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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: Medical MJ

Re: “Cannabis Campaigns

IC69hunter; this legislative process is where graft and useless regulatory boards start and are birthed. These cant be undone like sb1494 is now set in stone a direct tax and funding source. Virtually nothing of community good will come of this but funding to see what needs to be done and tax to do it. Oh yes those owning exclusive license to sell and tax will become rich as the money goes out of Arizona like always paying off civil servants to get the gold.

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Posted by Carpet Baggers on 01/17/2020 at 7:13 AM

Re: “Cannabis Campaigns

Where can I go to sign the petition..???

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Posted by danwashuk on 01/16/2020 at 7:54 AM

Re: “Cannabis Campaigns

I prefer the legislative route, as citizen's initiatives cannot be fixed. And all laws, whether created by the legislature, or by initiative, have flaws and/or unintended consequences.

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Posted by lc69hunter on 01/16/2020 at 7:46 AM

Re: “The Year in Weed

Facebook watching recreational Marijuana roll out in IL limited supply high prices 3 gm of shatter $220.00 with applied taxes. Watching "Safer Arizona" webcast Arizona could easily hit 43% and with new cost of testing etc. I would wager AZ prices will triple by today's cost by end of the year.

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Posted by Carpet Baggers on 01/02/2020 at 5:42 PM

Re: “The Year in Weed

With out the MORE act by congress outside state and foreign investors would not be able to exploit low wage, right to work state incentives. It would be hard to move those millions out of state into others banks accounts. Arizonans are being ripped with sb1494

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Posted by Robert Ruckman on 12/27/2019 at 9:02 AM

Re: “High Holidays

I have a huge question that needs explanation. Why are we the patient paying wages and benefits to the governmental services to over see the marijuana production and distribution.
When the people in the industry dont see a dime. I would love to see a union or representative system that gives medical and benefits to workers in the industry. Just does not seem justifiable does it. This monies collected goes to police equipment and training as opposed to children and workers medical benefits. And your democrat representative supports that inequality with SB1494

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Posted by Carpet Baggers on 11/30/2019 at 7:43 AM

Re: “Natural Remedies

Great information!

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Posted by Leila on 11/21/2019 at 8:16 AM

Re: “Natural Remedies

So the buzz word for today's cannabis is to be tied here and forever with alternative medicine. I will not say that they dont work, when coupled with the ying &yang of the human social economic cultural make up that is a variable of skepticism.

This is the future of cannabis in Arizona. If handled like alcohol which is not present in conference funding for such questionable therapies would diminish. Marijuana/Cannabis had has to stand on it's own merit so should these other therapies. When constantly tied to these other therapies the cost burden enforcement administration distribution will be 100% on the back of the Marijuana consumer I dont agree with this.

With maintaining a constant cloud of mental unreliability associated Cannabis. This builds fear resentment ostracization among the general populace. Then to fund this quagmire SB1494 which is the administrative platform of prop205. Is paying tribute to unneeded protections setting up a crop insurance fund like the dept of AGdept does for farmers and for out of state producers no less. The Arizona patient will be exploited to the extend of funding these programs keeping an underground market that will never be controlled and why would they want to lose all that funding.

Put Marijuana under the Alcohol & Tobacco where it belongs I dont wont support "Safer Arizona" I will take the other platform "The Arizona Cannabis Chamber of Commerce" repeals SB1494

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Posted by Carpet Baggers on 11/21/2019 at 5:45 AM

Re: “Market Forces

Whom was selected as director and the 12 person board what was the selection process tenure replacement.
If this new regulatory extortion for public exposure of control. The schedules meeting and notes taken and attendees.
Why are we using exclusively California's studies when Washington State Wilson college on addictive health has years more time and study in the field of addiction and regulation starting back to prohibition includes marijuana addiction.
It appears to me California monies are gobbling up Arizona's marijuana industry for their own profit and gain. I have not doubt all the research and reference on marijuana are that that has been paid for and given with quasi peer review.
This is the obscene part all this documentation will be accepted and not looked at critically.
The Extortion board will take information on a gift clause there is another stinker in the pile the gift why would any huge profit making product that marijuana has become why would it need GIFT'S but to hide and defer monies

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Posted by Carpet Baggers on 11/14/2019 at 6:12 AM

Re: “Yes We Cannabis

Best of fortune with your endeavor I hope success in so many ways.

