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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: Medical MJ

Re: “High There!

I hope that there will be some education/knowledge available for those of us new to Medical Marijuana and trying to segue from anti-inflammatories and such to some dose of THC/CBD. Having to experiment (I was really cool one week) to make this happen is not great for a chronic condition.

Posted by MaryE2 on 08/21/2019 at 4:59 AM

Re: “R.I.P., J.M.

Thank God every writer since JM has been mentally stable enough to stick to the issues. RIP JM. Nobody misses your ramblings.

Posted by Beth B on 08/19/2019 at 11:00 AM

Re: “Dispensaries go digital

And now some dispensaries are adding a classroom yea a classroom to reimbursed by the MMJ monies as a learning center. Not a cent to go to education like this!

A community college that has cannabis courses available only can receive funds. I have been a user for years like most here. Going into a dispensary you see at times pretentious bud tender shoulders back and straight state there is sativa and then there is indica. That's about the extent, oh yea CBD myths no peer reviewed data on any CBD just testimonial from those that have money on the line. Pick up any literature at any dispensary and a ton of testimonials. Then you have self appointed advocates that want royalty rights to educational materials and bogus books which is bunk.

How many hands are out expecting a big payday.

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Posted by Carpet Baggers on 08/17/2019 at 11:51 AM

Re: “Dispensaries go digital

it is what they dont tell you no deliveries anymore rules for home grow will need to be ok'd by local governments incl homeowners association even if you own the home deed rights signed away. Oh yea read for yourself tied with SB1492 where Arizona will pay for out of state owned to be transported out of state product that fails.

If any legalization happens it needs to look at Arizona's marijuana like the land grant with the universities. All of the product belongs to the people of the state of Arizona first. This cant be sold transferred or negotiated away by regulations the legislature.

WE in Arizona can do what we want as there is not federal guidelines or legal precedent on Marijuana rules within the state.

The gift clause should cause concern that has a real nasty history and abuse to misuse. Simply put a California producer could ship to Arizona for testing in Yuma get paid for rejected product then turn the rest over for disposal as a gift.

read it for yourself this is it all 16 pages it does not say what the intention is with medical.

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Posted by Carpet Baggers on 08/13/2019 at 12:24 AM

Re: “Dispensaries go digital

1. Adults (21+) would be able to possess 1 ounce of marijuana with no more than 5 grams of it being marijuana concentrate (extract).
2. Limits home cultivation to 6 plants at an individuals primary residence and 12 plants at a residence where two or more individuals who are at least 21 years old reside at one time.
3. The Arizona Department of Health Services (DHS), which regulates the states existing medical marijuana program, would have to establish recreational marijuana rules on or before June 1, 2021.
4. A 16% excise tax would be placed on recreational marijuana products. Money from the excise tax would fund various state agencies and be dispersed between community college districts, police and fire departments, and the Highway User fund.
5. Marijuana use would remain illegal in public places (restaurants, parks, sidewalks, etc). Offenders are guilty of a petty offence.
6. No marijuana products could be sold that imitate brands marketed to children or look like humans, animals, insects, fruits, toys or cartoons.
7. Marijuana edibles will be limited to a maximum of 100mg of THC per package.
8. Employers have the right to maintain a drug- and alcohol-free workplace.
9. Driving, flying or boating impaired to even the slightest degree by marijuana would remain illegal (i.e., zero tolerance rule).
10. Marijuana testing facilities will test marijuana for harmful contaminants (i.e., pesticides, molds, etc).
11. Qualified early applicants (qualifications are currently undetermined) can apply for a recreational dispensary license with the DHS. Any remaining or additional licenses will be provided by random selection.
12. The DHS may issue a marijuana establishment license (recreational marijuana dispensary license) to no more than two recreational dispensaries per county that contains no medical marijuana dispensaries, or one recreational dispensary license per county that contains one medical marijuana dispensary (the DHS will accept applications from Jan 19, 2021 Mar 9, 2021).
13. On or before April 5, 2021, medical marijuana dispensaries will be able to sell recreational marijuana to adults until the DHS issues licenses for recreational dispensaries.
14. Medical marijuana dispensaries that obtain a recreational marijuana dispensary license(s) could operate both entities in the same/shared location.
15. Possessing more than one ounce but less than 2.5 ounces would be a petty offense. Minors caught with less than one ounce would receive up to a $100 fine and four hours of drug counseling for a first offense. A second offense would be up to a $100 fine and eight hours of drug counseling. A third offense would be a Class 1 misdemeanor.
16. Smoking in a public place would be a petty offense.
17. On or after Jan 1, 2023, the DHS can adopt rules to permit recreational marijuana deliveries.
18. Beginning on July 12, 2021, people convicted previously of possessing less than an ounce of marijuana or six or fewer plants or paraphernalia can petition to have the record expunged.

