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You may not lay a finger on anyone's Butterfinger, but you will want to grab a plateful of this Butterfinger-inspired holiday bark. Like the candy bar, this sweet treat is jammed with peanut butter, has a satisfyingly crunchy-flaky bite and — of course — sports plenty of chocolate. But to keep your enamel intact, we made it slightly less sweet and a little more grown up.
CHANDLER – The developments could have been toxic or started the tearing down of the defending state champion.
Creo Montessori School opened its doors in Gilbert with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Nov. 17.
Claiming consumers here were misled, Attorney General Tom Horne has filed a $3 billion lawsuit against General Motors alleging it sold vehicles to Arizonans the company knew were unsafe.
Valley Christian High School will host the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Tech Challenge qualifier event this Saturday.
NAPA, Calif. — Hot air balloons drifting in multicolored splashes against a blue heaven are a common sight in the Napa Valley. But lately, more than balloons have been taking to the wine country skies.
PHOENIX — Doctors who recommend marijuana to patients can't be charged with crimes even if they did not follow the procedures required by law, the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled Thursday.
The judges acknowledged that Robert Gear, a Phoenix naturopath with offices in several communities, had been charged with recommending the drug to a patient without having access to 12 months of her medical records. That is a requirement under the law.
Gear was indicted on charges of forgery and fraudulent schemes after saying on a form required by the Department of Health Services that he had, in fact, seen those records.
But Judge Patricia Norris, writing for the unanimous appellate court, said what Gear or did not do is legally irrelevant. She said the 2010 voter-approved Arizona Medical Marijuana Act specifically bars criminal charges against any physician who certifies that a patient is likely to benefit from the drug.
Norris said a contrary ruling would be bad public policy.
"Criminal scrutiny and prosecution of physicians for certifying patients for medical marijuana use would have a chilling effect on the voluntary participation of physicians, and, thereby, hinder qualifying patients' efforts to obtain competent medical advice regarding medical marijuana, its medical risks, and its alleged therapeutic and palliative benefits,'' the judge wrote.
Thursday's decision upset Navajo County Attorney Brad Carlyon
"I'm just disappointed there are no consequences for doctors that don't follow the rules on how to prescribe a medical marijuana card,'' he said.
But Kimberly Kent, the attorney who represents Gear, said the law is clear. She said a doctor who determines marijuana is appropriate for a patient is immune from criminal prosecution.
Kent said it's a separate question of whether Gear might face some discipline, either by the health department or the board that regulates naturopaths.
Arizona law allows those with certain medical conditions to obtain up to 2 1/2 ounces of marijuana every two weeks. But they must first get a written recommendation from a doctor.
Court records say that a confidential informant working for the county's drug task force went to Gear to get such a recommendation. She completed a medical questionnaire and medical records statement provided by Gear's staff and disclosed information about her medical history and physical condition.
She also said she had seen other doctors in the past 12 months but did not "have a complete set of medical records'' with her. But she agreed she would either request that her records be sent to Gear or would bring them to her on her next visit.
Based on his examination of the woman, Gear certified the woman for medical marijuana use. He also completed a form which said he had "reviewed the qualifying patient's medical records, including medical records from other treating physicians from the previous 12 months.''
Norris said there is no legal basis for the charge.
She said the 2010 law provides immunity for any case in which a doctor certifies that "a patient is likely to receive therapeutic or palliative benefit from the medical use of marijuana.'' And Norris said that is exactly what Gear did.
The question of whether he was not truthful on the form does not strip Gear of that immunity, she said, particularly as that requirement to review 12 months' worth of medical records is not required under the law but instead a regulation by the health department.
"Dr. Gear did not lose his statutory immunity merely because he completed the mandated DHS form,'' Norris wrote.
Beyond that, she said the immunity extends beyond delivering the certification sought by the patient.
"It also encompasses a physician's actions in preparing and completing the written certification,'' Norris said.
State Health Director Will Humble, whose agency enacted the rules about the medical records and designed the form, declined to comment on Thursday's ruling.
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PHOENIX -- Arizona gained 24,700 private-sector jobs last month, enough to push the state's seasonally adjusted jobless rate down a tenth of a point, to 6.8 percent.
It’s hard to be an art collector on a budget, but this weekend, you can purchase original works of art, crafted by local student artists, for as little as $30, at a student art market in downtown Tempe.
After over six years of producing and teaching theater skills to local youth, Copperstar Repertory Co. in Chandler has one show left before it permanently drops the curtain.
Don’t let the act fool you; Don Rickles is actually a very nice man.
>> This information is provided in community partnership with Harkins Theatres. For showtimes, theater locations and tickets, go to HarkinsTheatres.com.
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‘Dance is my first and best language,” Jessica Lang tells me, with a smile I can hear through the phone. Lang is a tour de force in the dance world; after being a freelance choreographer for 15 years she founded her own dance company in 2011 and has been devoting herself to the development of Jessica Lang Dance. “I was producing a lot as a freelance choreographer, but I didn’t feel like I was living up to my potential. Now I feel like I am building something that is very important and valued.”
PHOENIX (AP) — A lawyer representing Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in a racial profiling case says legal ethics compel his firm to step aside.
Gilbert Fire & Rescue and the Gilbert Police Department are hosting their annual Collecting Clothes and Toys for Gilbert Girls and Boys holiday gift drive.
During college, I took a class on global populations and food (affectionately known as "pops and crops"). I'm sure it was a fine class, but really only one lesson has stuck with me in the 25 years since.
The phenomenon that has become Breast Cancer Awareness Month is astounding. The attention given to this disease each October has resulted in numerous cases of early detection and lives saved. However, despite the light that shines so brightly on the breast cancer discussion, there is a form of this disease that is often overlooked. The women who suffer from this form of breast cancer continue to cope with its impact long after the 5Ks are over and the pink products disappear from the shelves.
A comic book store specializing in graphic novels, gaming and collectables opened in a new and more profitable location in Mesa this month.
Thanksgiving is coming.
Majerle’s Sports Grill in Chandler has organized a fundraiser on Nov. 21 to benefit two Chandler officers who died recently.
Beginning Nov. 17, the East Valley Tribune, Ahwatukee Foothills News, Clipper Marketplace and San Tan Ford will collect new and unused toys and a slew of other items to donate to a local hospital this season.