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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: Medical MJ

Re: “Sticky Situation

Nick Meyers;
Thanks for the insight into the confirmation of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General.

We all know in this cleaning of the administrative oversight and governmental regulations. This attributed to fees being applied to every function of a market product. Which brings us to MPP or Marijuana Policy Project their design mission and track record.

Some are of the opinion that a government run distribution system with one target and one target only to get as much marijuana out to the public and become a Ad Hoc to the marijuana industry.

This charlatan group cares less about the consumer repercussions by state authorities. This MPP only want restrictions, They do want restrictions to make market more profitable. As well to run its tentacles through every governmental department to shave off a piece of the market establishing their own viability market and control.

As we look at last week's post we think of the idea to coach his younger to consume in a clandestine away from parents and authorities.

Then in the same desires wants a government control to help stop access to children. This is like opening up a Liquor store across from a detox clinic. Then talk about to be more clandestine in sneaking in mini's. Install a huge flashing neon sign daily discounts punch card. Probably to be inline with the Court Ordered Program go to the class then run across he street and on, and on, and on.

Bottom line MPP needs the stigmas. Mpp needs to support the viability of all the stigmas. Then Ad-Hoc each and every tentacle of a stigma, the more the better. So in arbitrating each stigma tentacle a % is pulled and established as necessary and needs to be paid.

If any moral person thinks that 205 while keeping all the over prosecuted felonies in place, the rules/laws to be determined was anything more than establishing the value of each tentacle. Then to administer/profit for life this beast. This is like building bully to fight a bully and you end up with two bully's DUH! -----

For example, at least five of 10 people on MPP's board of directors have direct ties to the industry: Troy Dayton is the CEO of the ArcView Group, which invests in marijuana businesses. Joby Pritzker, whose family started and owns Hyatt Hotels, invests in pot businesses. Tripp Keber is the CEO of Dixie Elixirs, which produces pot edibles. James Slatic is CEO of MedWest, which produces marijuana concentrates. And Rob Kampia, executive director of MPP, is a board member and the treasurer of the National Cannabis Industry Association, the lobbying arm of the pot industry.

It will get taken off the schedule 1 by May my prediction like all social progress ever passed was by republican congress civil Rights 64, Voter rights 68, Then SS FDR and a democratic congress but a large republican caucus support.

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Posted by Carpet Baggers on 02/02/2017 at 8:12 AM

Re: “Sticky Situation

It is the job of Congress to make law. Right now, the marijuana industry exists only due to administrative guidance from several Federal Agencies, which could change in a heartbeat.

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Posted by lc69hunter on 02/02/2017 at 7:11 AM

Re: “Parental Guidance

Here are 2 fantastic ongoing public studies conducted by Washington State Univ.

Washington State is ongoing with study without federal oversight. They have a complete structure to the marijuana business and open markets that are allowed to export. Where Nick Meyers is from.

First is how the legalization is going, up dated annually started in 2012 >

The second more related to the study done concurrently with the first by the same institution. With all focuses and with some cross border markets similar to Arizona.

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Posted by Carpet Baggers on 01/27/2017 at 10:33 AM

Re: “Up In Smoke

Allan thanks for the rebuttal, I go to WA frequently as well as OR. I have a Medical card for WA. I stay in Snoqualmie go to Medical dispensaries there as well.

The difference is between 205 and the way WA incorporated the legalization process. This was 2 completely different government regulations completely Arizona was not even close to the way Washington did theirs or Oregon Or California or Colorado.

As far as WA goes I usually stay on the eastside of Seattle, Bellevue Issaquah. Ask any dispensary owner the tax rate imposed with excise considered is 45%. With a higher state mandated minimum wage and income tax. The retail Prices are considerably cheaper than the medical in Arizona ? ( can you say price fixing )

I do appreciate from other state talking about legalization in their state. The compassion they had to get there and then to feel others can enjoy freedom restricted to others. The first thing other states did was to decriminalize. Arizona wanted in prop 205 to keep all the criminal laws attributed but have an agreed to plea bargain to commit a limited crime. THAT IS JUST PLAIN UGLY TO THE EXTREME.

In doing so marijuana is still over policed prosecuted counseled legal represented, property seized, marketed, still vilified for profit. So if other states want to look at Arizona dont look at the costume called legalization. Look under mask at the obscene monster that could have been birthed with a voracious appetite called the "Department of Marijuana License and controls"

Simply put Marijuana does not constitute its own governmental department. It is just not that important. Prop 205 said it was so important it needs to build it own separate government with police powers even more autonomous than the Indian Reservations.

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Posted by Carpet Baggers on 01/27/2017 at 9:43 AM

Re: “Parental Guidance

Interesting take on social perceptions regarding the user profile. Every parent would like all of their children to be a social inspired.

So If I am to understand with the story minors should not use marijuana. However talk their parent into voting it legal, to restrict their access. Giving the parent background that is illegal to them. Then these minors have the BACKGROUND for all to be counseling on marijuana.

