Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Listen to Smart People Talk About Medicinal Marijuana

Posted By on Wed, Apr 27, 2011 at 11:00 AM

Oh, and I'll be there too, moderating the affair and trying to stay out of the way tonight:

In an effort to inform community members about the legalities and realities of Arizona’s recently passed medical marijuana law, the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona’s Southern Chapter will host a community forum on Wednesday, April 27th entitled Medical Marijuana: Making Proposition 203 Work.
“Prop 203 reflects the fact that the majority of Arizona voters support common-sense, responsible and compassionate drug policies, and we want to make sure people are fully informed of the government's process for implementing the law in a way that protects patients and respects confidentiality,” said Tod Zelickson, president of the ACLU of Arizona’s Southern Chapter.

The event, which will feature guest speakers from the Arizona Department of Health Services and various city and county agencies from Tucson and Pima County, will be from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27 at Pima College Downtown, Amethyst Room, Building CC, located at 1255 North Stone Avenue, in Tucson. For more information, contact Addy Bareiss at 602-773-6015 or The event is free and open to the public. For sign language interpretation, captioning, or other accommodations, please contact the ACLU of Arizona office at 602-650-1854, ext. 115. Providing 72 hours notice will help to ensure availability.

Dan Gibson, of the Tucson Weekly, will moderate the panel discussion, featuring these speakers: Tom Salow, Manager of the Office of Administrative Counsel and Rules, Arizona Department of Health Services; Mike Rankin, Tucson City Attorney; Amelia Cramer, Assistant Pima County Attorney; Richard Elias, Pima County Supervisor; and Andrew Myers, Arizona Medical Marijuana Project; and Karin Uhlich, Ward 3 City Council Member.

They will address statewide medical marijuana rules, covering everything from opening up a patient dispensary to obtaining a patient identification card. In addition, speakers will discuss misconceptions and realities about the law and efforts to ensure medical marijuana patients’ rights are protected. Panelists also will provide updates on several legislative proposals intended to curb medical marijuana patients’ rights, including H.B. 2541, which would make it easier for employers to fire medical marijuana patients, and H.B. 2585, which would add confidential medical marijuana patient data to the controlled substances prescription monitoring program.

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