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1 US AZ: Forget Arizona's Cactuses, It's Now About The WeedThu, 01 Apr 2021
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Safronova, Valeriya Area:Arizona Lines:175 Added:04/01/2021

PHOENIX - When Arizonans voted to legalize recreational cannabis in November, it seemed plausible that sales would begin sometime in the spring.

But on Jan. 22, less than three months after the vote, the Arizona Department of Health Services started quickly approving applications, allowing dispensaries to sell cannabis to adults 21 and older immediately.

"It was kind of like ripping a Band-Aid off," said Jennifer Matarese, the president of a management company that runs Local Joint in Phoenix. Like many other dispensaries in Arizona, Local Joint has been serving medical patients for years; the legalization of recreational cannabis has led to a rapid rise in demand.

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2 US AZ: Lawsuit Seeks To Keep Recreational Marijuana Off AZ BallotWed, 22 Jul 2020
Source:Arizona Daily Star (Tucson, AZ) Author:Fischer, Howard Area:Arizona Lines:126 Added:07/25/2020

PHOENIX - Foes of legalizing adult recreational use of marijuana in Arizona are trying to keep the issue from going to voters in November.

Legal papers filed in Maricopa County Superior Court contend the legally required 100-word description misled people into signing the petition to put the issue on the ballot. Issues range from the definition of "marijuana" to how the law would affect driving while impaired.

The lawsuit comes as a new survey Tuesday finds widespread support for the proposal a=80" with more than 6 out of every 10 likely voters saying they will support it if it is on the ballot. Pollster Mike Noble of OH Predictive Insights said the query of 600 likely voters found that just 32% say they're definitely opposed.

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3 US AZ: PUB LTE: A Real SolutionSun, 18 Feb 2018
Source:East Valley Tribune (AZ) Author:Muse, Kirk Area:Arizona Lines:26 Added:02/22/2018

Thanks for publishing Kathy Inman's outstanding letter: "Marijuana Solution" (Feb. 11). I'd like to add that about seven years ago before and after my hip-replacement surgery, I was taking about six Vicodin tablets every day.Now, thanks to medical marijuana, I take no pain pills.

Vicodin can and does kill thousands of people every year. Cannabis, on the other hand, has never killed anyone. For those who oppose cannabis use don't buy it. Don't buy it. Don't grow it and don't use it. Period.

Kirk Muse



4 US AZ: Column: Out With A WhimperThu, 28 Sep 2017
Source:Tucson Weekly (AZ) Author:Meyers, Nick Area:Arizona Lines:99 Added:09/28/2017

Maricopa County Attorney loses legal battle with tail between his legs

Earlier this month, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled in favor of the state's medical marijuana industry by quashing a long-standing legal assault by Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery.

Montgomery constantly rails against imaginary dangers of marijuana, likely borne from knowing little to nothing about the plant, and based on flawed data. He was a major player in the fight against Proposition 205 along with Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk.

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5 US AZ: High Time Hold UpThu, 21 Sep 2017
Source:Tucson Weekly (AZ) Author:Meyers, Nick Area:Arizona Lines:82 Added:09/23/2017

Your meds are safe for a little while longer.

Congressional lawmakers bought a little more time for the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment by extending the current federal budget with a disaster relief bill signed by President Donald Trump earlier this month. The clause is set to expire with the rest of the bill on Dec. 8.

The bill itself caught a lot of press due to the shocking ease with which Trump sided with Democrats to raise the debt ceiling. Of the 90 "no" votes in the House of Representatives, all were Republican. (House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told the Washington Post the vote indicated House Republicans "have a philosophical problem with governance.")

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6 US AZ: Huffed And Puffed AG Sessions' Marijuana Crackdown FizzlesThu, 31 Aug 2017
Source:Tucson Weekly (AZ) Author:Meyers, Nick Area:Arizona Lines:93 Added:09/01/2017

It looks like Attorney General Jeff Sessions has run into some problems in his crusade against the marijuana. While the new Department of Justice administration has long been mounting pressure against the marijuana industry, the latest suggestion from the Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety is to, well, do nothing.

The subcommittee was announced months ago and tasked with developing a legal avenue for Session's marijuana crackdown. However, the Associated Press reported the group "has come up with no new policy recommendations to advance the attorney general's aggressively anti-marijuana views."

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7 US AZ: PUB LTE: Overhaul TimeMon, 07 Aug 2017
Source:Daily Courier (Prescott, AZ) Author:Muse, Kirk Area:Arizona Lines:36 Added:08/12/2017


Thanks for publishing Rita Shyrocka'™s outstanding letter: "€œCrisis€™ is on government'€™s shoulders"€ (7-19-17).

