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Re: “Marijuana Legalization Group Submits Initiative to Secretary of State's Office with More Than 250K Signatures

It's time for us, the majority of The People to take back control of our national marijuana policy. By voting OUT of office any and all politicians who very publicly and vocally admit to having an anti-marijuana, prohibitionist agenda! Time to vote'em all OUT of office. Period. Plain and simple.

Politicians who continue to demonize Marijuana, Corrupt Law Enforcement Officials who prefer to ruin peoples lives over Marijuana possession rather than solve real crimes who fund their departments toys and salaries with monies acquired through Marijuana home raids, seizures and forfeitures, and so-called "Addiction Specialists" who make their income off of the judicial misfortunes of our citizens who choose marijuana, - Your actions go against The Will of The People and Your Days In Office Are Numbered! Find new careers before you don't have one.

The People have spoken! Get on-board with Marijuana Legalization Nationwide, or be left behind and find new careers. Your choice.

Legalize Nationwide!

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Posted by Brian Kelly on 07/01/2016 at 11:34 AM

Re: “Marijuana Legalization Group Submits Initiative to Secretary of State's Office with More Than 250K Signatures

Marijuana consumers deserve and demand equal rights and protections under our laws that are currently afforded to the drinkers of far more dangerous and deadly, yet perfectly legal, widely accepted, endlessly advertised and glorified as an All American pastime, booze.

Plain and simple!

Legalize Marijuana Nationwide!

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Posted by Brian Kelly on 07/01/2016 at 11:33 AM

Re: “Marijuana Legalization Group Submits Initiative to Secretary of State's Office with More Than 250K Signatures

So Tucson has finally found it's economic niche. Drugs for users. How pitiful. Write off more companies moving here.

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Posted by David W on 07/01/2016 at 11:26 AM

Re: “"Raise Taxes on Corporations and the Wealthy." Hillary said It. Arizona Democrats, You Can Say It Too.

Great interview where Wright identifies his heroes. Note the crddit Johnny Carson gets for all these comedians, (and he invited all of them) , getting noticed on his show.

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Posted by Rat T on 07/01/2016 at 11:24 AM

Re: “Diane Douglas on Testing and the Classrooms First Initiative Council

Let's consider the broader context, shall we, David? As one of the commenters on that article pointed out, you have a vested interest in defending the point of view that Douglas, though she may be ludicrous and a good person for you to mock, condescend to, and make fun of, is actually harmless. Why is that? Because you were one of the people involved with outing Huppenthal's online commenting habits and getting him booted out of office. So the paragraph you quoted, while it may sound tolerant of Douglas, is actually defensive of your own actions, which some who didn't like Douglas's anti-common core agenda might have regarded as disastrous: get rid of Huppenthal so you can get Garcia in, then Garcia fails to win and we get a Tea Party activist instead.

Is your language about Douglas "misogynist"? It reads that way to me. I don't think terms associated with naughty, self-indulgent children and / or freaks in a carnival side-show are appropriate for describing our State Superintendent of Education, whether or not you happen to agree with her agenda politically or think she is using the best techniques to achieve it. To me, she looks like someone who is actually, according to her beliefs, not all of which I share, trying to do what she thinks is best for children in our public schools. I prefer her attempts to criticize and resist the corporate reform agenda to the ongoing disgusting capitulation and collaboration of you and your friends in TUSD. Is TUSD governance and admin being properly "effective" and "mature" in your eyes, as they outsource subs, pick fights with the deseg authority, drastically inflate fees paid to deseg lawyers, give deseg taxes back to taxpayers, implement abusive testing policies, overpay their CEO, and, according to some, deliberately misrepresent student and teacher attrition rates and the degree to which the goals they are allowed to set for themselves have actually been met?

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Posted by On the left? Really? on 07/01/2016 at 11:18 AM

Re: “Marijuana Legalization Group Submits Initiative to Secretary of State's Office with More Than 250K Signatures

Don Berry and any other of the opinion that this is a start.
This is not a change to the LAW!!!! get it !!!!!!!!!! this is a plea agreement to break the law. Protection of the market that is all.

We can and will do better this is like the first pencil that a car salesman gives you. Yea it is not perfect we can do better in 2018 but it will be much easier if you dont have 400 million already sitting in AZDHS bank waiting to work against the people that put it in there.

This is nothing more than allowing a retailer to promote the use collect taxes and imprison for non-compliance.

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Posted by Carpet Baggers on 07/01/2016 at 10:48 AM

Re: “MMJ Notes

This is another reason NOT to vote for CRMLA.

The dispensary want to build themselves a prosecutorial enforcement market that only a few participate. Limit growing license. distribution allow for any governing agency enact their own ordinances on top of the existing 13-3401 which than are not allowed to do now.

So now those agricultural inspection stations that were once manned on the stateline. They can reopen ask do you have any fruits and vegetables or marijuana of any kind. Not only that they can charge the BS, DEPT.of Marijuana License and Controls. for the cost of enforcement. There will be so many state agencies start billing this the AG dept. the other police depts for services done.There goes the tickle for education.