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Posted by Carpet Baggers on 08/13/2019 at 12:06 AM

Re: “Dispensaries go digital

Check this out the " Smart -and-Safe Initiative "

This is not good, a cap of 31% on state taxes, local taxes now and can be attached higher by counties. If the feds legalize and tax @ 30% to as to write off the now related business expenses and overhead that will be allowed a legal business associated with marijuana.
So in reality if the feds make legal we the patient the fighter for this will now have the opportunity of paying 60% total tax on marijuana.

If that is not bad enough a set amount goes to police and fire training equipment pensions that Ducey just made solvent. This has not done well for the citizenry or the police in the past all of this non-accountable expenditures as shown with the Pima county shifting monies to the Volunteer fund then siphoning off with no accounting. Deputies taking pleas and killings so are we just paying extortion? Do we want police administering drugs and collecting direct funding we have a representative government this stuff make a police state.

Not only that this want to pay out of state investors for failed product. Just wait till I get to the gift options and recording who those contributors.
this is not good

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Posted by Carpet Baggers on 08/11/2019 at 12:18 PM

Re: “Cannabis Campaign Competition

Consulted everyone a few patients that own vested interested Unions? BS really this mean a negotiated percentage or set amount going to different civil servants pension funds. What a chump this is a right to work state I will pay for the license for 10 people if
Cedar can show 1 nongovernmental union represents this.

This dispensary or the legislature both are trying to do self interest only. There is nothing here for the consumer DR Friese threw away the "hippocratic oath do no harm" by recommending the patient consult a physician every 2 years on addiction. Could it be a funding vehicle for counseling of addiction but leave out tobacco and alcohol ? That works for the profit so this addiction gives direct funding source to police, drug counseling, but not alcohol or does marijuana pay for it all.

At this point it is all a wait till we roll the proposition. A stall tactic as to not build opposition.
Arizona would be better off to let the legislature legalize and control before we turn over to Cura Leaf, Harvest, Terra Grow, etc etc. then it can be turned over by voter mandate.

This ADA which is California and it's wanting to have market control.

Arizona would be better off to set up a system like the land grant where it all belongs to the citizenry of Arizona. None of the dispensaries built this market it was done off the back of those erroneously prosecuted damaged for life. I was done by the patient that signed up and supported the initiative from the start. there is not one in mean not ONE dispensary who is in the red because of not enough business. The cry of we are not making anything is like check is in the mail.

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Posted by Carpet Baggers on 08/07/2019 at 5:45 PM

Re: “Cannabis Campaign Competition


Posted by truttman on 08/04/2019 at 2:03 PM

Re: “High There!

Cedar, what is going on between the owners of Downtown Dispensary and Prime Leaf? Thanks!

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Posted by alice on 08/04/2019 at 12:31 PM

Re: “Cannabis Campaign Competition

I am so tired of AZ Legislature rewriting initiatives to confuse voters...not enacting laws that voters put into place and interference with city/county laws and rules, particularly water and well use.

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Posted by MaryE2 on 08/02/2019 at 10:59 PM

Re: “High There!

