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Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol

The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (CRMLA) in Arizona announced that they have collected 50,000 signatures within 10 weeks. The campaign needs at least 150,000 signatures by July 2016 in order to get onto the November 2016 ballot.

Organizers believe the swift start to the signature collections for the campaign demonstrates that voters in Arizona are ready to further reform the state’s marijuana laws. “Adults of all ages and political stripes want to vote for this in November 2016,” stated the campaign chairman. “We are excited by the outpouring of support. This is the right initiative at the right time.”

Initiative supporters say the momentum in collecting signatures doesn’t show any signs of slowing down anytime soon. “We get dozens of requests every day on social media and phone calls to the campaign headquarters asking where people can sign petitions,” says Carlos Alfaro, the campaign political director, who also noted that voters can sign petitions at many Motor Vehicle Division locations around the state.

In summary, the CRMLA’s initiative, the Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act would:

allow adults 21 or older to possess and privately consume and grow limited amounts of marijuana (it will remain illegal to consume marijuana in public)
establish a Department of Marijuana Licenses and Control to regulate the cultivation, manufacturing, testing, transportation, and sale of marijuana
create a system in which licensed businesses (i.e., dispensaries) can cultivate and sell marijuana to adults
provide local governments with the authority to regulate and prohibit marijuana businesses
establish a 15% tax on adult marijuana sales in addition to standard sales taxes.

Tax revenue from the recreational marijuana industry would be used to fund the implementation and enforcement of regulations as well as be allocated to the Department of Education for construction, maintenance, operating costs, and full-day kindergarten programs, and to the Department of Health Services for public health efforts.

Recent polls have found that a majority of Arizona voters favor legalizing marijuana. A June 2015 poll found that 53% of Arizonans support legalization.

Marijuana IQ

A British study by TNS Research revealed that workers who are distracted by phone calls, emails and text messages tend to suffer a greater loss of IQ than someone using marijuana.

Dr. Glenn Wilson, a psychiatrist at King’s College London University, conducted 80 clinical trials for TNS Research by monitoring the IQ of workers throughout a day. He found that the IQ of those who tried to juggle work as well as messages fell by 10 points, which is the the equivalent to missing a whole night’s sleep and more than double the 4-point decrease caused by using marijuana.

“This is a very real and widespread phenomenon,” stated Wilson. “We have found that this obsession with looking at messages, if unchecked, will damage a worker’s performance by reducing their mental sharpness. Companies should encourage a more balanced and appropriate way of working.”

The study also revealed that the IQ drop was even more significant in men.

New York Marijuana

The New York State Department of Health has awarded five companies cultivation and dispensing licenses for the state’s medical marijuana program.

Forty-three companies fought for the five licenses in a competitive bidding process.

Each company is restricted to opening only four dispensaries and will only be allowed to produce five medical marijuana strains. All products must be in pill, oil or tincture form and prices will be set by the Commissioner of Health.

Deputy state director at the Drug Policy Alliance said: “The announcement of the five producers is an important milestone in the implementation of New York’s medical marijuana program, but the state still has a long way to go before medicine gets to the patients who so desperately need it, and our concerns with the program’s limitations still stand. We hope that the selected companies have the experience, integrity, and focus on patient welfare that New Yorkers deserve.”

The five companies awarded licences are: Bloomfield Industries Inc., Columbia Care NY LLC, Empire State Health Solutions LLC, Etain, LLC, and PharmaCann LLC.

The Department of Health stated that New York’s medical marijuana program will be fully operational by January 2016.

Marijuana Broken Bones

In a new study published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, Israeli scientists found that broken bones healed quicker and stronger when patients consumed cannabidiol, or CBD, a naturally occurring and non-psychoactive substance found in marijuana.

“We found that CBD alone makes bones stronger during healing, enhancing the maturation of the collagenous matrix, which provides the basis for new mineralization of bone tissue,” said Dr. Yankel Gabet. “After being treated with CBD, the healed bone will be harder to break in the future.”

The researchers’ study consisted of administering CBD to a group of rats with mid-femoral fractures. After eight weeks, the reaserchers saw marked improvement in the broken bones. They injected another group of rats with a mixture of CBD and THC, marijuana’s psychoactive ingredient. After comparing the results, they concluded that CBD alone was the most effective treatment.

