Rat nearly won my approval. Then I read his second sentence.
Wow! The power of American marketers is amazing. The whole time I read this article, all I could think of was the Charmin bears in place of the humans playing out this tawdry tale of toilet troubles.
If you want to understand what's gone wrong with Arizona you have to look at the state of the Democratic Party as well. Why can't they mobilize their base?
Read all of Safier's blogs about TUSD and all the comments on them for the last few years and you'll start to get the picture. It's one example of what happens when factions practicing quid-pro-quo machine politics become a powerful contingent in a particular regional branch of the party's operation. Public trust is destroyed.
An estimated $150,000,000,000 (BILLION) PER YEAR from recreational cannabis sales in America goes directly into the hands of crime cartels and gangs. Legalization will take this fortune away from drug lords and place it into the hands of legitimate responsible business. This plus another $10,000,000,000 (BILLION) is wasted on needless cannabis law enforcement and another $30,000,000,000 (BILLION) lost in potential tax revenue. BILLIONs down the toilet every year due to ridiculous cannabis prohibition laws that make no sense and destroy people's lives daily.
US CDC Figures on numbers of deaths per year in the USA:
* Prescription Drugs: 237,485 + 5,000 traffic fatalities
* Tobacco: 390,323
* Alcohol: 88,013 + 16,000 traffic fatalities
* Cocaine: 4,906
* Heroin: 3,365
* Aspirin: 466
* Acetaminophen (Tylenol): 179
* Marijuana: 0, no fatal toxic overdoses and almost no traffic problems
So, which is safer? Legalize cannabis NOW!!!
Please retire McCain. McSally has earned re-election.
Oh and I forgot Debbie. Debbie is the one who took the photo of the flowers. Debbie took almost one hundred beautiful photos around downtown Tucson. She is truly an artist and said that regardless of her circumstances, she looks for beauty in everything she sees.
Arizona is a state where the population has been dumbed down by so much by their crappy education system that they keep electing the same ideology that has created and perpetuated said crappy system.
They've been in power for decades........DON'T YOU THINK IF THEY KNEW HOW TO CREATE AN ADEQUATE EDUCATION SYSTEM, THEY WOULD HAVE DONE IT BY NOW?
Now, all you Arizonans (Great Red Necked Lemmings) go out and do what you always do......vote for the same ideology..........................they'll fix it this time.
Thank you Jennifer and the Tucson Weekly. I want to state that this project was totally funded by myself and any sales or donations made to the Project will go directly back to the photographers through the Carlos G. Figueroa Foundation. This was truly something I did in an attempt to empower a few of those living homeless on the streets of Tucson. Peter, Lonnie, Sharon, Staci, Pat, Blu, Chad, Jake, Pat and Tim are all an incredible group of human beings with their own set of struggles. I am proud to have been a part of each of their lives.
Tom, your article is an interesting take on the issue. I am thinking it might fail, because the "stoners" as you call them, will not vote for it for exactly the opposite reason. As you may be aware, there was another initiative being circulated, that was far less restrictive, but this one was funded very heavily by the medical marijuana clinics and growers, because it protects their investment by giving them a semi-monopoly on supply and distribution.
As for your demographic analysis, I am a CPA and was initially surprised at not only how many people asked if they could deduct their medical mj expenses, but who they were. Saddlebrook, Dove Mountain, Green Valley residents. And these people vote.
I would not put money on either side of this at this point.
The Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area reports cited by Ms Polk are deceptive, dishonest and acknowledge no positive effects from legalization. In reality, the benefits of a legal, regulated market are obvious, abundant and have been an unqualified success. Arizona can join in that success or remain in denial by continuing to favor an uncontrollable black market and making criminals of adults who prefer a safer alternative to alcohol or tobacco and are causing no harm to themselves or others.
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Wow. - The prohibitionists are addicted to criminalizing good citizens who prefer near harmless marijuana over addictive, very harmful alcohol. -- Such ugly bigotry.
Science and widespread experience have shown marijuana has no significant harms. -- Smart employers of the future will prefer their employees consume near harmless marijuana, rather than addictive, very harmful, violence inducing, traffic carnage fueling, hangover-producing alcohol.
End the fraudulent, federal, marijuana prohibition with two clicks!
Great write up, Nick
This so called "review" is a joke, right? I mean really, if you were a fan of the comics or the early 90s television cartoon then you would appreciate this movie instead of being confused. Was the story too hard for you to follow? You clearly have no knowledge of the cannon material the series is based off if you think that X3 was better than Apocalypse. Singer's return heralded a return to a truer x-men universe. I agree with the comment above, your opinion is completely irrelevant. Please do not review anymore movies.
Hillary for prison!
That in itself ought to make you question the accuracy and the angle.
We would be better off to eliminate the US Dept of Education, and split the money between the 50 states. Would that stop all this ridiculous bickering where NOTHING gets accomplished?
Lock her up!
Guess he keeps dishing these out because he gets Facebook likes from the uninformed, who read the blog, but not the "fine print" in the comments section.
For those who do read the fine print: Who does Safier think he's kidding when he criticizes DuVal for cooperating with Ducey? What did he think he himself was doing when he "held his nose and voted for 123" and kept blogging the misleading statement that the Prop would "restore" lost funding? Safier, like DuVal, was part of the team that got it passed. (And what would little Heliodoro have done is 123, didn't pass, David? He wouldn't have been able to use 30% of it to give piddling $700 raises to our underpaid teachers, causing all the recent outrage about failures of promise fulfillment. Then again, considering the negative PR fallout from that story in the months preceding the upcoming TUSD Board election, perhaps, for those who want the two members of the majority who approved that decision re-elected, it would have been better if 123 hadn't passed, though they promoted it assiduously and in many cases with dishonest and / or misleading propaganda.)
Sometimes I think Safier writes these blog posts just so his candidate friends can have "news" stories to link in their Facebook posts. Those who don't know that this is not real journalism can read the linked blog and get what they think is "independent verification" of what the politicians' Facebook posts say. We'll see how well this self-reinforcing closed feedback loop is working this election cycle come November.
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