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This author's bias (and ignorance) is clear - "Arizonans now have the permission to GET HIGH". This is not an issue about getting high; this is an issue about permitting doctors and patients to seek alternatives methods of dealing with their illness. Sure. Recreational users exist and will continue to exist - just like those who take Oxycontin or Valium. Regardless of this law, people have been getting high and will continue to get high if that''s what they want to do - no law is going to stop that and they certainly don't need any ID card. It's suburbia naievete to buy into that premise that the AMMA is bringing marijuana to Arizona.
While I don't use MMJ, I fully acknowledge a person's right to use it if it can help to alleviate severe pain or a debilitating illness. Having watched people with that type of pain, who am I to tell them what they should do to alleviate it? While many of the applications for a card do identify chronic pain, the underlying cause could very well be an illness not identified by DHS such as rheumatoid arthritis or PTSD.
The general public needs to get over it. Realize that MMJ is here to stay in Arizona. instead of focusing on the fact that it's here, the state should have implemented a program that made sense; regulated it and taxed it. We're totally broke and our elected officials have now embroiled us in SIX useless state and federal lawsuits while DHS still issues patient cards and caregiver licenses. Certain people were in an uproar about 124 dispensaries growing under strict controls and now because of this mess, we have more than 13,000 people who can grow anywhere they like with basically reckless abandon. What sense does that make?
While the governor was lying to us telling us that she would implement the will of the people, Will Humble was doing his job. He created an EXCELLENT program athat would have undoubtedly been replicated by states around the country. What did he get for his efforts? He was sold down the river by his boss the Governor, his supposed "attorney", Tom Horne who, despite his client's wishes, was working behind his back, and a private citizen Carolyn Short who obviously had preferential access to the governor's office. It's really unbelievable that Arizona could ruin this program this badly!!
Despite their best efforts, the professionals in the industry are all doing our best to create a legitimate program designed to help those people who need it most, regardless of the obstacles - and biased articles such as this one - placed before us. The will of the people will prevail - Arizona just needs to come out of the dark ages and get over it and more importantly, get with it!Sep 16, 2011