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July 14, 2010

Another marijuana ballot proposition worth watching this November

California's Proposition 19 calling for the legalization of marijuana even for recreational uses is, of course, the biggest drug war political story this November.  But as detailed in this local piece from Arizona, which is headlined "Prop 203: Details on Push to Legalize Medical Marijuana," another western state has a pot ballot proposition worth watching.  Here are the basic details:

Whether to legalize medical marijuana will be on the ballot this November, and Arizona voters will decide whether to allow doctors to prescribe it to some patients. And the state hopes to regulate the drug if the measure passes.

"We need to have rules in place from the outset," says Andrew Myers, campaign manager for the Arizona Medical Marijuana Policy Project. Myers says California's problem is that they failed to limit the number of marijuana dispensaries and the patients who could get the plants....

Proposition 203 lists patients with cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, ALS, Crohn's disease and Alzheimer's as prime candidates for medical marijuana -- but leaves the door open for any number of symptoms from nausea to severe pain, which has opponents worried.

"It's really not about medical marijuana it's about decriminalization, and tying up the hands of the police, the prosecutors, and the courts," says Doug Hebert, who's mounting a campaign against Proposition 203.

His primary concerns are access to kids and teens, lax regulation, and the fact that those who don't live within 25 miles of a dispensary can grow their own. "We're going to have actually be plagued with indoor groves around the state of Arizona, because most of Arizona is rural area."

Of course, Arizona is already a hot-spot for criminal justice federalism issues due to its new state illegal immigration law.  In addition, the "grow-your-own" provision in Arizona's Prop 203 would add a new layer of complication to the various enforcement issues that states with medicial marijuana regulations already encounter.  Throw in ever-present debates over how the drug war contributes to violence at the border, and this Arizona pot proposition is clearly worth watching in the months ahead.

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It is 2010 and we are still busting down doors and arresting citizens for he horrible crime of smoking a plant that is much safer than tobacco or alcohol. All prohibition has achieved is the creation, over the last 40 years, of a dangerous and powerful, jackbooted enforcement cartel that thrives and grows on the backs of cannabis users. Get this: What a responsible adult chooses to do in his home while harming no one else should not be the concern of our Government. Bust into alcoholic's homes, and even shoot there dogs, to prevent them from harming their families or driving, why just pick on us cannabis users? Bust into homes to prevent people from abusing their legal medicines, bust into homes to keep them from eating too much. When does it end? What ever happened to the right to be secure in our homes and properties? Wasn't that a constitutional right? When did it become okay to rip our doors off and invade our homes over the use of a botanical herb?

Posted by: denbee | Jul 15, 2010 2:12:42 AM

Glass pipes and bongs are not the problem. The problem is a drug policy that is illogical and harmful to the population. The prohibition of marijuana brings with it terrible consequences not the least of which are a major drug war in Mexico that is poised to spill over the border.

Posted by: Sunflower | Jul 15, 2010 1:04:03 PM

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