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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: Medical MJ

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

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

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