Tara Lynn Kuck 
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Re: “Mo’ Money, Mo’ Power

The MPP bill being pushed forward in Arizona is not just bad for marijuana smokers, it's bad for all of Arizona. I am a cannabis user and avid supporter of medical marijuana rights. Under no circumstances do I want to see a bill like this passed in our state. Even if it was the last legalization bill on earth. First of all, lets talk criminal penalties. In the MPP bill to possess over 1 oz of marijuana will put you into the criminal felony bracket. This sets up countless potential recreational cannabis users for a whole lot of trouble. How are you pushing a "legalization" bill with felony penalties attached? What message are you sending? Here people we freed the weed now smoke up! It sounds like a bait and trap to anyone willing to take the risk. Trust me when I say there is no possible way the citizens of Arizona will hold to the 1 oz limit. They will have so many new criminals we wont have the jails to hold them all. This costs more for the tax payers, our taxes will be going into further expanding our prison for profit system in AZ that is fully supported by our Gov. We cannot do this to our state, to our citizens we just can't. The risk to reward ratio with the mpp bill is not worth dismantling our entire working medical marijuana program. Marijuana is first medicine, not a college kid party drug. To put medical marijuana patients in risk is criminal. There are thousands of sick and elderly people who need marijuana which is already in short supply or costs too much. The dispensary prices are already out of reach for a lot of people. The dispensaries we have in place now are already barely handling supply to the patients in the valley. Now we're going to let them sell it at an even higher price to everyone who want to party and light up once in a while? Really? That's what we fought so hard for in 2012? Patients are covered under the medical marijuana act for possession of more marijuana than is being offered by the MPP initiative. There is no reason to sacrifice the sick and hurting in order to make a few dispensary owners rich. The medicine they need is already being held for ransom. We need to open this to a free fair market to drive prices down and bring in more cannabis and more competition into the valley. The MPP initiative 100% prevents that from happening. I prayyyyyy the AZFMR bill does get on the ballot. I am confident if it does the citizens of this state (cannabis users or not) will not put cannabis users in jail any longer for this plant. The AZFMR bill makes all marijuana violations petty offenses to misdemeanors. The fines can be set high, people do go to jail for not paying fines you know. So eventually the habitual law breakers will get themselves caught up with the jail system. As citizens of this state I ask you to not support this bill under any circumstances. It also puts any business that sells marijuana accessories, like pipes and bongs etc., under control of their proposed marijuana board. That means hundreds of smoke shots and glass shops around the valley will be subject to the whim of these people. They will find themselves under very restrictive and damaging regulations very quickly. The MPP bill sounds more like an gestpo bill then anything. Really go read it. You will be in shock. I supported marijuana legalization in AZ until I saw what their idea of that was. the MPP bill is not a legalization bill, it just reorganizes the criminal penalties, prevents small business expansions in the areas of smoke or liquor shops who may also want to sell recreational cannabis, limits new job growth in our state, opens the door for potentially thousands of more people having their lives ruined over a bag of weed, allows small possession, and eventual personal home growing of marijuana, but not until 2018!! yes that's right the MPP and their chronies say they are in support of home personal growing but then decide out the gate to put a moratorium on it? Why? What is the purpose of that? They have been quoted over and over as saying they want to protect the dispensary owner investments. So basically the MPP is an undercover bailout and protection bill for dispensary owner and investors who made bad decisions the last time around, and are trying to recoup for their idiotic decisions in 2012 that has put them into this pickle. Please Please Please do your research. Be careful what you wish for! That bill is not legalization and is criminal penalties in recreational marijuana clothing. Our kids will suffer for many years to come if that communist type bill passes here. It will also set a terrible precedent for how AZ handles new forms of adult industries. Their bill lies from the very start. They are in no way "Regulating Marijuana like Alcohol," not even close.

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Posted by Tara Lynn Kuck on 07/02/2015 at 5:32 PM

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