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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: Medical MJ

Re: “Candidates on Cannabis, Part 2

What else could we hope for right it's all here.

Clear direct support for whatever whenever what that means ?

Quasi board of 8 different existing state agencies all hammering out percentage of cut. Like the County Attorneys and the cut from TASC that goes to educate all druggies.

We can see the tack record there cut out methadone clinics there ability to stop dispensing the drug program is useless.

AHH we got lots of money from the Legislatures failure to act and the ATTY Gen is saying that money is yours just have to lobby the legislature. By he way a part time legislature and bogus committee assignments will insure installment before the 2020 election.

It is really sad and disheartening to see the intent of helping is turning out to be imprisoning labeling and systematically isolationism a huge population.

We see the US Senate on the 13th repeal the law that said the only place able to supply Marijuana/Cannabis/Hemp for FDA testing and approval of a medication Epidiolex.

This came from Mississippi poor quality extremely short supply. Since the FDA approved this drug Epidiolex. The DEA was forced by this republican congress to allow multiple growers to start supplying product for medical testing then possible supply chain.

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Posted by Carpet Baggers on 09/20/2018 at 8:09 AM

Re: “Baffling Bacteria

Hey guys, thanks for the sharp eye. I did miss a reference to mold about halfway down the story. The sentence should read: "On the other hand, some dispensaries' samples returned hardly any microbials at all."

No, mold and bacteria are not the same thing. In fact, that's the issue. The test conducted by C4 Labs was an aerobic plate count, which measures the number of colony-forming units of all microbials in a sample. Mold, yeast and bacteria are microbials. Throughout the story I referenced what was being tested for as "bacteria" as I felt that would be more familiar to readers without biology degrees than "microbials." Upon reflection, I probably should have just stuck with "microbials" as it's the more precise term.

Sorry for the confusion. I should have made it clearer in the story.

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Posted by Nick Meyers on 09/04/2018 at 1:41 PM

Re: “Baffling Bacteria

Mold is a eukaryotic micro-organism, a type of fungus, not a bacteria. The Weekly should be ashamed for publishing this.

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Posted by HumanBean on 09/02/2018 at 9:32 AM

Re: “Baffling Bacteria

The author seems to have conflated molds and bacteria; the two are vastly different forms of life, but the author appears to use the terms interchangeably. Which are we to be concerned about and more importantly why?

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Posted by CMD on 09/02/2018 at 6:33 AM

Re: “Fee Rein

It seems so egotist to think this AZDHS/MMJ legalization is a complete positive to the citizen and youth of Arizona. The mind set of I can get mine pay a tax educate the kids. Yea head is in a constant vapor of sativa.

Whats lost in getting a medical card is the right to sit on a jury and hear marijuana prosecuted cases. Black civil rights came from blacks not finding lost's of Blacks guilty. So any marijuana case that goes to trial automatic conviction. Getting a card guaranties marijuana convictions it's that simple. But hey I got my card he can get his what a putz view.

Lost is the anonymity of use much like alcohol tobacco gambling sex. NO getting a card says I am an addict which puts all kinds of limits on future education employment credit rating insurance etc etc. But hey I got my card they can get theirs putz view.

As it is now the legal distributed marijuana through dispensaries make some patients suppliers to others. I have seen it happen like adultery it happens, Like alcohol causes 60% of auto deaths and 80% domestic violence it happens. However those are diminishing because of ready supply that seems to be working.

We the patient such as myself need to realize we are in a holding pattern here. My 70 years of watching develop says, The hippie advocate with patchouli oil, tie dye, and dreads are not the advocates of the patients.

What will happen will be national standards across the board on recreational. All states that pass to legalize will comply medical will allow stronger but regiment prescribed no license needed

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Posted by Carpet baggers on 08/20/2018 at 8:22 AM

Re: “Fee Rein

"I will counsel and instruct all my grandchildren 15 and growing if you use. Then to obtain illegal if young the cost is to much." Huh?

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Posted by retrorv on 08/17/2018 at 2:47 PM

Re: “Fee Rein

Is it not time to face the reality of his beast we call Medical MMJ.

What government and civil servants are, is the industry leaders of 100+ years ago. Government sells a product, since few are the face government little changes but the picture on the wall name on the door.

What government needs like any industry is more revenue. Build this behemoth beast called MMJ control is a noose. Our state government is run by lobbyists that represent regulation controls. Business's love regulations as it helps keep market controlled and steady. Regulations limit competition maintain revenue make manageable governance easy. Having problems and general acceptance with government? Lets fly some flags talk about dirt get a new broom sweeps clean all is right.

We all know what is going to happen. National standards across the board. 10mg on edibles or prescribed amount and doses are written and that amount supplied only. All flower will become recreational ways to consume not considered. National standards of reciprocity from state to state driving thru Utah wont be a felony with 2 ounces.

So what in store for AZ. The industry of government wants to sell education on marijuana and addiction. Which will pay for facility counselors all new wont use existing. (dont want druggies around) Heck they might even leave a few lanes in to bowl a druggie league.