I do have this mental quandary on addiction. I have been a medical patient since the beginning 2010 I have a dual need. I used since the 60's stopped or rarely for 20 years diabetes related complications started using as a therapy with great results.

It is so much different today, lots of marketing, lots of monies, lots of laws, lots of regulations, lots of boards, lots of enforcement, all say they have the solution. I am still having how these (have it all's) built the problem to solve it.

Why is addiction of the abused illegal drugs the only focus on the marijuana monies? Is that thinking like opening the barn doors and only losing half the stock? This line of thinking only follows the failed drug war with putting stupid to solve stupid and paying big bucks to do it in so many ways the cost is seen when lost.

The most tragedy and deaths in my family both drug and alcohol, when one is not available the other is. Alcohol has killed more in my family over the years and caused more tragedy.

For myself I would no more want to be grouped with opium addicts and I would alcoholics when I am neither. I do understand that I am addicted to marijuana to keep moving after years of physical abuse to body exacerbated by complication of being a down winder.

So if I am an addict I am not an associated addict of one thing or another. I resent that the focus is on opium then associating so much of marijuana to opium. The extreme restricting of pain killers and reining by the DEA on pill mills the powers that be (immoral) figure widening the variety of product with help throttle use and pay for it's in advance. This logic in my view is the definition of obscene when leaving out the biggest abusing product of abuse and addiction.

This is my biggest in the separation of MMJ and alcohol. If your going to legalize open fair trade market keep the legal in the "Alcohol and Tobacco and Marijuana Board" the medical stays with where it began with the AZDHS. Addiction is a community social problem not an associated by addiction problem talk about separation profiling social ostracization. No body wants to open the Pandora's box of sexual and gambling addiction just look at the profits there and the devastation. SB1494 here we come more money more profiling more associated to be regulated so more problems to solve

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Posted by Carpet Baggers on 10/25/2019 at 7:50 AM

Re: “Seeds of Conflict

Arizona has the worst rate for retention of ex employees of any state. The rehiring of retired any civil servant is simply stupid.

There is no company military or working government that does not replenish it's labor pool with young bright and given opportunity for advancement.

This is not the case in Arizona every retired educator police practitioner prosecutor will be clamoring for billing rights to MMJ monies. I would say we need young and growth so limit no civil servant retirees will be hired contracted consulted to be used by MMj monies invest in the future and the young.

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Posted by Carpet Baggers on 10/18/2019 at 12:58 AM

Re: “Seeds of Conflict

New Mexico legalized by legislature. Exclusive grow and license permits but recommends and support community smoke lounges. If a community which is allowed to restrict use and sale then it will be excluded in the distribution of the tax revenues from Marijuana.

I read it as a way to combat the extreme alcohol related issues that plague the state. Tax revenues are given to primary education.

Illinois made anything under convictions 200 grams or under automatically expunged. Illinois does not use marijuana and the harshness of penalties to force plea bargains on other offences. Pima county has the highest of plea's per charge of any prosecutors office. Good Bye LaWall

SB1494 already is setting up the division in the department of Health Services. Ducey will give a constant unregulated funding source through this department.

Producer buy of bad products like USDA crop insurance paid by the user. Producers that ship to other states will be paid for testing and bad product reimbursement by this slush fund being set up.

Storage of product to keep highest product cost or donation of product and write off to be destroyed to keep highest cost.
No accounting of gift donations uses or contributors or cap.
This bogus board of billing bafoons want to divert monies for addiction while turning it's back on the most addictive products sold alcohol and tobacco. Want to give 40% to police for training and education now there's a fleecing " I was being educated on how to train"

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Posted by Carpet Baggers on 10/18/2019 at 12:37 AM

Re: “Seeds of Conflict

It may be better for the legislature to do this, but they won't. I believe that only in Illinois did a legislature step forward; the others were done by initiative. Heck, the AZ Legislature couldn't even ban cockfighting.

