market product of flower. That's 24 pounds of marijuana you will be allowed to keep for yourself which is as much of a dream as making marijuana legal.

If / when congress changes the denotation and interstate commerce rules apply This Department of Marijuana will be obsolete with a huge bureaucracy in place that will have to be dismantled. A duplication of existing state departments that overlay already existing departments. A sick person whom can medically use marijuana will be able to order over the net and pay a sales tax like regular medicine.

It is the economic upheaval associated with legalizing marijuana that people are afraid of not the product. As far as children getting ahold of this. I had 5 kids and gave up furthering my employment or income bracket. Something had to be left out so many leave their kids for others to raise lots of free time on a child hands. I have seen kids sniffing gasoline huffing paint ripping beer selling whatever meth heck even Marigold seeds and nutmeg will get you high. All from 2 earner families with nice homes good educational opportunities if they had the background of a youth not just growing up in a day care and sent to camps. Yea Marijuana gets blamed for so much of our shortcomings.

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Posted by Carpet baggers on 01/21/2016 at 6:12 AM

Re: “MJ Terms

I saw this too in Weedsday Wednesday the weekly internet call-in radio show broadcast @ 8am. We have to give a hand to the ladies for also promoting knowledge of the terms with cannabis.
Very informative on the medical aspects of cannabis therapies. They are not trying to compete with the alcohol society. Legalize like Alcohol is not their target group of therapy they take a more holistic approach.

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Posted by Carpet Baggers on 01/12/2016 at 2:44 PM

Re: “MJ Terms


A quick look at Tumbleweed reveals that their blog that does not link to or cite sources for any of their news postings. A pretty crappy site if they are stealing content and not crediting the authors for it...

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Posted by HumanBean on 01/11/2016 at 10:16 AM

Re: “Legal Theft, Part I

Hey Dope is for Dopes, Ron Johnson runs a legal jewelry business. So you should learn the facts before running your mouth. You sound like a cop.

Posted by Robert Clark on 01/09/2016 at 8:18 PM

Re: “MJ Terms

I noticed this article is taken verbatim from an article that appeared in my Tumbleweeds Health Center news feed. That article did not credit an author. Did you write it and they stole it or vice-versa?

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Posted by Bruce on 01/09/2016 at 7:46 AM

Re: “MMJ Update and Opinion: New Conditions

Dave K,Phoenix,AZ
With all this insightful information and the moral and intellectual facets that need to be seen and valued. Why would any thinking moral individual support MPP's and it pure market control ideology. A Washington DC based political action committee that is funded 75% by law enforcement like Joe Arpaio ? Of the 4.8 million budget they have for AZ 480,000.00 was contributed by industry the rest law enforcement and lawyers lobbing to keep a suppression going.

If this bogus legalize like alcohol prop is allowed and passed on the ballot. Now this is solely a states right's issue so the industry will run with impunity fold the medical into a police organization that is ill equipped or focused on any kind of medical just market control.

I would love to see a webinar debate by the two initiatives. I will bet 20 to 1 the punishment the enforcement the distribution licensee money for education yada yada yada yada before any medical issues will be addressed yea I don't trust Phoenix sorry Dave K, more than once burnt

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Posted by carpet baggers on 01/01/2016 at 10:56 AM

Re: “MMJ Update and Opinion: New Conditions

"From a pharmacological perspective, cannabinoids are considerably safer than opioids and have broad applicability in palliative care. Had cannabis not been removed from our pharmacopoeia 7 decades ago and remained available to treat chronic pain, potentially thousands of lives that have been lost to opioid toxicity could have been prevented."

"The medicinal cannabis user should not be considered a criminal in any state and the DEA and our legal system should be using science and logic as the basis of policy making rather than political or societal bias."

[Carter et al. Cannabis in palliative medicine: improving care and reducing opioid-related morbidity. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2011.]