Other services will be contracted out counseling indigent services at site. All paid for by marijuana, tobacco, alcohol, sex, domestic violence, gambling, A one stop governmental help center what a Miracle right off the freeway a Mile away.

Government wants to sell us protection and enforcement of protections. Those include elimination of criminal in place of civil charges. Civil Courts with Administrative Courts need funding too the vehicle they use for collection is civil charges then the burden is or the charged or defendant. Of course this needs a enforcement side police.

This is all a bandage for bad calous governing in the first place

Any young person would be a fool to get a MMJ card. Loss of rights all over the board and getting a license is an attestment to recreational drug use a life long stigma for employment to loans. loss of right to have and keep firearm most likely forever. loss of right to sit on jury as well as a loss to jury of your peers. loss of legal counsel in mmj loss of right to legal recourse.

I will counsel and instruct all my grandchildren 15 and growing if you use. Then to obtain illegal if young the cost is to much. There is so many friends that can and will supply legal grown and taxes paid. Better off taking chances first time with a citation and counseling it will already be paid for. After all one of the biggest lobbies in AZ is the Alcohol, we dont want this to end up being run by the McCain machine do we ?

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Posted by Carpet Baggers on 08/16/2018 at 1:16 PM

Re: “Pot Profile

The shop where I get my edibles has a surprising number of well dressed seniors, who were never mentioned in this small study. If the government or anyone else were to do a long term study on pot, America's aging hippie generation would be the age group to focus on. And let's not forget a much younger generation, children. Specific Hemp oils are now being used for everything from learning disabilities to autism to Epilepsy.

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Posted by Sally Chandler on 08/09/2018 at 11:58 AM

Re: “DEA Delay

All of this is because of the funding that marijuana brings.

Just how much ? Of the seizure taxed enforced prosecuted incarcerated probation/paroled counseled promoted advertised legislated licensed educated, cost need to be collected and paid.
So the truly painful terminally and aged looking to get through the day afford to pay when thats gone. Then it's the showers and ovens no matter who what or color is in office all have brought to this point. All are responsible for the representation that is in office today, and mostly those have been NO ONE is innocent.

It's a matter of money, which show it's face by need of greed before love of neighbor. Like the free open land homestead that over plowed and the wind blew the soil away. Despair and extreme poverty grew out of that was John Steinbeck the Okie migration stories like the Grapes of Wrath and ministerial like Woody Guthrie.

Still we cant see for the anger of vengeful hate that is the blowing wind of today. I watch and listen for the direction then come to the understanding like a dust devil it blows in a circle dummy !

I hope all see for the clarity it is. the legal representation judicial and court system in Arizona does not work for the people but to keep the wind blowing. This needs to be addressed, when you cant retain counsel and the voter initiative is called a repressive action YEA.

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Posted by Carpet baggers on 08/03/2018 at 8:55 AM

Re: “Cannabis Bowl 2018

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Re: “Cannabis Bowl 2018

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Posted by Margaretann Torres on 07/26/2018 at 6:32 PM

Re: “Cannabis Bowl 2018

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Posted by chris arbizo on 07/23/2018 at 10:33 AM

Re: “SAFER gets Sunk

I travel to WA frequently with help online easy to access the recreational scene. for the last 3 years the most in a concentrate you can purchase is 10 mg. So to compare it would be like a big bag of Doritos there to equal the lunch bag size here where you can get 100mg small bag of chips. Or you wold have to drink a 12 pack of Dr Pepper there, here 1 can.

So with this is it any wonder that bombastic carnival advertising, aimed at recreational experimental experience is scary to a large part of the population ?
Is this what the person with an ailment needs to embrace?

I will be asking as a patient when I go to the doctor for a prescription to qualify I will ask for a detailed dosage application. It is in your better interest and after all you paying for it right. If your not paying for it it is working against you us and the effort.

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Posted by Carpet Baggers on 07/20/2018 at 9:08 AM

Re: “Appalling Appellate

You know, TW, you havent exactly helped matters.

The appellate court is basing its decision partly on MMJs potential for recreational use and abuse. I disagree with the courts decision, primarily because its so broad that CBD-based products, including topicals, will be banned, and those products are quite useful for patients. But the judges are looking at the AZ MJ market and seeing primarily recreational marketing. Based on this, they conclude that there is serious and extensive abuse.

Why is that?

Well, gee, maybe it has something to do with the fact that every time I open the TW I see huge, gaudy, over-the-top ads for Dr. Reeferalz and Desert Bloom and Botanica ad nauseam. I see ads featuring thunderclouds that spell out the words ONE LOVE and popsicles smoking joints and the colors of the Jamaican flag. I see MMJ advertised in ways that no other medical product is advertised, with ads for strains with names like Pablo Escobar.

In sum, I see a supposedly medical product being advertised as if it were purely recreational.