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Posted by Jamie Massey on 10/17/2019 at 8:12 AM

Re: “Seeds of Conflict

All laws, whether by legislation, or initiative, have unintended consequences, and need tweaking. The problem with a citizen's initiative such as this, is that it, for the most, would be unfixable by the legislature.
IMHO, this is something that should be done by legislation rather than by initiative.

I have no skin in this game, however, because as a CCP holder, I am forbidden the use.

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Posted by lc69hunter on 10/17/2019 at 7:44 AM

Re: “Cannabis on Campus

I dont think this won over anyone that was on the fence.

It is well financed well produced nothing on the travesty in the social realm of the loss of public will. I feel all attending had a funding hope.

We seen in the Clinton/Biden years the roll out of Oxycontin fentenyal as a cheaper more effective pain relief. The chemist that synthesized fentenyal 50 years ago DR. Paul Janssen in Austria. Dr Janesson even talked about how a governing entity could control the drug addict population by it's market throttling and administration. (Here we go again)

Along with this thoughts of governance by administration, there had to be enforcement manufacture supply distribution. To make all this happen required needed analytical peer review when completed. Establishment of a control board to compile all data collected then maintain it will be done correctly.

In the US we have the FDA USDA AMA DEA DOJ ICE FBI CIA CZAR IRS and countless others, how's that works for us? The Millennial's will be paying huge amounts of retirement social obligations for these fine patriots of the front lines in addiction control for years to come.

This governance has done such a stellar job we all have reaped the results of this pretentious self serving with economical debilitating way of social compliance.
To even more promote governance we can take all all property thought to be illegal on a civil law a switch to Napoleonic law where your guilty the charged have to prove innocence while all assets are taken away. Just look FBI arrested DPS officer out of Douglas last week 60 counts of money laundering. It is a racket pure and simple.

If one fails and become addicted it is in the governance purview to promote addiction to keep funding. The social constructionists such as the people promoting this symposium believe they can replicate the administration of addiction but do it right this time.

Gov Ducey has political debt so a direct unregulated State control board such as SB1494 the board is already in place solidified by the appointment of Montgomery to the supreme court. What this means is the marijuana patient will pay for all the social ill's brought on by the Clinton social programs. Montgomery animus and verbally bias views to marijuana is we have to control it or else.

Smart and Safe is just another layer of the same old repression economical isolation jack booted enforcement. I mean how is it that now a AZ licensed police officer can now test positive for cannabinol in the system from Hmmm CBD but a VEYO taking ACCESS patients to appoints cant?

Like the abbreviation means DOJ even on the state level Department of Just-us. Out of state foreign investors, price fixing, lack of revenue accounting as shown with the recent ADHS audit. Out of state and foreign governments investing setting standards and means siphon all profits to be allocated by some quasi board it's only concern is that the administrative process was followed not that the administrative was right in the first place.

BEWARE CHARLATAN ARE IN THE AIR it's called "Smart and Safe"

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Posted by Carpet Baggers on 10/03/2019 at 8:23 AM

Re: “Smoke Signals

Yes! Lets get it on the ballot for legalization again in AZ for 2020! Were behind the times here in red state AZ. Lets be a progressive state like Cali!

Posted by beachlover31 on 10/01/2019 at 5:24 AM

Re: “Mainstream Meds

CBD doesnt work. Its a bogus money making scheme. , We need the real stuff. We need marijuana for pain, glaucoma, treatment for persons undergoing cancer treatment and for various other disorders, over the counter. No drug reps involved. No more big corps for meds we need to live a happy life, Lets get current, in the 21st century Arizona reds. Put it on the ballot again and lets just do this thing. Were being left behind. And no one should have to be in jail for possession of marijuana; what a stick up the butt way to run a society. Any drinker who is against MJ is hypocritical.

Posted by beachlover31 on 10/01/2019 at 5:20 AM

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.

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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

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