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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: Medical MJ

Re: “To Pot or Not

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Posted by Rat T on 01/23/2015 at 4:40 PM

Re: “To Pot or Not

"Put down the dope do something constructive with your life"
Well 65 raised 4 kids all graduated college and moved to better employment climate. Paid all my taxes and mortgage lived in the same neighborhood for 38 years. Stricken with nerve problems and now an advocate for Medical Marijuana it availability it's quality, safety, education, understanding and study. How's that for something constructive since some are the one's with the scale to measure by...

I have been around so long it makes me very nervous to see this much time and money being spent on someone industry that just want to help.

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Posted by Carpet Bagger on 01/22/2015 at 3:38 PM

Re: “To Pot or Not

Put down the dope and do something constructive with your life.

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Posted by David W on 01/22/2015 at 9:04 AM

Re: “To Pot or Not

Colorado expected a windfall from MJ taxes. They made money, yes, but not nearly what they expected. Why? They made the tax rate too high. When the taxes make the cost of the legal product too high, people will continue to use their old dealer.

Greed rarely pays, whether in government or the private sector.

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Posted by lc69hunter on 01/22/2015 at 8:12 AM

Re: “To Pot or Not

I for one am completely against this proposed legislation. I will not support his bill or any candidate that votes for it. This is not freedom from governmental abuse but the formula for more and more and more. $50.00 an ounce TAX just where is this going to be collected at point of sale. If the tax can be raised and lowered at will by the ADHS depending on no table no barometer of cost or value I don't no like the distribution of revenue 10% for education how about 30% for study overseen by a University with at least 10 years established in peer review. If any copy write or intellectual properties come out of this is will belong to the citizens of the State of Arizona.

I do not see one thing in this proposed legislation that helps the Medical patient. I do not see standards put on ADHS on testing at the POS (point of sale) for smoke edibles and very VERY stiff fines and a bond of assurance filed after if product on shelf does not matched labeled percentages and since it is a consumable every piece of product need and has to be tested for accuracy.

I have read this new proposed legislation and for the user it gives away all the right of employment and representation that the current amendment 203 that is protecting the user today. They to scare the user by saying they are going to protect the possessor of 2 LBS or less for not having a felony only a misdemeanor WTF. What about the Medical user went gone here huh.

Lets look in the next 2 years between CO & WA things that don't get mentioned here. like the huge amounts of product that is sitting on shelves in both the decline and not even close to projected revenue collection as expected. Yes these fancy web pages writers paid for by Publicity agencies (attorneys) contributions to NORMAL and so forth. These are sheep in wolves clothing.

if This legislation goes I would propose a amendment that all product for sale has to go to a state clearing house and all dispensaries will have to buy product from them for standards and continuity of product. Anyone can grow whenever and wherever they proposed as long as security and environment are set they then need to sell all product to a clearing house. This will guarantee strain quality strength contaminants. No the appearance for impropriety and graft and manipulation is to much we need to go to a state clearing house. And for that matter I will give no support to the dispensaries for this kind of back handed Stalinist legislation.

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Posted by Carpet Baggers on 01/22/2015 at 7:30 AM

Re: “Good and Grown-Up

I'm a newbie buying & smoking again. Again means I bought many years ago illegally so to step into a store that sells and I buy legally is pretty fantastic!!

The dispensary is very large, ample parking and private. After being buzzed in, I open the door to a large waiting area. I show my DL & ID card to the receptionist. Then I'm directed to a door. The room is large with a counter that reaches one end to the other. Clean, very friendly helpful staff. I ask a lot of questions & I'm impressed with the answers & kindness I receivex­čśâ

Highly recommend and will be back again, again.

Posted by MoonlghtBeauty on 01/19/2015 at 12:18 PM

Re: “New MMJ Era

Clue the big Pharma/Tobacco are already here. They are the ones fronting and financing the legalization efforts. Leaving them to classify the marijuana test, inspect, copy write, study, insure, market, distribute, legal. Then it would be up to regulatory authority to police and license legalized marijuana anybody caught dealing illegally or growing at home for personal use would be guilty of tax evasion subject to seizure and forfeiture of all property with out prosecution or chance to appeal. Plenty of previous case history for that.

Now a case in federal court in Sacramento in the classification on Marijuana/Cannabis is ongoing. U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller went on a 5 day fact finding mission to Medical Dispensaries to rule if in the courts eyes it follows the guidelines as no viable medical properties. It is most likely she will rule that the law is unconstitutional and denies equal protection under the law for medical needs. The prosecution has promised to appeal if this goes to the 9th district court and they favor the lower court which could happen quickly. then this ruling would appeal to the whole western US. So all of these proposed legalization efforts is to get the market train rolling Pharma//Alcohol/Tobacco/Government/tax collection entities. Think about it remember it was the republican congress in June of last year that stopped all monies for federal prosecutors to stop raiding medical establishment in California. Be careful the Wolf is at the door in sheep's clothing

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Posted by carpet baggers on 01/12/2015 at 7:24 PM

Re: “New MMJ Era

Roadrunner lover - the stuff is still illegal under federal law. Frankly, I would have been VERY surprised if the VA took a different stance than the one you describe.

That's not to say that I agree with the DVA, or with the feds keeping marijuana on Schedule 1 generally. Unfortunately, Obama does not have the gonads to take the dramatic action that would be needed to move marijuana onto Schedule 2 - which is, of course, the only logical and rational thing to do.

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Posted by Jeffrey Patten on 01/08/2015 at 8:14 PM

Re: “Planning Progress

You can get capsules in different strengths at desert bloom releaf center.

