AZ Prop - 203, 'Medical Marijuana - The Law - Scientific Medical Research Denied - and the WHOLE TRUTH ... Really!

Like You - I am a TEA Party member who has chosen to educate myself, and only then seriously debate ALL issues affecting our many failed and costly government policies.

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About The Author -

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I was a member for three years, and an elected Co-Director of ‘Phoenix NORML’ (Group), working with the National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Law. One of my many tasks in this position was to help coordinate information and news source material into the most effective public education campaign’s possible, to facilitate meaningful positive change in U.S. Marijuana drug laws, and to keep it specifically focused here in AZ.

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I’m a ‘Cannabis Community’ Spokesman, however, the vast majority of My 40 years of vocal public debate & written/published newspaper opposition to city government (Flagstaff, AZ) anti-small business ‘zoning laws’, voter fraud, bid-rigging of federal projects, and environmentalist’s adnauseam whining about public land use policies – have certainly kept me busy - while praying for a ‘miracle’ - like these American TEA Parties to finally form up!

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It’s not my intent to try and change your mind on How to vote on AZ Prop #203, but when scientific discovery, and social policies are selectively presented, in a deliberate attempt to manipulate and injure ALL Americans, I MUST & WILL speak out!

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ALL the political presentations I’ve heard, and all information I’ve read on the TEA Party web pages are focused on why you should Vote NO on AZ Prop 203. I submit that when this measure passes – and it will pass – that all TEA Party members should know the truth about why this has happened. Please consider the following …

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"States have led the medical marijuana movement largely because federal policymakers have consistently rejected petitions to authorize the prescription of marijuana as a Schedule II controlled substance that has both a risk of abuse ‘And’ accepted medical uses.

(Marijuana is now classed as ‘schedule I’ with serious hard drugs like heroin, cocaine, etc.)

Restrictive federal law and, until recently, aggressive federal law enforcement have hamstrung research and medical practice involving marijuana."

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"Medical experts emphasize the need to reclassify marijuana as a Schedule II drug to facilitate rigorous scientific evaluation of the potential therapeutic benefits of cannabinoids and to determine the optimal dose and delivery route for conditions in which efficacy is established.2 This research could provide the basis for regulation by the Food and Drug Administration. Current roadblocks to conducting clinical trials, however, make this more rational route of approval unlikely and perpetuate the development of state laws that lack consistency or consensus on basic features of an evidence-based therapeutic program."

Source: Hoffman, Diane E., and Weber, Ellen, "Medical Marijuana and the Law,"

New England Journal of Medicine (Boston, MA: Massachusetts Medical Society, April 22, 2010)

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The bottom line - is that if the individual states don’t vote for change -

it will never happen!

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Currently, Medical Cannabis cannot be discussed without FULL references to all manor of criminal behaviors, drug addicts, law enforcement problems & countless other perceived dangers. Also, there is NO universally acceptable ‘forum’ to examine the ‘validity’ of Medical Marijuana as a Health Issue - without first – debating some ‘complete solution’ to the ENTIRE range of all drug use problems!

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So, take a hard look at where we’re headed – with a few government statistics’

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(2009) U.S. State prison inmates (for drug offenses) increased 550% in the last 20 years.

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(2009) Of 1,663,582 total arrests for drug abuse this year, (51.6%) were for marijuana.

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(2010) A Drug Arrest Occurs Today in America – Every 18 Seconds!

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(2010) FBI, DEA, and DOJ reports indicate that there are MORE drugs, of HIGHER QUALITY, at a LOWER COST, and more readily available to our children, than ever before in American history. (after 40 years now of a 'War On Drugs'???)

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Consider what ALL the rest of Americans have also lost, in the last “40 Years” as well,

and do not assume that we are defending our cause, without full & sober consideration of the following …

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‘Change’s’ since 1970 – Originally billed as “Necessary” to fight the ‘War On Drugs

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· Police now use ‘No Knock’ and ‘Warrentless’ search powers - on everyone.

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· The Courts allow ‘Anonymous & Confidential Witnesses’ now - against everyone.

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· RICO cash and property seizures are valid & final, unless defended - by everyone.

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· Pre-employment & 'random' workplace drug tests are required - for everyone.

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· Luggage Searches on trains & busses for ‘people who pay cash for their tickets’.

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· Increasingly ‘federalized state police’ conducting - neighborhood drug ‘sweeps’.

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· Expanded Wiretap, Internet, and bank records snooping now OK - for everyone.

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· Police Courtesy (dual-purpose) DUI chokepoint stops, - with drug sniffing dogs.

