In a pursuit to stop marijuana legalization in Arizona, a drug war task force has donated tens of thousands of dollars collected from the civil asset forfeiture program in order to fight marijuana legalization in Arizona via propaganda.
An investigative report has revealed that Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking (PANT), a law enforcement organization designed to catch drug offenders, recently provided a check for $50,000 to MATFORCE, a group combating substance abuse. This collaboration to fight marijuana legalization in Arizona with public funds took place shortly after the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) declared it was going to help create a ballot initiative in 2016 to legalize recreational marijuana for adult use in Arizona.
It also appears that additional public funding will probably be used to fight marijuana legalization in Arizona. Last week, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich released a decision in regards to a question posed by Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk (pictured), who is a leading board member for both PANT and MATFORCE and the culprit behind the $50,000 donation that supposedly went towards educating the public on the alleged dangers of marijuana, which essentially asked whether public finances could be used to protest marijuana.
Brnovich wrote: “To the extent you use public resources to communicate, your efforts may lawfully continue… so long as they do not unambiguously urge the electorate to cast a vote for or against the [marijuana] measure.” Basically, Brnovich is allowing the use of public resources to fight the marijuana ballot measure.
The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, a pro-marijuana organization in Arizona, argues that money generated from state and local taxes should not be utilized by public officials to fund propaganda tactics.
Legal experts, like attorney Angela Poliquin, believe that allowing the use of public resources to influence voter response spawns “political mischief,” a practice that is not only wrong, but also a detriment to the concept of democracy. In other words, governments should not be permitted to grease the wheels of organizations in an effort to control the opinion of the citizens for which they serve.
Anti-legalization groups should be held to the same financial trials and tribulations as everyone else when pushing an agenda, and public funds should be off-limits to those who either support or oppose a particular voter initiative. Governments should not be subliminally manipulating their citizens.
The U.S. Department of Labor statistics show that just 17.6% of citizens with disabilities are employed. This low employment rate forces citizens to depend on public assistance programs – such as Social Security, SNAP, and AHCCCS – costing taxpayers millions of dollars every year.
Quality Connections (QC) is a non-profit organization that provides employment opportunities for people with disabilities. QC has recently partnered with Harvest ofto develop Arizona’s newest rehabilitation partnership. The collaboration will employ many disabled persons in Harvest’s northern Arizona production facility. This opportunity will provide the individuals with the ability to withdraw from government aid. As a result, the QC and Harvest partnership will create economic growth and a sense of identity for a populace that can fall behind both financially and socially.
“The people we serve have proven to be the most loyal, capable, driven employees available in Arizona’s labor force,” stated the CEO of QC. “It’s exciting to provide these individuals the opportunity to be self-sufficient and work in this new industry.”
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Maricopa County attorney Bill Montgomery and Arizona attorney Mark Victor debate marijuana legalization. But during the debate a Vietnam veteran expresses that he is a medical marijuana patient and recreational marijuana user and Montgomery responds by publicly belittling and shaming the veteran.
Montgomery (who is also a veteran) asks the veteran and medical marijuana patient if he also uses marijuana recreationally. The vet responds by saying “yes.” Montgomery then responds by telling the veteran that he “has no respect for [him]” and that he is an “enemy” of the United States because he uses marijuana.
Watch video here. (The incident occurs between 1 hour and 2 minutes to 1 hour and 5 minutes.)
Bill Montgomery is one of Arizona’s most notorious anti-marijuana advocates. And after this incident, he will likely be despised by most U.S. military veterans across the country for publicly disgracing a veteran.
There are many ways to ingest medical marijuana and each has its pro’s and con’s. Some folks swear by theirwhile others prefer the tried and true approach to medical marijuana: just plain smoking it. But thanks to advances in science and tech, vaporizing marijuana is the new norm. In fact, next to dabs, vaping (inhaling and exhaling the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device, which became Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year in 2014) has become one of the most popular new ways for patients to medicate.
One of the many reasons people like using vape pens is that they’re typically odorless which makes it easy to use when you’re on the go. Some of the newer pens, like Slim Joint, are designed to look stylish and discreet and are available in regular and extra strengths, depending on one’s needs.
How E-Joints Work
Vaping e-cigarettes, which contain nicotine, is the catalyst that started the vaping trend. But now, you can vape good old marijuana too, getting the, and other that you may require for health reasons.
When you inhale an e-joint, the tip glows, just like a real joint. But what you exhale is vastly different and more comparable to the mist that a fog machine creates. E-joints function on the same basic principle: a heating element known as an ‘atomizer’ heats up the fluid, turning it into a gas.