“The clinical potential of cannabinoid-related compounds is simply undeniable at this point,” said Gabet.

Hundreds of scientific research studies have proven that marijuana provides medical benefits to many health conditions. For these reasons, 17 states have legalized CBD for limited medical use or research, while 23 other states have legalized marijuana for medical purposes. Yet, the federal government still continues to ban marijuana, classifying it as a Schedule 1 substance, which incorrectly categorizes as a dangerous drug with “no currently accepted medical use.”

Britain Marijuana

A marijuana petition in Britain has recently received 158,000 signatures which forces parliament to debate marijuana legalization in September.

The United Kingdom government’s Petitions Committee agreed to officially respond to any petitions that reach 10,000 signatures and to debate in parliament if a petition reaches 100,000 signatures.

The petition calls for making “the production, sale and use of cannabis legal.” It also claims that “legalizing cannabis could bring in £900 million [$1.4 billion] in taxes every year, save £400 million [$623 million] on policing cannabis and create over 10,000 new jobs.”

Current UK law states that possession of cannabis can result in penalties of up to 5 years in prison.

Marijuana Law Enforcement

Law enforcement was designed to protect our communities, but marijuana prohibition – and the drug war as a whole – has become an overbearing distraction towards the maintaining of public safety. Prohibition contributes to an overall decrease in public safety and misuse of valuable resources. Here’s why law enforcement across the country and around the world are pushing for marijuana legalization:

1. Marijuana prohibition funds criminal organizations

Criminalizing a high-demand commodity only creates an illegal marketplace that generates wealth for individuals seeking to profit. If legalized, marijuana would create a legal marketplace and diminish illegal operations. Marijuana is often called the “cash crop” by Mexican cartels, and legalizing medical marijuana access and recreational access in only a few states has already begun to weaken their cash flow. Nationwide marijuana legalization would devastate the enormous and lethal underground networks brought about by prohibition.

2. Marijuana prohibition overburdens the legal system

Minor marijuana possession or consumption arrests wastes time and resources at every step of the legal process. Arresting officers must file paperwork, possibly make a court appearance – all of which account for time and money that could be spent on catching and arresting people posing a danger to others, such as murders, rapists, con artists, terrorists, etc. Law enforcement used to solve 90% of murder cases, but now only 64% get solved. Furthermore, only 40% of rape cases are solved and there are an estimated 400,000 unprocessed rape kits – containing crucial evidence to prosecute dangerous criminals – sitting in storage across the U.S.

3. Marijuana prohibition is detrimental to public health

People in need of medical help should never have to forego treatment for fear of being arrested or be considered a criminal for using medicine that helps them. Arresting elderly, sick and disabled individuals for deciding to use marijuana instead of prescription drugs is unethical and a waste of time. Law enforcement should be catching criminals that are a risk to society.

4. Marijuana prohibition endangers children

In much of the U.S. marijuana access is unlimited, unregulated and uncontrolled because it is prohibited. Yet it’s still being sold. Americans need to ask themselves: Who do we want in charge of those sales: licensed and regulated businesses or illegal cartels? Furthermore, unregulated marijuana often contains toxins or is laced with dangerous substances. Put simply, cartels don’t care about the age of their customers. Legalizing and regulating marijuana by selling it in childproof containers is one of the best ways to keep children safe.

Marijuana Opiod Heroin

A 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) found that nearly 5 million Americans have tried heroin. Nearly three-fourths (73%) of past-year heroin users are between the ages of 18 and 34.

According to a recent report by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), heroin use and overdose deaths are increasing rapidly in the United States.

A leading cause of the increase in heroin use and related overdoses has been the more widespread use of prescription opioid painkillers such as Vicodin and Oxycontin. The CDC reports that “45 percent of people who have used heroin were also addicted to prescription opioid painkillers.”

The medical use of marijuana is relevant to this problem because marijuana as a therapeutic provides a safe alternative to the use of prescription opioid pain relief drugs. Marijuana has proven pain-relief properties, however, unlike opiates, marijuana does not affect the medulla (the part of the brain that controls heart rate and breathing).