This new agency will price fix, will prosecute, will write rules, will bank, will license, will set standards that are just germain to the market of AZ.

Not a damn thing is written into their initiative for the medical aspects of this agency just a wait and see. The powers that be in the ADA say it is to early to write that we need more informative to make a responsible mission statement. So the AZ voter needs more information on this mission statement.

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Posted by Carpet Baggers on 07/01/2016 at 10:35 AM

Re: “"Raise Taxes on Corporations and the Wealthy." Hillary said It. Arizona Democrats, You Can Say It Too.

You're welcome 13. I'm happy to oblige. I'm glad that something as petty as opposite political views doesn't keep us from having good taste in entertainment. Until next time. DC

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Posted by AZ/DC! on 07/01/2016 at 10:10 AM

Re: “Not Your Mama's Safety Pin: How a Household Item Can Change a Life

Now I'm confused. Can you guys sort this out?

I'm a little busy.

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Posted by Whatsgoingonwiththis? on 07/01/2016 at 10:08 AM

Re: “Diane Douglas on Testing and the Classrooms First Initiative Council

And more's the pity, Dr. Stegeman. Is the quality of your teaching at the University of Arizona assessed by corporate designed standardized tests? If not, why not? If not, from what source are you getting your information about what relationship what students do on standardized tests may bear to the quality of your teaching or the quality of the University of Arizona's administration? Does the University of Arizona have admissions standards, or is it required by law to enroll all applicants, no matter what their GPAs and standardized test scores prior to enrollment may be? What do you know, from direct experience, about the challenges of teaching non-selective student populations may be? What do you know, for that matter, about teaching and / or administering K-12? Do you have a degree in education? Child development? Public administration? Experience teaching at any level other than collegiate? Are you a parent? Have you interacted with public schools from the position of someone advocating for the best interests of a child and / or children enrolled in these schools? Do tell.

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Posted by Questions for Stegeman on 07/01/2016 at 10:08 AM

Re: “Diane Douglas on Testing and the Classrooms First Initiative Council

To RE Safier's articles on Douglas and Testing. Your comments about the language I used about Douglas' "antics" are reasonable. But I think it makes sense to look at the entire paragraph they came from.

"Ed Supe Diane Douglas' antics, mainly directed at the state school board, have been the main source of jibes and jokes in the media. She's a novice who says and does silly stuff in her pursuit of her education agenda, throwing tantrums, suing the board and seeing if she can win by taking her marbles, or her websites, and going home. That all makes for easy, eye-rolling commentary. It also makes people forget that, since she took office, Douglas has made some of the most sensible statements about education coming from a Republican in a long time, including a school funding plan that's head-and-shoulders above any other AZ Republican proposal I've heard, maybe ever. Much as people like to say she's harming our schools, so far as I can tell, she isn't. Maybe she will in the future, it's certainly possible, but not yet. She's gumming up the privatization works a bit and giving the state board fits, but I haven't seen how it has hurt kids in a way that's comparable to, say, the legislative cuts to education which have been going on for years or Huppenthal's vendetta against TUSD's Mexican American Studies program."

After looking at the whole paragraph, if readers think my overall tone is misogynistic, that's fine. I just wanted to put the earlier passage in context. Here's the link to the entire post.…

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Posted by David Safier on 07/01/2016 at 10:02 AM

Re: “Apparently These People Think It's a Good Idea to Bring Dolphins to Arizona for Entertainment Purposes

I thought they weren't doing this after all the backlash from Blackfish?

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Posted by Leanna Levine on 07/01/2016 at 9:55 AM

Re: “"Raise Taxes on Corporations and the Wealthy." Hillary said It. Arizona Democrats, You Can Say It Too.

I guess you found something else we have in common. We both love stand up comedy and we both know Carlin ruled. I was still in High School when I first started watching him. My mom turned me on to him. He used to appear on some late afternoon variety show. After watching him 2 or 3 times he vanished. I remember he was a clean cut young man in a suit and tie, clean shaven and neatly barbered. About a year later my mom said she spotted In the T.V. Guide that Carlin would be on Johnny Carson tonite. When Carson introduced him, I couldn't believe it. Bell bottom jeans, blue denim shirt, a full Gerry Garcia beard and hair down to his shoulders. Not to mention to the trained eye he was zonked but good. I spotted it right away. Takes one to know one, I guess. My mom asked what the Hell happened to him? I explained it was simple. It seems Mr. Carlin has discovered the joys of cannabis. I didn't add just like her son. He mixed great comedy with stoner humor. Al Sleet the hippie dippie weatherman comes to mind.
I really appreciate you finding those sites for me. I think I found a way to save a lot of typing ( which I suck at ) Google YouTube. Type in George Carlin in the search spot. Bingo. There are dozens of Carlin skits on it. Try it. I know what I'll be doing all day.
Thanks for all the help.