Posted by Aari Ruben on 01/08/2015 at 7:33 PM

Re: “New MMJ Era

This is great and all, but unfortunately, the Southern VA still drug tests patients who take pain medication. If they test positive for marijuana, they take away their pain prescription - permanently.

The Southern VA management continues to make their own rules and policies.

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Posted by Roadrunner lover on 01/08/2015 at 3:44 PM

Re: “New MMJ Era

ohh no, they found a replacement for phamacutical drugs.. the big pharma companys are going to lose money, quick lets do whatever we can do to keep it illegal and surpressed !!!!!,,, after all we all know pharma companys are big political contributers !!!!

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Posted by jammerk65 on 01/08/2015 at 8:57 AM

Re: “Cannabis and cancer

Here are 34 studies with their links about the efficacy of cannabis in fighting cancer. The majority are from the NIH:…

Think of what we might know about it's medicinal effects if all those other studies weren't scrubbed from the Reagan/Bush era.

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Posted by Jack Tamali on 01/01/2015 at 1:13 PM

Re: “520 Cannabis Medical Marijuana

Disp,-Of course the dispensaries are paying butt loads of taxes.
Customer- Wait I thought the customer paid the taxes
Disp.- if we didn't have weed no tax would be collected duh get a life!
Customer- Where does this monies go? to the study use or understanding of cannabis.
AZDHS- Let me explain that first the monies are collected and deposited into the MMJ coffers then the legislature can take out of that when ever and what ever they want.
Customer- what is it used for
AZDHS- It lets us see how much revenue can be expected and oh yes we use the monies on Education, Roads, Unwed Mothers Day care, County courts, and general government obligations.
Customer- do you research train, test, inspect and if you do what for?
AZDHS- We leave that up to the pamphlet that you get when you register for a card. Research is not allowed by he federal government the classification is no viable use can come out of the plant. No Patient no registered medicine but what can come out is butt loads of revenue. Really!

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Posted by carpet bagger on 12/31/2014 at 10:38 AM

Re: “520 Cannabis Medical Marijuana

It's 420, not 520.

And good move by Colo. Dept. of Public Safety, use the tax $$$ from legal marijuana sales to do good.

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Posted by Dave in Cochise on 12/27/2014 at 7:00 AM

Re: “All about the cannabinoids

Since moving from Oregon to Nevada my health problems have been so much worse since not being able to get or have my medical herb. It sucks much. I've lost 50 lbs an feel I'm slowly dieing.

Posted by Christine Holocker-Krause on 12/22/2014 at 3:08 PM

Re: “Smashing the Stigma

We just watched a man choked, tackled and ultimately died for selling loosies in NYC. Cigs are so valuable because of the greedy govt tax on them.

Just like the IRS, govt hates competition.

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Posted by Rat T on 12/10/2014 at 10:07 AM

Re: “Smashing the Stigma

This is the way government has gone! We have policies derived strictly for income and nothing else Non-profit merely means the cost to dispense is all used up in operating costs. So why would a dispensary want to lower prices that would mean they had to come into line with other comparable business. Dispensary set themselves up entirely for income and Tax collection? Using the regulatory statutes that the citizens don't see or vote for to enforce with tax dollars their market. The whole idea of medical marijuana was to help those with debilitating ailments so now it is said then if you can afford the doctors and the state license then you can have some relief just as long as you pay the tax collector. I see the transient population growing as this is the way going for so many Americans. Ever since Kennedy by-partisan means nothing more than how the dollar is split and put the power of government behind collection. This is SAD a gravely ill society that rewards those that work in government will be taken care of at the expense of the sick and ailing. God Bless America

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Posted by bipartisian on 12/10/2014 at 7:06 AM

Re: “Smashing the Stigma

Blah, blah, blah. Why is it that people in the marijuana business (dispensary license) have to go to great lengths to explain why they are in the biz. Cannabis is benign, legal and does not ever cause any deaths by overdose. Get over it Tucson Weekly and stop with the endless stories about the pot stores being Mother Teresa in dispensing weed at a very high price. If patients could grow their own again (it's coming people) the cost of cannabis (now at 15-30 bucks per gram at the State licensed drug cartels) will go down to $3.00 a gram and that will be a good thing.

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Posted by Speaking Truth to Power on 11/19/2014 at 9:49 PM

Re: “Customer Concentration

Yawn ! I think I read his before for unpaid advertising

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Posted by carpet bagger on 10/16/2014 at 6:22 PM

Re: “Edibles on the Eastside

Reading these posts is laughable on Weedmaps they are the most expensive in town. I will not go to these people I just don't trust them. I have MS and can barely afford my medication as it is let alone these wolves in medical scrubs clothing. MMJ laws was passed for the medical needs of sick people now they will go under the bus for tax revenue and capitalism to enrich the few at the expense of the sick tired and weary.

It is really very simple Aid for families and children. simply put Welfare. The monies congress allocate to this 68% goes to administrative costs wages medical ins, all employment burden the government pays its employees, facilities buildings, furniture, vehicles, conferences. so to sum it up for every dollar congress allocates 32cents go the needy. So after a individual works 20 years in this quagmire they can collect a retirement check to not work any more. So with dollar cost averaging over a period of 20 years the total burden on the tax payer is not meet and the monies given to help has been of little benefit because to society as it taxes one while it enriches another. Thats what MMJ has become how much tax per pound is it worth.

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Posted by carpet bagger on 10/11/2014 at 8:27 AM

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