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Arizona Proposal To Legalize Cannabis Announced

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arizona marijuanaCourtesy of The Joint Blog

Arizona’s Assistant House Minority Leader Ruben Gallego has announced that he will soon introduce legislation to explicitly legalize cannabis for those 21 and older.Under his proposed law, the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis, and the private cultivation of up to 5 plants, would no longer be illegal, and state-licensed retail outlets would be authorized. According to recent polling, this move is supported by 56% of those in the state.

“The issue of marijuana regulation is pragmatic,” says Gallego. “Regulating marijuana takes sales off the street and puts them in a controlled environment. Ultimately, this will help law enforcement, especially in times when resources are limited.”

He continues; “About 750,000 Americans were arrested for marijuana-related offenses in 2012, and the majority of those arrests were simply for possession. Law enforcement officers’ time and resources would be better spent addressing serious crimes, so that we are all safer. Additionally, we can use some of the money generated from the sales to pay for public education and treatment programs for alcohol and drug abuse.”

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56 Comments

  1. Boy was it hard to find this post! I wanted to say thank you for the hook up on farmers market! what an awesome thing! thank you thank you THANK YOU went on saturday definitely going back

  2. PhilipMorris Owens many thousands of acres In northern California when they tried to get legal a few years ago … big surprise who really runs this country corporate America if it gets fully legal big tobacco will take over and fill it full of chemicals and Put the small growers out of business and make it illegal For them to grow quality meds And Cram there garbage down or lungs

  3. Shut the fuck up all of you
    Unless you have positive shit to say
    You ALL clearly need to smoke and chill the fuck out.
    Weed = Peace & don’t you fuckers dare ruin it.
    Legalize it or not I’m still gonna cheif.
    *sparks blunt*
    I’m out bitches.
    Who’s with me

  4. C’mon now, Ms. Brown (hey, that rhymes!), you know we want everyone to have as many options as possible to legally obtain their cannabis. And in whatever forms they feel are best for them. As Tangina in the movie Poltergeist famously said, “All are welcome! All welcome! Go into the Light. There is peace and serenity in the Light.”

  5. Church-folk rule AZ i know. Thanks for the try…i bet a few jaws dropped at the mere thought “GASP!”

  6. Debbie Lee Brown on

    I understand you perfectly, you want to keep your job at the dispensary. Plain and simple!!

  7. Debbie Lee Brown on

    Oh I see, your a dispensary worker. You mean the very same dispensaries that have been fighting the right to grow your own from the very start??? So then you are afraid of losing your job, not your medicine, doesn’t that sound a bit selfish to you??? As with other markets that have gone to legal age limits, our history shows that when something legal has an age limit put on it that it becomes much more difficult for underage people to purchase. Anyone growing their own, and obeying the law,(which MOST do), will not sell to anyone underage. Any retail selling low quality “saw-dust” won’t stay open for business long. This is a plant with great medical benefits, but that doesn’t mean that others shouldn’t enjoy some of the other non-medical benefits at the same time. Why does this have to be a fight between medical use and recreational use?? In addition, we have accurate testing that can give you the percentages of THC and CBD’s. To assume that the entire medical market will disappear in favor of recreational use, is a huge assumption, and one I won’t make. I believe that we will see both, cheaper, lower quality for those who wish it, and more expensive medical grade for those who need it. The very same way you have beer and than you have top-shelf Scotch. The right to grow here is very important to patients like me. I suffer a few side effects from varying strains. I can NOT afford to gamble and spend money on a strain I’m not familiar with, only to find out I can’t use it because it induces a mirgraine or increases my anxiety. I also think that you are missing a huge benefit that occurs from moderate daily use and the prevention of long-term, dibilatating diseases. Why should someone have to wait to be chronically ill, before beginning prevention?? Sorry, but that just makes no sense to me, but then neither does you point of view!!!

  8. Debbie Lee Brown on

    LOL, Jamie, we tried, and were told that it’s not gonna happen anytime soon. We put in a request for a exhibit at the last state and county fairs…….at least we gave it a shot.

  9. Debbie Lee Brown on

    There is a growers market, it is ran by the 420 group. It takes place the first and third Saturday of every month here in Phoenix. I haven’t been in a while, but the last time I went they had everything from edibles to clones. Prices varied by the table and the strain. If you need more information try googling AZ medical marijuana farmers market.