Many e-cigarettes are rechargeable, with refillable liquids that come in a variety of interesting flavors. The level of customization and variety of tastes have turned vaping into a popular hobby. But for medical marijuana patients, e-joints are more than just a tool for relaxation – they’re an important delivery method for medicine. And, just like there are many varieties of e-cigarettes there are many varieties of e-joints as well. There are also different strains available (including indicas, sativas and hybrids) and different flavors and methods of vaping.
Depending on the region or dispensary, there are a few options for vapes. Some dispensaries will process their marijuana into a psychoactive liquid that can be used in a personal SlimJ. One major con is for environmentalists, as these e-joints are disposable, but many producers are working on programs to recycle the devices, especially as these devices grow in popularity.. Disposable e-joints are just like disposable e-cigarettes in that they require little maintenance or recharging batteries. Popular brands include the Juju Joint and the
Are E-Joints Safe?
There has been a fair amount of controversy in response to the safety of e-joints, especially in regards to health effects. Since users inhale a vapor instead of smoke, many believe it’s much safer. So far, the overwhelming consensus about e-cigarettes and vaping is that it’s far safer than inhaling smoke. The truth is, not enough research exists to be definitive, but according to WebMD, “So far, evidence suggests that e-cigarettes may be safer than regular cigarettes. The biggest danger from tobacco is the smoke, and e-cigarettes don’t burn. Tests show the levels of dangerous chemicals they give off are a fraction of what you’d get from a real cigarette. But what’s in them can vary.”
E-joints are a different matter entirely as none of the chemicals contained inside an e-joint are addictive. Plus, the cannabinoids inside are known by a wide scientific consensus to be helpful for certain conditions, including cancer, HIV, glaucoma, chronic pain, and many other conditions.
Medical marijuana patients are likely already familiar with which strains are best for their condition(s). But are e-joints right for patients? That’s a decision each patient will have to make on your own. Who knows, the result could be very positive.
How to Become a Medical Marijuana Patient in AZ
To become a medical marijuana patient in Arizona a person must be:
– 18 years or older (or have your legal guardian registered as your caregiver)
– Must have a valid Arizona Driver’s License or Arizona Identification Card
– Must have an Arizona residential address
– Must have a minimum of one qualifying condition listed below:
- Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
- Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
- Hepatitis C
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- Crohn’s disease
- Agitation of Alzheimer’s disease
- A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or the treatment for a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition that causes:
- Cachexia or wasting syndrome;
- Severe and chronic pain (e.g. arthritis, migraines, etc);
- Severe nausea;
- Seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy;
- Severe or persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
– Must have your medical records for at least the previous 12 months. Furthermore, those medical records must include the diagnosis of your qualifying medical condition.
If you meet the above criteria then schedule an appointment with a marijuana doctor office to get qualified to use medical marijuana. Once qualified, the person will receive a medical marijuana card in the mail. With the card they can purchase marijuana from any Arizona dispensary.
To learn more read: “How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card”
Will Humble, the director of the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), is stepping down on March 3 after 23 years working for the state.
“This has been an awesome job,” wrote Humble on the Arizona Department of Health Services’ Director’s Blog. He went on to mention: “Careers have a life cycle. Figuring out when it’s time to turn the page and move on to something else is a hard thing to do. That time has come for me.”
Humble has yet to name an interim or permanent director for the ADHS, but a decision is expected within a week.
Humble constantly fought against the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (AMMA) during his time at the ADHS. Humble tried to make Arizona’s medical marijuana laws stricter and continually denied legitimate petitions to add qualifying conditions to the AMMA.
Arizona Marijuana Industry Facts
Arizona’s medical marijuana industry has seen significant growth over the last few years, and it is predicted to continue to grow at a very rapid rate. Listed below are 7 Arizona marijuana industry statistics from 2014:
1. 85 licensed medical marijuana dispensaries were operating in Arizona as of Dec. 31, 2014.
2. Nearly $112 million of revenue was generated by Arizona’s medical marijuana industry (based on a steep estimate that the average dispensary price for medical marijuana was $350 an ounce).
3. There are more than 61,000 medical marijuana patients in Arizona.
4. Eleven cards were revoked, which included caregivers with multiple cards.
5. Female qualifying patients and caregivers were usually older than male qualifying patients and caregivers.
6. 18-30 year olds had the most dispensary transactions followed by 31-40 year olds and then 51-60
7. 1,563 (approximately 2.5%) of the medical marijuana qualifying patients and 371 (approximately 58%) of caregivers were authorized to cultivate marijuana.
New Arizona medical marijuana dispensaries have opened in Arizona within the last 30 days!
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