After the shellacking that the Republicans put on us Democrats a couple of weeks ago, I may need a “recommendation” from my doctor for the 5 ounces of medical marijuana each month provided for in Proposition 203 to relieve my life-threatening anxiety! That should be enough since you can roll about 14 joints per bag which computes to 60 a month... make that two joints per day please. Thank you.

Of course, anxiety may not be covered by our new medical marijuana law that passed by an overwhelming .00268 percent of the vote, or 4,300 votes out of 1.6 million. Thank you provisional voters. By the way, provisional voters tend to be younger people who move around a lot and show up at a voting precinct different than the one that may appear on their voter registration card. In fact, in a survey taken just prior to the election, 67 percent of those polled under the age of 35 supported Proposition 203. Remember in the 1960s when the mantra was “Don’t trust anyone over 30”? I guess now we can make that 35.

On a more serious note, voters in Arizona have sided with science and compassion while dealing yet another blow to our nation’s cruel and irrational prohibition on marijuana. Arizona now joins the list of 14 other states, along with the District of Columbia, that have passed medicinal cannabis laws since 1996. Specifically, the law allows for the establishment of about 120 state-regulated clinics that will dispense marijuana to qualified patients. Patients who live more than 25 miles from a clinic will be allowed to grow their own cannabis. Patients will need to receive a “recommendation” from their doctor in order to receive no more than 2.5 ounces of cannabis every two weeks. Recommendations will be limited to those patients suffering from cancer, AIDS and other “life-threatening” diseases.

Furthermore, simply testing positive for cannabis on a urinalysis or other drug test will no longer, by itself, be enough to discipline or fire a medical marijuana patient in the workplace.

Additionally, medicinal use of cannabis won’t be cause for someone to be denied an organ transplant, to deny a good parent their child custody rights, or to evict a patient or deny them an education.

The passage of Proposition 203 is an important first step in the effort to completely legalize marijuana and to tax and regulate it in a fashion similar to how we handle alcohol and tobacco.

I can just imagine Bob Marley with a great big smile on his face now that Arizona has legalized it!

Jon Beydler is a 32-year Valley resident and the former mayor of Fountain Hills who now lives in Chandler

(6) comments

Dale Whiting

Jon,

The response was not as harsh as I expected it to be.

Voice of Reason argues without any foundation that whatever you choose to say must be wrong. He postulates that you are using or are about to start using marijuana, yourself. This reasoning does not reach the level of being sophomoric. Freshman would be my generous assessment.

Accuracy has done some homework and raises some concerns. Too bad his research does not compare marijuana use to alcohol use. Both cause severe problems. I'm not sure which will be the worst.

McClellan spots a potential loophole. It would be nice to know if this loophole has been exploited elsewhere.

Adding them up and putting them all together, we still do not reach such intellectual heights as the proverbial Hill of Beans. But sending them pack to their drawing boards might produce something worthly of consideration. So its back to your drawing board, boys.

Topper

I don't know if it's good or bad! If it will help someone I'm for it;
I too have heard many negative things about it, but I will pass
judgement unti I see some facts and not merely heresay!

Mike McClellan

The new law might be wonderful, but the writer is dishonest in detailing how it will work.

He writes, "Recommendations will be limited to those patients suffering from cancer, AIDS and other “life-threatening” diseases."

He left out the biggest loophole of the new law -- that we can also get a "prescription" for "severe and chronic pain."

What doctor can define "severe"?

That the writer doesn't mention this suggests he's not comfortable with the reality of the law, so he tries to deceive us.

Bad writing.

VofReason

Remember, whatever this guy says, the opposite is probably best: voting recommendations- check. Legalizing Pot- Check. I feel for the people of Fountain Hills who would likely like nothing but to wash their hands of any connection to this crazy person. My guess is old Jon didn't wait for his perscription and has jumped right in to pain medication years ago.

Accuracy

With a great big smile on his face, backer Jon Beydler makes no bones about the ultimate goal of legalized pot for everyone in this state.

Washington-based Marijuana Policy Project, whose aim is to minimize the harm associated with cannabis, was the major financial backer of the new medical marijuana law and has the same goal of legalization of marijuana nation-wide.

While many support making marijuana available for medical use . . Most Americans oppose legalizing marijuana.

After Proposition 203 ballots are canvassed Nov. 29, the state of Arizona has 120 days before the law goes into effect. The law that will increase crime around the 124 marijuana dispensaries in Arizona, and lead to more people driving while impaired.

Statistics on marijuana use [strung out on pot] does have many concerned:

• 1.2 million chronic marijuana smokers in the U.S. are currently being treated for marijuana addiction.

• 23.9 percent of students nation-wide report current or habitual marijuana use.

• 26.9 percent seriously injured drivers tested positive for marijuana. That is 10 times more than those under the influence of alcohol.

Dale Whiting

Jon,

Boy, are you about to be castigated by East Valley Tribune readers!

Can't say I agree with you on the next step, total legalization. But there are some up sides. For instance, the border war is being wages over, among other matters, the importation of mariguana from Mexico. Legalization might to more than could anything else to stop the mass murders of 10's of thousands of people, Mexican and American, south of the border. Not until battles over alcohol importation reached the streets of Chicago did re-legalization of alcohol occur. And we suffer much much more from legal alcohol than we are ever likely to suffer from legal pot.

But Jon, can't you hear the voices of your detractors begin to cry out![beam]

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