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Any government program that has to strip all Americans of their Constitutional Rights & Liberties, to be enforced so ineffectually, and so expensively, is both - extremely dangerous and demanding of major modifications or repeal. The Public Education Campaign to stop Tobacco Smoking has reduced usage BY 50% in a little over 10 years, and is a perfect example of the 'correct methodology' to employ here, as well.

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News Flash’ - The Cannabis Community is ALSO part of America! We own businesses, raise families, love GOD and country, and pay our taxes just like you. While many of you have a health insurance plan, regular doctor, chiropractor, dentist, optometrist and health spa membership – a larger majority of us do not. We are people who treat ourselves with home remedies, some of which may be grown in our gardens, or collected off the land. We do not Dial-911 because we cannot afford the $2000 ambulance ride, or the $500 a day hospital room rent commonly charged to anyone ‘without insurance’. We are the folks who seek out alternative, self-manageable, or less invasive health care options to avoid financially ruinous medical bills.

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Our Rights will be protected by - AZ Prop – 203.

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For a complete understanding of the serious nature of America’s Drug Enforcement dilemma, I strongly suggest you take a 13-½ minute break here and view a video clip from a group by the name of LEAP, who offer solid, common sense, and radically different, solutions to enforce our nations laws, and to protect the lives and Constitutional Liberties of all our citizens.

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LAW ENFORCEMENT AGAINST PROHIBITION (L.E.A.P)

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Founded in 2002, and now with a membership of over 15,000 active duty and retired Law Enforcement professionals representing Police, Judges, Prosecutors, Prison Wardens, both FBI and DEA agents, officers and detectives working undercover in narcotics, and clergy, of the United States and now 86 other foreign countries.

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Here is the video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LayaGkOTMDc

(If link does not come upUse youtube search name ‘Law Enforcement Against Prohibition’)

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And, here is their website http://www.leap.cc/cms/index.php

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Should you be inclined to consider a much more effective, and less costly ‘total approach’ to solving America’s drug use problems, and all the associated social enforcement requirements, then please take time to fully review –

'The EFFECTIVE NATIONAL DRUG CONTROL STRATEGY – 1999' http://www.csdp.org/edcs/

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IN CONCLUSION – Some Final Observations

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Some people will always USE illegal drugs and due entirely to the inflated value of these drugs, which is caused by PROHIBITIONsome people will always want to SELL these drugs.

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If society educates the ‘users’, and then regulates the sale of ‘illegal’ drugs, the criminals will lose all their customers, stop their direct marketing plans to our children - and therefore will be FORCED TO QUIT BY LOSING ALL THEIR PROFITS.

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The FULL COST of America’s total prison population (the highest in the world) is never correctly reported as-also-including - the cost welfare programs for the spouse or family of a convicted drug user. With the breadwinner locked up, families lose their homes, and the convict becomes possibly unemployable when they get released. Society pays for this too.

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Thank You for your time to consider this material

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Comment by Mark Pentecost on October 26, 2010 at 11:29pm
You are correctly very worried about drinking and driving and the death and destruction it causes. ME TOO! I doubt the accuracy of your statements though, because without a blood test (which cops don't administer on the side of the road), every thing you have seen is 'supposedly' due to Marijuana, or in other words, the 'assumption' of the officer on scene. You are very correct though about Marijuana having a 'compounding effect' when used WITH alcohol. A Bad combination indeed. You are also correct in that as of today - There IS NO TEST to determine the 'exact level' of driver impairment by Marijuana. Medical science has determined that ANY amount consumed, whether one puff, or sip of hemp tea, or smoking a whole damned pound of the stuff (impossible, but allowable for this debate) - yields the same result, that is, you have the 'metabolites' in your system. Those metabolites will remain in your system for at least 10 days, if you are a lean, wirey, active sort of guy, or up to 30 days if you are a couch potato. The Prop-203 wording specifically talks about NOT driving anything while impaired, however, this point WILL BE hotly debated after this law is passed. It has already been determined that Marijuana's effects on the body are realitively short lived and are only a minor problem for about 2 or 3 hours. The only 'driving reaction time' study of this, that I am aware of, is recent, and indicates that if anything, folks who have consumed Marijuana are more cautious, and consequently slow down. I will close with an observation that many cops find funny and admittedly true, and that is - a drunk driver is the person who try's to run a yellow/turned red light and kills people - but a 'pot head', as you so affectionatly call them, are the folks who pull up to a stop sign - and sit there, waiting for it to turn green, before proceeding. I want to thank you for giving me a chance to share this additional information though, and I do appreciate your concern and comments here. We all want to share Arizonas roads - safely, together.

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