  10. Your words of blue ribbon bud at the county fair, with a little bit of help from my imagination, just gave me goosebumps. :)

  11. Arizona needs this. The medical program keeps getting assaulted by the Maricopa county attourney who apparently either hates anyone who uses Cannabis or he’s in love with the cartels. This would be good to make him go away or at least quiet down some. Medical users in the state are virtualy unable to grow now that dispensaries are open. We need legalization in all states. Because until we have it we are going to have to deal with ignorance and corruption!

  12. Free ad time here…I’m not in Cali but from what I’ve read and seen and heard Harborside has a great working program for top-shelf medicine choices and street quality grass for those who want it and they buy it from growers who grow well and have expenses. In AZ we have to give or donate our excess crap or quality away for nothing to stay under “limitations”. The government could learn something from them if they’d stop messing with them long enough to see the system works. Spread the real love for the plant around and yes STOP the alcohol and scripts that ruin lives daily

  13. I pray for the day that dank homegrown tops 6 & 10 inches long all covered with frosty medicine are laying with blue ribbons at a COUNTY fair exhibit with the pies and jellies and pumpkins! Discrimination sucks

  14. I understand what your saying and its unfortunate that they try to pass other bills under our noses while telling us just the bare minimun. I hope all people are staying informed and as long as we pay attention and dont pass or fight the bills that arnt in our favor we can control how this goes. But prolonging the start of legalization isnt the key. Fight for your independent rights as a medical patient and and others will fight for they’re rights to recreational. All thats important is that we ARE fighting.

  15. I completely understand… I use dispensarys as a last resort or when Im in and out if the hospitals, other than that i track down seeds from other states online and try to keep 2 plants of heavy indica on me. I hope AZ doesnt include all dispensary areas as non grow zones like WA and soon to be colorado. Makes no damn sense to tell people they cant put a seed into the ground and water it…I just want dispensarys for those who need it and the right to grow for those that cant afford to pay for an eighth every few days. As soon as its legalized everywhere we can Move the hell on to more important things!

  16. When any product becomes legal, it is harder to get for people under a certain age. No one is talking about giving weed to everyone, and the population of cannabis lovers is about the same size as the population of people who drink alcohol.

    Alcohol is made from an extraction process also, I’m assuming with hops and grains. And alcohol is used for many other things, like an antiseptic. It is used in mouthwash and was previously used as an analgesic, but we’ve come up with many better alternatives for analgesics, so it is not used that much anymore (except for people who self-medicate).

    You assume that cannabis is the best medical plant on Earth, and it may prove to be, but right now it is just another alternative to the drugs we already have. Just because I prefer marijuana, doesn’t mean that other pain patients should all switch to marijuana. For the treatment of pain, marijuana can replace or be an adjunct for other drugs, including prescriptions.

  17. Dude i live in the middle of no where in a town run by Mormons that i have called Hazard County for YEARS. My closest dispensary is more than 60 miles away. Nobody in AZ wants to offer up clones because they know our right to grow is dwindling as dispensaries open and right to grow radius of 25 air miles is disappearing as they planned. Luckily in my closest town they are procrastinating the building with permits and whatnot so it may never open if the founding fathers get their way. If it opens my air miles will be 22 but my drive will be 30 so that just makes no sense. We are farmers and gardeners in my community. Cotton is king here. We want our Right to grow anything we want to and weed is the ONLY thing we can’t. We can grow our own tobacco or chamomile or basil or cotton but not our medicine of choice. Those that can’t grow however do need quality medicine at AFFORDABLE prices… 100 a quarter get real! We who use Marijuana medically already have issues with pain and anxieties and few of us seem to have enough money to provide the meds we need to combat our sicknesses which make us able to perform and make more money. Its perpetual bullshit quite frankly. let us grow

  18. Not a retail store? What do you consider Walgreens and CVS? Heck, these guys even take EBT (food stamp cards). If that isn’t retail, I don’t know what is. And I don’t think anyone is talking about tomatoes and pot in the same store (but since I love both, I wouldn’t mind), but a grower’s market would be nice.

  19. I am mostly looking for a great sativa and I am surrounded by indicas. Where are all the sativas?

  20. I am a medical patient and I use only indicas. My dispensary actually has more indicas on shelf than sativas so im very unsure of your referance; location difference obviously. If you are not getting the right Strands of medicine maybe you need to find a new dispensary that better suits yor needs. Legalizing it really has nothing to do with the availability if plants in your state. Find starters if something you like or Move if you feel like your options are hindered.

  21. bought motherfucken time! yes we can for 2014! let’s get this shit up and rollen in Montana.

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