activism, canvassing, medical marijuana, politics
touche Monsieur, touche!
"OLDEST DISPENSARY" REALLY???? These places have not even been open for a year. If they survive the year then patients will know what their options may be.
Okay, just when you were starting to write about things that matter then this! Its not a boring read that's for sure.
I read many of the reports on those busts that happened in WA on that day and it was a tax scheme with nothing to do with marijuana instead evading taxes and not securing a good distribution, other words "criminal activity" other drugs and all. Say what you want the recent raids in my mind are justified if they are not playing by the rules. We have State approved dispensaries in Arizona within less then 1000ft from a school. How long do you think they will last?
I for one am indeed anxious to see Arizona'a first book audit. Our regulating Agency who is suppose to oversea everything from production to final sale will have many voids to go through. Also the fact that I have not been given a single receipt for any purchase that I have made at a Tucson Dispensary should be a good indicator of what is going on. If the Dispensary owners are able to prove every single transaction is a non profit one, than the Department of Health Services are indeed in need of some servicing themselves. Any news when the ADHS will start on the folks here in AZ? Now that would be newsworthy indeed?
Yes! An effort to Legalize Marijuana is underway in Arizona. The air is filled with hope and a gulp of common sense that indeed the prohibition of marijuana needs to end. This is a monumental effort and since we are living in a Post “Citizen’s United” world we must understand what is at stake. I want to present some of the reasons why this should NOT be done in 2014 but yet wait and guarantee a victory in 2016 instead. The time and effort that goes into an endeavor such as this must be done by a full 24/7 campaign staff much like prop 203 was run. The amount of signatures needed in a State our size to be clear and easy if any issues were to arise would be around 300,000 for said initiative. In 2014 this seems grim. First it is an off season election. More than likely more nay votes would come out and vote against this initiative. It is the opinion of many professional politicians, that this will not pass and the consequences will be devastating for the whole cause.
Over half of the country wants marijuana legalized, but this process has to be done correctly in order to properly outlast the small minority that would oppose such an effort at all. In 2016 there are plans for this initiative and politically speaking it would stand a fighting chance. If Safer Arizona in fact collects the required amount of signatures in a timely fashion then most certainly more support would come out, but this seems not to be the case so far.
It's not no to legalization, it's waiting for the right timing and having the necessary funding and other professional support to pull it off. Big difference - one is simply impatience, the other, lying in wait, putting the pieces in place, and acting with purpose!
We need to be working on voter registration over the next 15 months. We need to get EVERYONE we know registered. That's the first step! If we can get some solid polling numbers, get support from national and start planting the seeds - the world has not come to an end with dispensaries - we could make some headway. In that way, we can WIN in 2016.
SO UNFAIR AND A REAL BLOW TO THE INTEGRITY OF THE MMJ PROGRAM! QUALIFIED APPLICANTS WHO WOULD HAVE BEEN READY, WILLING AND ABLE TO OPEN ARE FURTHER CUT OUT OF THE PROCESS BECAUSE THOSE WHO WERE AWARDED THE CERTIFICATES HAVE SQUANDERED THE OPPORTUNITY OVER THE PAST YEAR! THEY CONVENIENTLY CHOOSE TO BLAME THE WHITE MOUNTAIN CASE, WHEN THERE WAS NO RULING IN WHITE MOUNTAIN THAT PRECLUDED THEM FROM OPENING.
Funny cause they don't even live here.
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