Now their is some progressive ground work right there. (WT_)
To look at this story from a parental perspective of 5. Hogwash one son writes for a marijuana industry and uses. The younger adolescent is exposed and worries about self incrimination of bad parenting yea OK.

I seriously doubt Nick has a clue what the parameters and understanding of LEGAL and ILLEGAL. Slightly legal while still heavily Illegal is a bubble. As it is now marijuana is the vehicle for over criminalizing, prosecution, counseling, incarcerating, policing, legal representation. SIMPLY OVER PROFILING AT EVERY TURN AND THIS IS JUST ANOTHER.

This 205 was an attempt to keep overcharging and gouging while over restricting regulations. They just cant figure out a way to repeal amend the Medical Marijuana. These industry people hide behind it like a parent taking the toddler to a political rally. Telling this is the way to think, not to think for themselves. But know more what to fear hate and attack as the enemy and we will teach you the enemy.

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Posted by Carpet Baggers on 01/26/2017 at 7:36 AM

Re: “Pre-rolled Legislation

So some members of our legislature are wanting to make it harder for the citizen to override political incompetence. Other members (Thorpe?) want to hobble student voters. This is a shameful way to govern. I personally wouldn't vote democrat, but my republican vote should not be considered guaranteed...

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Posted by R. Barker on 01/19/2017 at 2:12 PM

Re: “Pre-rolled Legislation

Thanks Nick Meyers , for a insight to attempts of forces to control Marijuana.

I believe the legislature will act on marijuana before the next legislative session when the roll of the initiative gains steam.

It is my opinion the biggest reason for the failure of 205. Was a new independent department. A new department that had tax, police, court, license powers away from the power of the legislature.

This Gorilla of a monstrous appetite with wanting a new family to feed. This department would have used the existing Felony laws as a tool.

Anyone would have to be just plain blind to think this Department would not have folded itself into each county attorneys use to tax and run the industry. It had to if they wanted police power to prosecute for felonies. DUH!

Prop 205 was NOTHING at all like how other states have legalized marijuana. This is the lie that wants to perpetuate that it was about legalization. Prop 205 was about retail market control and enforcement of the market PERIOD. MONEY !

There were so many misleading and blatant lies slick willy salesmen. If you quarried anyone of the dispensaries owner or principals of 205 how it was going to work it was always left as TBD (to be determined) so essentially nobody really knew what they were voting for.

Even that 6 plant carrot dangled was a joke. Anyone would ask how was that going to work license? inspection? sign affidavit, gain plant material, report output, buy pre tax clones? All of this was TBD that is the failure of 205 collectively.

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Posted by carpet bagges on 01/19/2017 at 5:51 AM

Re: “Cash the Crops

Nick Meyers; Interesting dimensional view of the potential marijuana/hemp revenues and markets.

Had 205 passed we would of had a negotiated medical marijuana division of the Department of Health. Much like market forces competing against one another. If we limit this, it will impact that, so we can study and divert upon need. >> SAME?

So many ask then what would be the needs. DUH! Really? Cash flow and market expansion and availability of market limit competition.
Stifle, control outside interference collaborate with interstate economic federally illegal organizations against commerce laws build immune banking away from federal oversight.

There is no mention of all of these that have their hands in the cookie jar. Let's keep the jar called medical that is really the only way till the feds change. 205 was a market control travesty. We watch what happens in other states how it is administered through multiple existing state agencies. Not this GORILLA called the " Department of Marijuana License and Controls"


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Posted by Carpet Baggers on 01/13/2017 at 9:10 AM

Re: “Cash the Crops

Now all we need do is make industrial hemp legal to grow and manufacture with and we'll have a growth industry that will not only benefit the environment but create jobs and industry nationally.

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Posted by blissinfinite on 01/12/2017 at 10:41 AM

Re: “High Gear

Some good news come on Arizona. Let's get the proposition right this time in 2018.

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Posted by Ray Parrish for Congress 2018 on 01/05/2017 at 9:59 AM

Re: “High Gear

Thank You. Nick Meyers, for reporting the the freedoms and challenges going forward in this apprehensive marijuana climate.

Well then it would be safe to say his annual medical marijuana card was worth the hassle and cost. One is to ponder what would Nadir would have done in a post 205 environment.

Would he even of had a base for defence, 205 would have gutted medical marijuana. Would this proposed " Department of Marijuana License and Controls" just be another layer of administrative input on what is impaired ?

IMHO I would say the story has a double narrative. One is the value and the need for the Medical Marijuana Program. Two the court taking into consideration the value of that program with extended rights that are attributed.

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Posted by Carpet Baggers on 01/05/2017 at 7:28 AM

Re: “High Gear

A good decision.

It is better to give an acquittal, than to convict based upon arbitrary and unproven science.

I wish that the DUI laws would go back to an impairment standard, rather than an arbitrary number, which may be valid for some, but not for others.

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Posted by lc69hunter on 01/05/2017 at 5:36 AM

Re: “Up In Smoke

I think Nick Meyers is an excellent writer. His points are constructed well and his use of sarcasm is entertaining and not over the top. His articles present good arguments in favor of medical marijuana. Great job, son....

