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Arizona Chamber Of Commerce To Host Anti-Marijuana Legalization Workshop


arizona marijuanaArizona is one of a handful of states that will be voting on marijuana legalization in November. There are still some signatures that need to be verified, but the campaign should have more than enough by the deadline. Opponents have been ramping up efforts in Arizona, with the Arizona Chamber of Commerce announcing that it will be putting on an invite-only workshop next month. The intent of the workshop is to arm anti-marijuana supporters with talking points and ‘education’ in anticipation of the November legalization vote. Per the Phoenix New Times:

The Arizona Chamber of Commerce is offering an anti-cannabis workshop next month with prohibitionist county attorneys Bill Montgomery and Sheila Polk to help “sound the alarm” on a proposed legalization initiative.

The Chamber will offer the March 2 invite-only workshop to corporate legal advisers, human resources professionals, risk managers, and compliance officers.

Made up of representatives from the cream of Arizona’s business community, the high-powered group came out against the planned initiative in June and donated $10,000 to an opposing group in December.

I don’t understand why any business organization would oppose legalization. The marijuana industry can operate in virtually any part of any state, bringing jobs and opportunities where they are desperately needed. Marijuana business owners are good people, and should be welcomed by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, not opposed.


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  1. I suffer from GAD with Civilian Trauma (PTSD). My adrenaline fires at an abnormal rate durring episodes causing me lingering pain in my stomach and chest. My voice also quivers involuntarily, and that bestows barriers to communication with others. Cannibis calms these symptoms. Pharmaceutical pills help a great deal. However, I can’t grow my own pills when the doctor decides to not call me back. Worse still, my insurance drug policy hits a dounut hole and jacks up the cost of my medication making it unaffordable. Also, with the poor, if not criminal lack of accountability from the medical community adds up to people flying into withdrawal from toxic pharmaceuticals without propper care to ween one off the pills. Not only is weed non-toxic (providing people use correct pesticides), it’s also a profitable industry. Stop putting people in jail for selfish and destructive reasons. Legalize, tax, grow, and enjoy a healthier alternative to destorying ones body with pharmaceuticals and alcohol.

  2. Social Conservative on

    Because employers just think these things, they don’t actually say them. Any who did would get their ass sued off. The ridiculousness of the statement should have been a clue as well. Sorry for being a dick but when I get attacked by some lunatic I tend to go on the defensive.

  3. saynotohypocrisy on

    And how the hell was I supposed to know that? Social conservatives are notorious for hating on cannabis. You need lessons in how to use sarcasm.

  4. Both Bill Montgomery and Sheila Polk rely heavily on the Rocky Mountain Task Force report for their prohibitionist propaganda and disinformation campaign. Jacob Sullen at Forbes Magazine recently wrote an article that deals with problems with the Rocky Mountain Task Force report. This is a report that not only presents misleading findings but is grossly inaccurate.

    “In 2012 Coloradans approved Amendment 64, which legalized marijuana for recreational use, by a vote of 55 percent to 45 percent. Last February a Quinnipiac University poll found that 58 percent of Colorado voters supported that decision, while 38 percent opposed it and the rest weren’t sure.

    For prohibitionists determined to portray marijuana legalization in Colorado as a disaster, those poll results are inconvenient, since they indicate that public support for Amendment 64 was higher after more than a year of legal recreational sales and more than two years of legal possession and home cultivation than it was in 2012. Honest drug warriors would acknowledge the Quinnipiac numbers and perhaps try to balance them with other poll results. Dishonest drug warriors would do what the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (RMHIDTA) does in its new report on marijuana legalization: change the numbers.

    The RMHIDTA, a federally supported task force dedicated to suppressing marijuana and other illegal drugs, claims only 50 percent of Colorado voters supported legalization in that Quinnipiac survey—eight points lower than the actual result. It also understates the 2012 vote for Amendment 64 by a point, but the comparison still supports the story that the task force wants to tell: The consequences of legalization in Colorado have been so bad that public support for the policy already has fallen. Even assuming that the RMHIDTA’s misrepresentation of the Quinnipiac survey was a mistake, the direction of the error is not random. You can be sure that if the report had overstated support for legalization by eight points, someone would have caught it before the text was finalized. Which underlines a point that should be obvious by now: Despite its pose as a dispassionate collector of facts, the RMHIDTA, which issued similar reports in 2013 and 2014, is committed to the position that legalization was a huge mistake, and every piece of information it presents is aimed at supporting that predetermined conclusion. So even when the task force does not simply make stuff up, it filters and slants the evidence to play up the purported costs of legalization while ignoring the benefits.”

  5. Sheila Polk recently would not answer in a public meeting when asked if she had smoked marijuana. I encourage none to vote for her until she takes a piss test and fully answers the question. The county attorney would expect no less from the citizens of Yavapai county. Our elected officials need to be held to a higher standard than that expected of citizens, not a lower standard, as Sheila would have it.

  6. “Big Pharma must be getting seriously worried by the results of a recent survey conducted by the Centre for Addictions Research of BC. The pharmaceutical (along with the alcohol) industry is a powerful influences in Washington and has long been lobbying against cannabis legalization in order to protect their profits.

    Natural Blaze reports:

    However, the tide has turned as decriminalization of medical and recreational cannabis sweeps the nation and the continent. With legalization, more and more people are discovering how this plant can provide a safe alternative to the dangerous effects of prescription pills. The survey of 473 adult therapeutic cannabis users found that 87% of respondents gave up prescription medications, alcohol, or other drugs in favor of cannabis. Adults under 40 were likely to give up all three of these for medical cannabis. The most startling revelation, and one that will have Big Pharma running to their crony lawmakers, is that 80% of respondents reported substituting cannabis for prescription drugs.

    In addition, 52% said they substituted cannabis for alcohol and 32% said they substituted it for illicit substances. These results indicate a very promising trend of people moving away from dangerously addictive and deadly substances in favor of a miracle plant that has never caused an overdose death.”


  7. I made comment on cancer, a bit off topic, but something this chamber misses the need for. This chamber is clearly made up of ignorant and/or bought off people, without a concern for full truth or the needless damage they do. I hope it gets exposed & ended.

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