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Activists file initiative to legalize recreational pot in Az

Supporters have until June 2016 to gather the 150,000-plus signatures needed to get the proposed Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act on the ballot. It would allow those 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of marijuana. ... Read more»

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Apr 23, 2015, 2:51 pm
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Weed can be used to treat Glaucoma.  It may help reverse the carcinogenic effects of tobacco and improve lung health.  It can help control epileptic seizures.  It also decreases the symptoms of a severe seizure disorder known as Dravet’s Syndrome.  A chemical found in marijuana stops cancer cells from spreading in the lab.  It may decrease anxiety.  THC may slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.  The drug eases the pain of multiple sclerosis.  Other types of muscle spasms could be helped too.  It lessens side effects from treating hepatitis C and increases treatment effectiveness.  California dispensaries have been the subject of federal raids   Marijuana treats inflammatory bowel diseases, including Crohn’s disease.  It relieves arthritis discomfort.
 It keeps you skinny and helps your metabolism. While not really a health benefit, marijuana spurs creativity in the brain. Pot soothes tremors for people with Parkinson’s disease.  Marijuana helps veterans suffering from PTSD.  Marijuana protects the brain after a stroke.  It might protect the brain from concussions and trauma.  It can help eliminate nightmares.  Weed reduces some of the awful pain and nausea from chemo, and stimulates appetite.  Marijuana can help people trying to cut back on drinking.
Marijuana is safer than alcohol. That’s not to say it’s completely risk free, but it’s much less addictive and doesn’t cause nearly as much physical damage.  Disorders like alcoholism involve disruptions in the endocannabinoid system. Because of that, some people think cannabis might help patients struggling with those disorders.  Read more at:


Apr 30, 2015, 11:01 pm
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Those who argue against “big business” becoming involved in production and sale of marijuana have their heads in the sand! Big business is most certainly already involved and these are not nice people. They are responsible for between 80,000 and 150,000 deaths in Mexico’s drug war since 2006. To suggest that these deaths stop at Mexico’s northern border is naive. Drug cartels currently take in $64.34 billion from their sales to users in the United States, Mexico’s public safety secretary said. Genaro Garcia Luna cited the figure during a speech a week ago at the international forum organized in Ciudad Juarez by the OCDA, a federation of center-right parties in the Americas. The drugs that the – mainly Mexican – cartels smuggle into the United States include marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines and Ecstasy. Mexico produces substantial amounts of marijuana and crystal meth and smaller quantities of heroin. South America is the source of the cocaine that Mexican gangs smuggle into the United States. Does anyone else understand the amount of corruption that a 64 billion dollar a year “big business” can have on our elections and on our system of government? Do you realize that many of our elections are now controlled by PACs and that we as voters are not even allowed to know who contributed? How much influence would a 64 billion dollar per year industry with real interests in how our government works buy? As voters we cannot totally put the cartels out of business but we can deal a significant financial blow to them. Legal, regulated, marijuana retailers are having an effect. Recently it was reported in the Washington Post that the price of a kilo of marijuana from farmers there has dropped from $100 to below $25. Let’s get the cartels out of the marijuana business. Support local marijuana retailers that pay taxes, settle their disputes in our courts, do not sell other drugs, ask for ID, and do not sell to kids. This is the right thing to do for our communities and for our children. Legalize, tax, and regulate in Arizona in 2016.

“The Latin American drug cartels have stretched their tentacles much deeper into our lives than most people believe. It’s possible they are calling the shots at all levels of government.”

- William Colby, former CIA Director, 1995

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