How about an article on taxed pot vs. the black market. My understanding is that here in WA there is still a thriving black market for pot because it is less expensive than the state government sanctioned product. How about researching that and addressing w corvi's response above?

And, from my perspective, I voted for legalizing marijuana for recreational use in Washington. My thought was if someone wants to get high in the privacy of their own home, go ahead. The problem is people get high where they want. The Seattle City Attorney is a regular pot user and publicly announced he would not prosecute any police citation for public marijuana use. So, nearly every where you go in downtown Seattle - there's a familiar odor in the air - walk out of a restaurant - pot; walk out of a Seahawk game - pot; leave a concert at Key Arena - pot. At least here in Seattle, it's gone a bit too far.

Posted by Allan Meyers on 01/03/2017 at 10:43 PM

Re: “Up In Smoke

And with prop 205 more prisoners to the cell more money to pay them. More courts to convict, more peace officers to protect, more prisons to build more counseling to indoctrinate.

I doubt Meth Heroin, pill dealers bottom line will be affected if they can't get pot they will get booze they just want to be high.

Over 40 years in construction and management of hundreds of men at a time I have seen the mode. Drug screens, safety people insurance mandates, visits and calls from parole probation and drug counselors, requests to monitor and take responsibility. yada yada yada.

To ponder for a minute put down the blunt the Discount tire guy. Discount Tire has 900 locations for instance they average 4 cars an hour with just 2 tires and open 10 hours thats 80 tires per location @ 900 locations thats 72,000 tires a day or 432,000 a week.

So just think out of a possible half a million tires installed weekly. just how hard it would bring to suit against Discount saying the tires were installed improperly because the by a stoned guy ? As of now a Medical Marijuana Card holder is precluded from taking a job such as installing tires. This is a protection he would like to keep a million spent and tax deductable is cheap.

We have a legislature problem and a halftime penance paid to representative only allow the rich to sit at the table. Others groble to work from crappy appointments.

There is really only one side for marijuana to come down on if legalized. Continuation of the stigma of being a druggy all drugs are associated heroin, meth, marijuana, that spice stuff. That would be the result of 205

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Posted by Carpet Baggers on 12/29/2016 at 11:19 AM

Re: “Up In Smoke

Actually, the biggest losers would be the drug dealers on the streets. Their revenue would dry up in a heartbeat.

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Posted by W Corvi on 12/29/2016 at 8:53 AM

Re: “Up In Smoke

You have to wonder how much money Corrections Corp of America (CCA) contributes to his campaign, as they are the biggest losers if marijuana is legalized.

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Posted by lc69hunter on 12/29/2016 at 8:37 AM

Re: “Up In Smoke

Thanks Nick; Informative story good representation of part of the motivation of Bill Montgomery. His voter base is Sun City and Kathy Inman ( Mom Force Arizona) delivers votes.

This atrocity of proposed initiative called prop 205 was a back door to revamp all the constitution's protections citizens now have.

Both Montgomery and JP Holyoak want to, and need to dismantle the Medical Marijuana in order to increase selling their message.

Which is the same message just repackaged. Both are selling they can tackle illegal activity, children access, regulated control. In order to do this they both need the elimination of Medical Marijuana.

With the elimination of medical marijuana we need more laws, more police, and funding for them, streamlined court through administrative law throwing out protections now.

Either way Prop 205 would have delivered to both of them their wants and revenue vehicle.

Medical Marijuana and recreational are not the same. There will never be peace if keep going down this road.

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Posted by Carpet Baggers on 12/29/2016 at 7:57 AM

Re: “Puff Daddies

Anne, I suggest you see a doctor it might help it might get some blood work and review cant hurt. Professional help on selecting strains too. And the truth of it is the increase in taxes will offset the cost of the license in 3 months for the average user.

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Posted by Carpet Baggers on 12/27/2016 at 1:28 PM

Re: “Puff Daddies

@Carpet Baggers @Ic69hunter
Not just medical marijuana programs - legal recreational also. I'm 57 and never tried marijuana until I was 35 and then didn't like smoking. Now that it is legal for recreational use (Oregon) I use it for pain, to sleep and as an alternative to alcohol which can have other health effects.

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Posted by Anne0859 on 12/26/2016 at 12:17 PM

Re: “High Hopes for High Times

Could Be Better, I totally agree we as a whole need to confront engage in this issue.

To attack people cultures beliefs fear and hate quickly eliminates the need or the cause.

Regardless of who's in office it will take so much more to defend those . The highest thing in DC is the Washington tower it always has been or we would not be chatting about this now. The single power wielder in washington only rides the horse's name ? The direction feed saddle barn tack are called congress. If they had the ability on where they rode, it would be different today. Why so many think the name of the horse is the rider's truly bewildering.

There is only one focus here the path that the horse can travel it has to be a open field to graze take the fence down called schedule 1

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Posted by Carpet Baggers on 12/26/2016 at 9:45 AM

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