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Posted by Dave K, Phoenix, Az on 01/01/2016 at 7:05 AM

Re: “MMJ Update and Opinion: New Conditions

For many who use this plant as medicine, cannabis is not about “getting high.” Rather, it is at the end of a long list of medicines that have been tried but did not work. It is uncivilized, immoral, and barbaric to keep medicine from another who benefits from its use. Most who use cannabis do experience a “high” initially when using cannabis but are not bothered by these effects as they become accustomed to them.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) the use of cannabis does not result in a significant increase in traffic accidents. Please review these results if you have any concerns whatsoever about marijuana and driving. Apparently it is almost as hard to find cannabis deaths due to driving as it is to find lethal overdoses of cannabis. The people repealed one expensive and damaging prohibition, and we can do it again. Legalize and regulate like alcohol in 2016!…

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Posted by Dave K, Phoenix, Az on 01/01/2016 at 7:02 AM

Re: “Scottsdale Company Capitalizes on Medical Marijuana Industry

You cannot do "mail order" marijuana- that is against federal law.
I invested in a domain name from - I figured I might as well try and make a buck off of legal weed as well!

Posted by Andi Robertson on 12/30/2015 at 8:02 AM

Re: “MMJ Opinion: A Call to Action

Not a word about what is best for the patients. AZ has turned this program into a "cash cow".
No control or regulation over inspection and certification of product purchased. That is like the FDA saying , here take this medicine. I don't know what is in it, but just take it.
How does that serve patients? Get a grip AZ. Control this program. Regulate and certify all products for sell under this program.
For those that advocate full legalization, what criteria will be used for conviction of DUI.
What will be an honest tax for this. Not 24% like Colorado.
Think about it Arizona.

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Posted by Daveh234 on 11/26/2015 at 4:17 PM

Re: “MMJ Opinion: A Call to Action

If anyone really has an interest in this take a moment and watch SAFER AZ They like Ralph Nader are grassroots consumer advocates.
They too want a Department of Marijuana which I am against. It is not that unique of a material that it would require overlapping long established State Departments of Agriculture,Commerce, Health Welfare, Revenue, Enforcement, Prosecution, Licensing, Educational properties though the University system.

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Posted by Carpet Baggers on 11/26/2015 at 12:49 PM

Re: “MMJ Opinion: A Call to Action

It seems that so Much has changed in culture in acceptance. In religion we see Pope Francis doing the unheard of washing the feet of a teenage girl in juvenile detention for Easter instead of the Bishops that has been the way in the past. To purge out the establish practice that allowed for abuse and concealment to the best of his ability truely a different time we are in. There are still opponents in the Vatican that oppose the action of Pope Francis. He has let them defend themselves and their actions as they dwindle in numbers. Pope Francis understands it is the populace that make the faith and power to the church not the the Church itself. Detroit has a majority Muslim City Council and the established constabulary is worried about that.

So now we are approaching legalizing Marijuana or the delusion of legalization. We are going to be ask and conjoiled into a panacea of freedom to partake. We all know really that in a short time there will be a regimented therapy for giving Marijuana in a medical setting. This will not include any kind of smoke therapy it will all be FDA certified growers and labs and processing under the rule of pharmacology standards. It will be an oil edible vaped some vehicle of consumable that controls amount and duration of effect. This will be way out of the a realm of a Marijuana dispensary and right into a Pharmacy. Leaving the Dispensaries a recreational and unconventional medical market. When the federal government forces the DEA to change the schedule rating it is a different story.

So we are being ask to change the constitution of the State of Arizona to allow for the formation of a" Department of Marijuana". This is being billed as progress where if your read the proposition the populace is giving up so much for the establishment of the CHURCH the " Department of Marijuana" that will have no oversight on rule making and be immune from it till 2022. Basically setting the distribution and retail of marijuana collecting taxes to control markets prices distribution. this is a constitutional amendment it cant be redone easily and little judicial or legislative oversight till 2022 and then it will have to go to review. Lets talk about the the interests that are funding the movement the PVI (police and vested interests) they are a financial minority telling us they are defending the populace we just don't know how yet as they have done such a fantastic job in the past lets just keep it going huh.

This will mostly be border states countries illegal and legal competition for the marijuana dollar and building a constabulary to enforce the arbitrary regulatory laws that will be in conflict of intrastate regulations 14th amendment of equal protection when collecting a tax dollar the product that paid that tax and be denied use in a municipality basis. All of the monies collected will go to protect a select few a Oligarchy

While so much has changed has it really do you see the truth here I guess some things never change

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Posted by Carpet Baggers on 11/26/2015 at 12:07 PM

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