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Posted by CW13 on 07/01/2016 at 9:54 AM

Re: “Marijuana Legalization Group Submits Initiative to Secretary of State's Office with More Than 250K Signatures

What this is is a "PLEA BARGAIN" to commit a limited crime. The rules on regulations have not been written. Just like the 25 mile regulation thats was written after the fact. Then it went to administrative review.Then to a challenge to a "Administrative Court" who said yea they can write a rule. This is the marketing ugly that will rip your family and community apart keeping you high.

Just how is it that a Department of Marijuana license and controls will oversee how money is spent on schools ? This board made up from career administrators that will build a department inline with administrative law. What that means is years upon years, upon years, of legal battles. Validating their own bank, immune from price fixing, investigation, following administering the medical aspects. Only to ask if administrative rules were not followed. Then given a chance to amend the rules.

This is pure bullshit. what this BS agency want is the hundreds of millions. Yea that is right hundreds upon hundreds of million of dollars sitting in the AZDHS MMJ accounts. This monies would automatically be transferred into a new agency without any stated rules. (really what a freaking stupid idea)

Montana one of the first states to allow medical marijuana. This state saw the ugly marketing. By popular vote Montana repealed the MMJ because of abuses just like this. Collaboration between market forces and prosecution for promotion of market while imprisoning those poor infirm, mentally and physically challenged and the small neighborhood forced that supplied them. This caused such a huge cost not sustainable. So now Montana MMJ allows for a grower to have 3 patients and grow for them it allows for them to charge and be compensated. 600 licenses and growing huge amount of applications. This is MMJ Patient to qualified grower. And growers can trade weigh for weight for different carbinols.

A just like Human Bean said an ounce trim what. So if you had a handful of stems that you thought you make butter with. You are over the 1 ounce legal limit on top of that you have a cookie sheet that you decarboxylated the stems. On top of that you have a pot with butter in and you use the cookie sheet to make brownies. cut up the brownies and put them in cellophane. You would now have 3 additional felonies on top of the 1 ounce limit manufacturing distribution (individually wrapped). This is what CRMLA promoting the medically needs the dependent the daily user goes under the buss while it become a good investment because the market is politically and police protected.

This is the emperor has no clothes, or a trojan horse, the check is in the mail.

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Posted by Carpet Baggers on 07/01/2016 at 9:53 AM

Re: “Diane Douglas on Testing and the Classrooms First Initiative Council

Do we really need a test to find out which kids can;t read, write or add? The teachers already know. They just didn't tell anybody.

Keep your laws off my brain. I can hear it now.

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Posted by Hi IQ How are you? on 07/01/2016 at 9:49 AM

Re: “Not Your Mama's Safety Pin: How a Household Item Can Change a Life

Hey Rj Fletcher! Happy Friday bud! Im not sure if you're referring to ME, the author of the article, or the pwrson who commented just before you, "Bye and Good Riddance Rosa". If you're referring to ME, puedo hablar, escribir, y leer Español perfectamente. Nunca voy a decir 'Adios, Rosa'. NUNCA.

However, if you're talking to the previous commenter, carry on. Either way, HAPPY FRIDAY! <3

In Tucson heat and love,

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Posted by Adiba Segal on 07/01/2016 at 9:17 AM

Re: “Diane Douglas on Testing and the Classrooms First Initiative Council

Douglas: "[Standardized] testing was never intended to be an assessment of a teacher, a school or a district." Never? For at least the last 15 years (the advent of No Child Left Behind) that is exactly what much standardized testing was meant to be.

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Posted by Mark Stegeman on 07/01/2016 at 8:34 AM

Re: “Marijuana Legalization Group Submits Initiative to Secretary of State's Office with More Than 250K Signatures

Vote for this. It isn't perfect, but over time, these imperfect laws will evolve to something closer to a truly fair policy. It would be crazy to continue prohibition just because this initiative isn't exactly what we'd like.

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Posted by Don Berry on 07/01/2016 at 8:08 AM

Re: “Diane Douglas on Testing and the Classrooms First Initiative Council

A note on light turnout for latest Listening Tour - I was eager to attend the first round. I said my piece when she stopped in my rural area. Then I waited and watched for the sharing of the totality of information. needs and opinions gathered on this round. I never found that analysis, only her plan. So when I had the opportunity this week, I didn't bother to go. Ms. Douglas did spend three days at the Leading Change conference in Tucson this week, listening to Ruby Payne, Anthony Muhammad and Jonathan Plucker on the theme of equity/access. Now I'm hoping that will carry over to policies and funding that make positive impacts for rural education - not more robbing public schools to further support selective charters and ineffective online schools that typically waste student learning time for a stretch and then return them to the local school even further behind than when they started their online hiatus. And I must keep stressing the inequity of allowing charter schools to discriminate against students with special needs. In our town, lone charter (a family affair) instantaneously has a waiting list for the grade a student with disabilities would like to enter. Magic!

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Posted by grannydebs on 07/01/2016 at 7:49 AM

Re: “Not Your Mama's Safety Pin: How a Household Item Can Change a Life

I think the author of the post above needs to go. Anyone too stupid and cowardly to learn enough Spanish to tell Rosa to go home to her face is exactly the kind of person who needs to be deported.

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Posted by RJFletcher on 07/01/2016 at 7:12 AM

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