If you’re a veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and reside in Arizona or Colorado, you’ll soon have the chance to take part in a medical marijuana study being conducted by California-based Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). The approval “marks the first time a clinical trial intended to develop smoked botanical marijuana into a legal prescription drug has received full approval from U.S. regulatory agencies,” according to MAPS.
As it currently stands, once an initiative has been adopted by voters, lawmakers are only able to alter it if it ‘furthers the purpose’ of the original measure and in order for lawmakers to do this they need 3/4ths vote in both the House and Senate. Why? Because in 1996 AZ lawmakers overturned a voter approved medical marijuana initiative, and we didn’t like that so in ’98 we voted to remove their power to do so with the Voter Protection Act.
So now if voters approve HCR 2043, the Voter Protection Act of ’98 will be repealed. If that happens then the legislature would be able to overturn any voter approved initiative so long as they receive the same margin of votes in the House and Senate.
So for example, if voters move to legalize recreational marijuana this year, lets say by 53 percent, lawmakers could vote to overturn the new law so long as 53 percent of the House and Senate agree. Of course, this bill would only allow the legislature to overturn new initiatives, they can’t touch any initiative approved by voters in the past. This is still bad news for Arizona voters who elect these officials to work for us, not against us.
For more reading on this issue, see this article on Arizona Daily Star.
Rep. Kelly Townsend, R-Mesa, and Rep. Jay Lawrence, R-Scottsdale have both started pushing to make it more difficult to obtain medical marijuana for certain groups. Here’s the kicker, it may be illegal since the medical marijuana law was put in place by voters not the legislature.
“The Arizona Constitution spells out that voter-approved measures can be altered only with a super-majority vote. It’s possible that Townsend and Lawrence could get that margin.
But any change needs to “further the purpose” of the original measure.“
Rep. Kelly Townsend is trying to make it illegal for a pregnant woman to use medical marijuana, regardless if her doctor says it would be beneficial. Essentially overruling the doctor’s orders for the patient. Ridiculous!
Rep. Jay Lawrence would like to make it so only allopathic and osteopathic physicians can write medical marijuana recommendations. As it stands now, naturopaths and homeopaths are allowed to recommend medical marijuana to their patients, but if Rep. Jay Lawrence gets his way, this will change.
It truly is a shame these lawmakers can’t just respect the voter’s and leave us be.
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As the article says, this ruling is a defeat for prosecutors trying to charge MMJ patients with DUI.
“People with marijuana in their system can escape drugged-driving charges if they can show they weren’t “high” enough to be impaired, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled this morning.
The justices rejected a claim by two individuals that the fact they have a state-issued card allowing them to ingest the drug automatically means they cannot be charged with driving while impaired. Chief Justice Scott Bales, writing for the unanimous court, said nothing in the 2010 voter-approved law allowing the medical use of marijuana provides such immunity.
But Bales said the presence of marijuana is not proof that someone is actually impaired. And he pointed out the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act itself has a similar requirement.
What today’s ruling does is create what is called an “affirmative defense” for those charged, allowing them to prove to a court “that the concentration of marijuana or its impairing metabolite in their bodies is insufficient to cause impairment.”
Today’s ruling is a defeat for prosecutors.
They argued there is no commonly accepted threshold to determine what amount of marijuana causes impairment. And that, they said, makes it inappropriate to allow those who have used the drug — and still have evidence of it in their bodies — to escape conviction.“
It might be much easier to purchase your medical marijuana in Tempe pretty soon. Via AZCentral
“Eighteen-year-olds could soon be allowed in Tempe medical-marijuana dispensaries, and stores may be allowed to lengthen their hours.
The changes would be part of a series of tweaks the city could make to its medical-marijuana rules.
Dispensary operator Steve White is asking the city for some of the changes. He believes the current rules hurt his customers.
For one, Tempe is the only city in the Valley that requires dispensaries to close at 6 p.m.
‘We are the only place where some people can go get a very specific type of product,’ White said. ‘Some of (our customers) work in outlying areas of the Valley, and it’s very challenging for them to make it to the dispensary by six o’clock. We often hear stories about people racing to the dispensary to try to get there in time.’
White is asking the city to extend the closing time to 10 p.m.
In addition, White wants Tempe to align itself with other cities and lower the age limit to customers 18 and older. Currently, Tempe is the only city in the state to limit dispensary visitors to adults 21 and older.” [Continue Reading]