The impact of opioid drugs on the medulla is generally what causes overdose deaths from heroin. Increased access to medical marijuana could help reduce the overuse, abuse and fatalities causing this latest epidemic in both opioid prescription drug and heroin use.

Marijuana Info

This is the AZmarijuana.com Marijuana Guide, an informative guide that will teach you everything you need to know about marijuana.

Find out what plant marijuana comes from, the many effects marijuana produces and why, popular terms for marijuana (slang), the best types of marijuana for you, where and how to legally purchase marijuana, what the difference is between marijuana, medical marijuana, and cannabis, and much more.

Below are the AZmarijuana.com Marijuana Guide “chapters” (links). These chapters will provide you with all the knowledge about marijuana that you will need in order to understand marijuana and the emerging marijuana industries (medical and recreational) in America and throughout the world.

This guide will also teach you about Arizona’s medical marijuana laws, what medical conditions qualify a person for a medical marijuana card in Arizona, how to get a medical marijuana card in Arizona, what marijuana strain(s) is best for you, how to legally and confidently buy marijuana from an Arizona dispensary, and other useful information about marijuana. In order to return to this main page you can click either your browser’s “back button” or the “Next Topic” link at the end of each chapter.

What is Marijuana?

Learn what marijuana is, where it comes from, and the types of strains that humans consume.
Read the article “What is Marijuana?”

Effects from Marijuana

Learn the effects that marijuana produces and which strains create what effects.
Read the article “Effects from Marijuana.”

Health Benefits from Marijuana (THC & CBD)

Learn what health benefits come from marijuana and the strains that will be best for you.
Read the article “Health Benefits from Marijuana.”

How to Use Marijuana: Smoke, Eat, or Vaporize?

Learn how to consume marijuana and what ways will be ideal for you.
Read the article “How to Use Marijuana.”

Basics of Arizona Medical Marijuana Law

Stay legal. Learn the basics of Arizona’s medical marijuana laws.
Read the article “Basics of Arizona Medical Marijuana Law.”

How to Get an Arizona Medical Marijuana Card

There are a few basic steps to getting an AZ medical marijuana card.
Read the article “How to Get an Arizona Medical Marijuana Card.”

How to Buy Marijuana From a Dispensary (Things to Know)

Learn how to buy medical marijuana from Arizona dispensaries and what you should ask them.
Read the article “How to Buy Marijuana From a Dispensary.”

Other Terms for Marijuana

Be prepared for a marijuana spelling bee. Learn the most common names for marijuana.
Read the article “Other Terms for Marijuana | Slang.”

What is Hemp?

Learn about America’s next mass-produced industrial crop. Find out what hemp is, where it comes from, and what it is used for.
Read the article “What is Hemp?”

Medical Marijuana States USA

A few unlikely states are expected to legalize medical marijuana in the near future.

Approximately 40 states currently have at some type of legal protection for the medical use of marijuana; 23 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and Guam have passed medical marijuana legislation, while 17 states have passed restrictive cannabidiol (CBD) focused legislation.

Here are five states that will probably be the next to legalize the medical use of marijuana:

– Arkansas

– Florida

– Pennsylvania

– South Dakota

– Wyoming

Aggression Marijuana

A study recently published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information has shown what most know from experience: that marijuana can significantly alleviate aggressive behavior and calms emotions.

The study was only conducted on test mice. But, nonetheless, the study shows the potential for scientific evidence for marijuana as an aggression management tool for humans. This study will likely lead to a research study on humans. And eventually states with medical marijuana programs might include anger as a qualifying condition for a medical marijuana card.

The ultimate objective of the study was “to examine the role of cannabinoid[s] … in social and aggressive behavior.” One of the researchers noted that: “Acute administration of the [cannabinoid] agonist significantly reduced the level of aggression in hostile mice.”

The study’s conclusion was very encouraging and went on to state that marijuana has a lot of potential for managing aggression in humans. The study noted: “Our results suggest that CB2r [cannabinoid receptor] is implicated in social interaction and aggressive behavior and deserves further consideration as a potential new target for the management of aggression.”