I'€™d like to add that in 1972, when President Richard Nixon launched the war on drugs, the federal budget for the drug war was $101 million. Last year, the federal budget for the drug was over $25 billion - a 250-fold increase.

In 1972, fewer than 5,000 Americans died from illegal drugs. Last year more than 50,000 Americans died from drug overdoses.

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8 US AZ: Column: Dead LettersThu, 10 Aug 2017
Source:Tucson Weekly (AZ) Author:Meyers, Nick Area:Arizona Lines:93 Added:08/12/2017

Sessions' correspondence to marijuana states is full of smoke and mirror

While certain federal administration officials take to Twitter to air their grievances, those stuck in last century use more traditional means for their loosely-supported rants.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent letters to governors of states with legal recreational marijuana in response to an April 3 letter from the governors of Alaska, Washington and Oregon urging him to uphold Obama-era pot policy.

However, the points raised in Sessions' letter may not be as watertight as he thinks.

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9 US AZ: Marijuana Benefits Abound As New Policy LoomsThu, 15 Jun 2017
Source:Tucson Weekly (AZ) Author:Meyers, Nick Area:Arizona Lines:99 Added:06/19/2017

Despite the upheaval of the current presidential administration, some things just haven't changed, like acting DEA Chief Chuck Rosenberg's Obama-era insistence last month that "marijuana is not medicine."

Though he also stated that he'd "be the last person to stand in the way" if medical uses of marijuana rise through the FDA process. (Here's where we count on Sue Sisley's research in Phoenix.)

But Rosenberg doesn't seem to pay attention to what happens in Phoenix. If he did, he might hear about a small clinic using marijuana to treat opioid addiction.

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10 US AZ: Sinister SubstitutesThu, 06 Apr 2017
Source:Tucson Weekly (AZ) Author:Meyers, Nick Area:Arizona Lines:91 Added:04/06/2017

Major anti-pot campaign funder lands DEA approval of THC drug amidst flurry of lawsuits

Ethics is a hazy argument when it comes to marijuana.

On one hand, opponents of legalization argue that the plant is harmful to society and individuals, and therefore should not be used. "Good people don't smoke marijuana," remember?

On the other, little evidence exists to show that marijuana was even made illegal on ethical grounds, and thousands of individuals' lives are affected by simple possession of a joint, regardless of context.

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11 US AZ: High Hopes For High TimesThu, 01 Dec 2016
Source:Tucson Weekly (AZ) Author:Meyers, Nick Area:Arizona Lines:96 Added:12/05/2016

Arizona continues efforts towards legal marijuana

The failure of Prop 205 may have been a sobering realization for some, but others still have high hopes for the future of marijuana in Arizona.

Several new efforts have popped up to change the landscape of Arizona's marijuana landscape since voters rejected this year's recreational proposition.

The most promising initiative comes from the Independent Wellness Center in Apache Junction, and intends not to legalize recreational marijuana, but to increase the number of qualifying conditions for patients to be eligible for a medical marijuana card.

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12 US AZ: Candidates Differ On Legal MarijuanaThu, 03 Nov 2016
Source:Arizona Range News (Willcox, AZ) Author:Petermann, Eric Area:Arizona Lines:111 Added:11/08/2016

Candidate opinions on legalized marijuana appear to have less to do with party affiliation and more to do with perceptions on whether Proposition 205 is a solution to a problem, or a serious threat to Arizona.

The citizens initiative is on the Nov. 8 ballot asking voters whether to allow the recreational use of marijuana. Arizona is one of nine states that will vote on the issue in the General Election.

Though many prominent Republicans have come out against Prop. 205, there are notable exceptions. Gov. Doug Ducey and other state GOP leaders, including LD14 State Sen. Gail Griffin, are on record opposed to the initiative, while locally, Republican Cochise County Supervisor Pat Call has said it may be time to reallocate the resources committed to the "War on Drugs."

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13US AZ: Column: Why I Support Legalizing Marijuana But Will Vote No OnFri, 04 Nov 2016
Source:Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ) Author:Kwok, Abe Area:Arizona Lines:Excerpt Added:11/08/2016

There's a great deal of fear and loathing about the legalization of marijuana, and I buy just about none of it.

In fact, I would not be alarmed, or even displeased, if Arizonans approve Proposition 205. Nor do I think the state would plunge into crime, chaos and hedonism should the measure pass.

That said, I could not bring myself to vote for Prop. 205.

Not out of concern for the state, mind you. Or concern for the users. Or their family, friends and employers.

If anything, marijuana users are why I almost voted for the "Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol" initiative.


14US AZ: OPED: An SOS From Colorado To Arizona On Recreational PotFri, 04 Nov 2016
Source:Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ) Author:Webb, Wellington Area:Arizona Lines:Excerpt Added:11/08/2016

I love Denver. I served as its mayor for 12 years, so it saddens me to see what has happened to my city since recreational marijuana became legal.

