Saturday May 18, 2013
Arizona Medical Marijuana Program: Reefer Madness, Crazy cannabis and Ganja goofinessDr. Phil Leveque Salem-News.com
Nonsensical legislation is a confusing strategy for Arizona's awkward plan.
(MOLALLA, Ore.) - The NY times printed a poignant critique of the Arizona plan on Friday June 8, 2012. I was shocked into uncontrolled bewilderment about their regulations.
If the Arizona officials were morally against marijuana, why didn’t they just say so? Their regulations were/are an immoral vicious attack on medical patients who have found that medical marijuana is better relief than any or most standard medications.
I am constrained to go through their falderal so the reader will understand their foolishness:
Michael Backes, a director of research and development for Abaitin, a consultant for three dispensaries in California says, "(the doctor) has got to be able to understand the science (of marijuana) and apply this science."
There are very few physicians in the USA who have this knowledge and probably none in Arizona.
Arizona will limit 126 legal dispensary licenses. They will end up having hundreds more unlicensed and uncontrolled.
They will require marijuana physicians to analyze 12 months of patients’ medical records before certifying patients [this is beyond absurd].
They will require dispensary applicants to have 150,000 dollars in CASH for each dispensary. This cuts at least 90% of applicants out. Period. They will probably sell anyhow!
Arizona asked Federal courts to clarify the conflict between state and federal marijuana laws. THEY REFUSED. About 500 persons applied for the 126 licenses. It will take months to resolve this. ($150,000 each?)
The new law will issue credit card-like ID cards which will be “swiped” and allow 2.5 ounces every two weeks. This will not be enough for many people.
The law further says “growers must keep records of how much they are growing, delivery trips would generate a record like a moving company bill of lading how much and where”. Are you getting confused?
Will Humble state director of the program said, "the medical directors at the dispensaries would make it less likely that dispensaries would evolve into the type of place where you just come in and get stuff to get stoned."
Does he think he can get medical directors to do this??
This has turned out to be one of the most ridiculous proposals I have ever read about. It is my understanding that Arizona is a place where peoyote (mescaline) is widely used. It sounds like maybe morning glory seeds, magic mushrooms or LSD might be involved in formulating these regulations.
MARIJUANA IS STILL THE SAFEST, MOST USEFUL MEDICINE
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