Discussion of prohibition generally esp contextualized with America's Prohibition era and the lessons we can extrapolate and apply from that. Related, a history of Tucson's place within the marijuana community/economy, over the last one or two hundred years. Discussion of the classist limitations imposed by state law on marijuana entrepreneurship. Also things like: is there a marijuana craft community in Tucson, like there is for craft beer and spirits and coffee? Are there pop-up events for learning or sampling or otherwise exploring the marijuana space? What are some individuals' experience over time with marijuana in Tucson? What is the community consuming? What is it making?

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Posted by Corn on 08/01/2019 at 12:16 PM

Re: “High There!

Could you please find out why dispensaries in the area no longer carry ACDC flower, which is low THC and high CDB? In fact, you cannot find any high CDB and low THC flower here anymore. This is used for pain and anxiety, among other things, not for getting a buzz. Also, there is a shortage of pure Indica flower,like Granddaddy Purple which is used by people who cannot use hybrids or sativa due to anxiety or heart issues and are great for sleep. They were both around and easy to get here until a few months ago. What happened?

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Posted by Blinky on 07/31/2019 at 7:06 PM

Re: “High There!

Greg Hale;
Very true of profiteers on marijuana over the years. Least look at attorney's, police confiscation of property, aberrations of the legal system by civil servants on fee's. millions of monies going to fake education and studies on the perils of use. felonies that preclude civil service in one state not in another. New industries that rent lease contract to subvert the perils of loss like rent a home car bank account or like remediation.

Now the feds will lose billions in company write offs when legalized and the overhead cost can be deducted as operating expenses. That coupled with automation will take production down to less than .0027 gm in cost. More and more time means conflict between a legal business and creative legal maneuvers to subvert profits as it is not federally legal. (not in the public interests any of it)

Ducey is hawking legalization the government elitists want to corner the market under the guise it's for the kids and protections of quality of product. To build a separate department to handle this is incredulous and no doubt the director will be retired law enforcement handing out dollars. Like the the Sheriffs department seizure funds Radtke prosecuted and Gagnapin that was murdered over it. That had no accounting process in place for 20 years county Attorney is elected because right gender identity politics not oversight.. The director of marijuana will be a sub department within the AZDHS that hasn't done the job it was empowered to do in the first place. I have read the feeble excuses just a way to stall to get players in place.


The marijuana consumer now owns the market dont let this SB1494 steal this away by the producer supplier we dont need police supplying directing drug use, track record has shown time and time again this has not and does not work not the job of law enforcement or direct funding from.

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Posted by Carpet Baggers on 07/27/2019 at 10:03 AM

Re: “High There!

Cedar...You asked for suggestions for column topics. The base of prohibition goes back to dark money and influence by corporations like Hearst newspapers and Dupont in 1937. It continues today with "sponsors" like big pharma, private prisons, etc. legally bribing politicians to keep marijuana schedule I and highly illegal in many states. Although their numbers are shrinking each year....many in these states are still being sent to jail and prison for simple possession---while across a state line it is legal and sold freely. Talk about the politicians who "drink the Koolaid"served by lobbyists.

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Posted by Greg Hale on 07/25/2019 at 4:59 PM

Re: “High There!

It is so easy to list Nixon and his scheduling of marijuana to 1. Then to talk about the pharma industry and the pushing of opiates. This too was a republican plot is this the spin?

Lets look at more recently and creepy Joe. This was one of the most ardent put in prison for simple posession. Now creepy Joe say he has a plan for marijuana that does not include legalization. (gawd help us) While his son leaves coke in Polk country this elitists walks as Jones sit in prison for legally bought concentrate. This is the same guy that fought for Oxycotton to be prescribed for terminally ill. While at the same time hawking for civil seizure on posession of money allows for the government to steal your assets without a hearing.

We see Ducey hawing for decriminalization before a proposition for legalization makes it to the ballot. We see AZ state senators build a system where everyone gets paid at the patients expense. If a truly needy medical patient has need for a larger quality they are for fortunate to tax the need right out of their reach and back to the underground.

Cedar is the new cannabis writer for the weekly I hope all can benefit. Cedar uses cannabis as a relaxant for an end of the day is that his qualifying ailment tired ? Or did you perjure yourself with a false pain testament if so why even have a doctors approval.