The shock for most of us has been the unintended consequences of legalization.

Consider some staggering facts: Denver now has more pot dispensaries than Starbucks and McDonald's combined. Marijuana-related traffic deaths have risen 32 percent. Denver schools have seen none of the money they were promised.

And that vow from marijuana's backers that "the cartels would be driven out of business" - well, sadly, the exact opposite happened.


15 US AZ: PUB LTE: Actually, Prop. 205 Is About FreedomFri, 04 Nov 2016
Source:Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ) Author:Betz, Bill Area:Arizona Lines:21 Added:11/08/2016

Discussions on marijuana being less harmful than alcohol or the amount of tax money generated by legalizing pot use are irrelevant.

Free-thinking adults should be able to do with their own bodies whatever they damn well please, contingent only on the requirement that they alone are completely responsible for the consequences of their decisions.

- - Bill Betz, Mesa


16 US AZ: LTE: Pinal County Interfaith Clergy See Problems WithFri, 04 Nov 2016
Source:Coolidge Examiner (AZ)          Area:Arizona Lines:100 Added:11/08/2016

An open letter to the community:

We, a coalition of clergy and community leaders with Pinal County Interfaith, are writing to oppose Proposition 205, which would legalize the recreational use of marijuana. The proposition is crafted to further the interests of the marijuana industry and clearly not the interest of Arizona families.

We have seen that addiction is devastating. Individuals and families suffer as a result of addiction. Easing access to marijuana will exacerbate that suffering.

It is disingenuous to tell voters that Proposition 205 is good for schools. For decades, we have educated children without any funding from marijuana; our schools will undoubtedly survive without it! Our teens are especially at risk if marijuana use is normalized and access increases. The risks to children and youth far outweigh the relatively small amount that schools will receive from the Marijuana Fund (around $50 per student, less than the cost of a textbook).

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17 US AZ: Legal Pot Measure Gets Mixed Reviews From Local ResidentsFri, 04 Nov 2016
Source:Nogales International (AZ) Author:Blust, Kendal Area:Arizona Lines:132 Added:11/08/2016

A ballot measure that would legalize recreational use of marijuana in Arizona is receiving mixed reviews among Santa Cruz County residents.

Known as Proposition 205, the initiative would make it legal for people 21 and older to use and possess up to an ounce of marijuana and grow up to six plants in their homes.

The proposed plan would also establish a state regulatory department and would levy a 15 percent tax on sales of the drug.

But with the general election just a week away, there is still a split between supporters and opponents and many county voters are still on the fence about making pot legal in Arizona.

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18 US AZ: Nah Enters Prop 205 FrayFri, 04 Nov 2016
Source:Arizona Daily Sun (AZ) Author:Cowan, Emery Area:Arizona Lines:108 Added:11/08/2016

Last week, Northern Arizona Healthcare employees received an email from their top boss, NAH President and CEO Robert Thames.

In it, Thames waded into one of the more contentious issues on Arizona's ballot this election: the legalization of recreational marijuana.

The email, which opened with the subject line "ONE NAH, One Obligation to Health," addressed Proposition 205, which would legalize recreational marijuana in Arizona and create a system to regulate and tax the drug.

In his message, Thames emphasized the significance of the ballot measure to NAH employees as healthcare providers. NAH is the parent organization for Flagstaff Medical Center, Sedona Medical Center and Verde Valley Medical Center.

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19 US AZ: The Feds, The State, And Legal PotThu, 03 Nov 2016
Source:Arizona Range News (Willcox, AZ) Author:Jordan, Derek Area:Arizona Lines:207 Added:11/08/2016

SIERRA VISTA - If examples from Washington and Colorado are any indication, should Arizona voters pass Prop 205 this November and legalize recreational marijuana use for adults, there should be little to no federal interference with state law, even in areas with a high number of federal law enforcement agents, such as Cochise County.

Just don't try to drive through a U.S. Border Patrol Checkpoint with your state sanctioned weed, said Vic Brabble, U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman for Arizona.

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20 US AZ: LTE: Big Marijuana Counting On 'Marizona'Fri, 04 Nov 2016
Source:Arizona Daily Sun (AZ) Author:Carver, Bernice Area:Arizona Lines:37 Added:11/08/2016

Are marijuana lobbyists trying to change our state's name to "Marizona" with Prop. 205 legalizing recreational marijuana? Prop 205 allows for the untaxed sale of marijuana products with a concentration of THC of 0.3 percent or less, classified as legal industrial hemp, to be sold without age restriction. That will apply to some marijuana candy and other edibles such as the chocolate THC- laced "Boulder Bar" sold in Colorado to be considered hemp under Prop 205 though it contains 10 servings of THC.

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