And your editorial content furthers this mentality. Remember when you guys published Shattered Statutes last week? You had boxes and sidebars reviewing MMJ products. You didnt talk about pain relief or relaxing muscle spasms or easing genuine psychological problems. You used language like it left us feeling chatty and went to our heads. Seriously? No wonder the appellate court thinks the medical side of medical marijuana is just BS.

Its time to shape up and start promoting these products in a way that genuinely sounds like youre serious about healthcare and medication. Ive never seen an ad for Tylenol or Celebrex that conveys how fun and flavorful the product is. Those ads tend to focus on efficacy for actual health problems.

Also, the nation is not getting away with prescription opioid misuse any longer. Since Ducey cracked down on opioid prescribing, pain patients have been backed into a corner where they pay for the mistakes of illegal users, and its even worse than that in Eastern states. Now the exact same thing is happening with MMJ. You could have used this as a talking point to illustrate how pain patients are being left with fewer options to treat their conditions, but you missed the boat by setting up a false dichotomy between opioids and MMJ.

This is a mess that the TW accidentally helped create. Time to be responsible.

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Posted by Ex-Arizonan on 07/19/2018 at 10:31 PM

Re: “SAFER gets Sunk

WTF does this mean
"In order to get post-conviction relief, we're going to need to allow strict penalties"

Arizona already has the toughest laws in the nation on Marijuana.
What throw so many into desperation with strict penalties that suicide by police is the best recourse? Have them sign promissory note that will take all the disposal income for the next 5 years can you say Ferguson.

"In order to get home cultivation rights, we're going to need possession limits."

Just what does this mean another "TBD". If we are going to go down the ridiculous road again, of leaving it up to some quasi legalization board then is is bound to fail.

"In order to get consumer rights, we are going to need consumer responsibilities."

It seems to me the consumer is already taking responsibilities 170,000 registered patients and not 1 effort by the Dispensary association to decriminalize or testing standards

It seems to me if we want a responsive Marijuana industry dont look to a legalization initiative. The very reason the dispensary association dont want to decriminalize is it take away from the bottom line. And pushes others by fear into a bad legalization scare that will be worse than now.

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Posted by Carpet baggers on 07/19/2018 at 9:17 PM

Re: “Appalling Appellate

Does anyone really care ?
As the medical community embrace marijuana, traditionally research based practices and therapies through pharmacies like Epidiolex more coming.

Can the hocus pocus understanding of the "BUD TENDER" recommending a strain compete with traditional medicine. We all knew this was coming in some form or another.

This is why on large part the "Arizona Dispensary Association" has focused solely on market expansion. The consumer protections and responsibilities had only market viability in mind.

Some of the exclusive protections extended to a select few lottery winners. Unfortunately blind greed took it's toll early on and fragmented the populace of support. Gone was the medical but for the social economical outlook.

It seemed to me the first outlook was the draconian stance on the criminal prosecution. Well it is all still in place 8 years later. The criminal code title 13 is still being used to over prosecute, and force forfeiture of gun rights, sitting on a jury, legal counsel on the matter or unfettered travel on roadways.

Yea I would think twice abut getting your MMj License THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU LOSE AND NO HELP FROM BEHIND EITHER.

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Posted by Carpet Baggers on 07/18/2018 at 10:36 AM

Re: “Shattered Statutes

Gratefully not from my own experience, but I do know cancer patients who cannot smoke and who report they get true relief from symptoms using the edible forms of THC.

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Posted by Constant Voter on 07/13/2018 at 2:37 PM

Re: “Shattered Statutes

Truly accurate dosing comes with cannabis being in concentrate form.

Posted by Shelly Ray on 07/10/2018 at 5:15 PM

Re: “Shattered Statutes

If I wanted or cared about manufactured processed marijuana/cannabis plant products his would be an issue.

The people of Arizona narrowly passed a proposition of care for human suffering with the Medical Marijuana Care of 2010.

Some have parried this into a situation like charter schools. First started to help the handicapped now competes with public schools.

All I ever hear from the Tucson ADA people is the the slap on the back that now they pay taxes like the rest of the employers. I paid wages and dealt with labor issues. If you dont like the government oversight trying working a wage at your competition. I bet the umbrella of right to work state works real well on your bottom line.

We have a issue that concerns us all not just the ring of the cash register. It has to do with the title 13 on the books, the appellate court, and the supreme court.

lets talk about rights like stricken off Jury, cant obtain legal counsel on how to do it legally, illegal to beta test a schedule one for medical use, a forefront o repeal schedule one.

I wish I could give total support to the dispensary's and their quest but I dont see it in the public medical interest, rather of rights to market and that is all.

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Posted by Carpet Baggers on 07/06/2018 at 8:35 AM

Re: “Shattered Statutes

Sorting with water isnt popular because most medical cannabis processed couldnt pass a lab test. What is popular is taking moldy mildew covered cannabis and soaking it in butane. what a joke

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Posted by Concerned Patients on 07/05/2018 at 2:19 PM

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