I hope the medical marijuana community thinks about what is happening here. Some who might need a doctors advise on doses combined with other medications will only see his doctor every two years dont leave to a bud tender. Wait maybe I can go on line and watch some worn out old scab like myself talk about how marijuana suppositories help him sleep hardly a testament to therapy.

There is little if any difference between big pharma and big cannabis. One can go by any shopping and see CBD products at every turn. These were tested for contaminates and giving FDA approval long before this BS testing and license grab of SB 1494 came around.

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Posted by Carpet Baggers on 07/25/2019 at 11:27 AM

Re: “Test Case Scenario

200,000 patients need to consume an ounce a week for edibles and other renderings. The state needs more addicts for I-11 underfunded pensions and hire for retired police counseling education whom ever submits a bill to the director get inline now this will insure a viable and steady underground supply

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Posted by reality on 06/29/2019 at 2:06 PM

Re: “Test Case Scenario

legalize, test for edibles, make the director an elected position like mine safety.

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Posted by Carpet Baggers on 06/27/2019 at 6:08 AM

Re: “Smoke Screening

this article has ignored the effect that background contamination has. I submit that any soil existing in Arizona or anywhere else contains things like radiation, lead, cadmium, pesticides and insecticides used since the industrial revolution. Likely the levels are below levels as recommended by EPA, et al. Produce has been eaten from soil containing chemicals referenced in this article and life as we know it continues to exist. Retesting commercial pot is a waste of time and money. if you are a user and worried that you might not live forever, treat your own soil and grow your own product. Besides if you don't challenge your immune system, it's reliability can be compromised.

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Posted by laddderflappy on 06/25/2019 at 3:13 PM

Re: “Smoke Screening

I read this several times there is so many things wrong with this the testing for all edible products is a right way to go. However the guy selling infused taco sauce which many have hawked me on how do you dose with taco sauce total BS. I as patient paying for this or the cannagar 1 ounce of highly infuse THC wrapped in leaves then lite on fire yea a healthy smoke! blow it up somebody elses patuti.

This has organized crime written all over it another process of "TBD" by a director and all the fish to the chum.
Give retired police, master' of education that give us what we call education today, Fire and rescue to get paid for what they are already paid for then all is paid for.

Then clear to business anyway you want. Get them hooked raise the price control access to production abilities prosecute all that dont comply. Might as well be run by a corporate of Chinese control and market this is their style let you take as little as we have the whole

We dont need a solution to a problem that is never there. In California the problem with rolling out legalization and product control was producers.
Producers brought samples found to be contaminated so the producers sold it on the black market and gave it to employees for work compensation and so forth.
So the powers that be used this as an example for this travesty and fleecing.
Never has Arizona's underground market matched a single digit of California's marijuana production or market a false narrative with Arizona fake news and truth.

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Posted by Carpet Baggers on 06/20/2019 at 12:40 PM

Re: “Smoke Screening

Then their is the person that does not use pesticides does not grow in an artificial environment of soil or washing nutrients over roots in a hydro environment. This is where mold pesticides VOC bred and multiply.

This is what this new legislation protects at the detriment of affordability to the patient.

All of this new rules and administration is prop 205 in the back door and still no relief on the criminality of use and posession.

The 2 year rule on license is per and simple chump change of the chump stoner. And this is hat Friese and Handly negotiated this is what they think of us huh. I print the form from ADHS/mmj when I see my doctor 3 months I have my doctor fill it out sent it myself. cost is $150.00 last 3 years running I do this for my SNAP friends as well as others Then again we are using it as therapy not social political identity. like any government program is made to profit and then then cracks appear.

This does nothing for the dispensary, What it does is makes all Arizona patients responsible for all product.

Set's up a product BUY back for bad product like the USDA runs it's department of agriculture this is unbelievable.


better yet legalize in 2020 put this monster out in a barren pasture covered with the cleaning of the barn

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Posted by Carpet Baggers on 06/20/2019 at 11:13 AM

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