Will Arizona go to (recreational) pot?

The sham of imperiling our youth for the promise of $300 million a year

The guise of medical marijuana has been a scheme that fooled no one. Suddenly there was a rise in youthful patients experiencing “chronic pain” and desperately in need of a “prescription” dispensed by pain doctors, who just happened to be working out of dispensaries with a marijuana plant on the building‘s signage.

The deceptively titledSmart and Safe Arizona Act* was filed Friday with the Secretary of State’s Office. There is little doubt the well-funded measure will collect the necessary signatures to be on the 2020 ballot.

To make the initiative with the deceptive name appear palatable to Arizona voters who turned down a similar measure in 2016, the current version has seemingly socially conscientious provisions attached via a 16% excise tax — including $15 million from the “medical fund” to be directed to the state universities’ Arizona Teacher Academy, $10 million to the Department of Health Services for public health programs and $10 million to the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to reduce impaired driving. Stoned drivers presumably will not get the same level of scrutiny as inebriated ones, who aren’t integral to the charade. It also promises to create thousands of “good-paying jobs” across Arizona, no doubt in dispensaries. The few penalties that are incorporated in the initiative are nothing more than a slap on the wrist.

Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy raises awareness about the harms of marijuana and other substances, and opposes the legalization of marijuana. Its website states: Marijuana is a harmful, addictive substance. Public policy decisions involving marijuana should be based on science, not made in the ballot box.

As a gift to those with multiple convictions, the ballot initiative facilitates expungement and sealing of arrest records, convictions, adjudications, and sentences that were predicated on conduct made lawful by this Act.

For those seeking a more rational, medical assessment of marijuana usage, we urge you to readMarijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence,” a Hillsdale College Imprimus article by Alex Berenson. He details a conversation with his wife, Dr. Jacqueline Berenson, then a senior psychiatrist at Mid-Hudson Forensic Psychiatric Institute. It’s one of three places the state of New York sends the criminally mentally ill defendants judged not guilty by reason of insanity.

There’s no flim-flam. Just cold, hard facts you won’t soon forget. We hope you’ll recall the article when it comes time to vote on this sow’s ear of a measure.

 *H/T AZFamily.com TV 3

5 Responses to Will Arizona go to (recreational) pot?

  1. Matt DeGennaro says:

    The left pushes legalization of recreational drugs because a doped up populace is easier to manipulate. There is no coincidence this is being promoted while Donald Trump is in the White House.

    The plan is for Americans to become the Romans of old, watching their society crumble before their eyes but preferring to be lulled into mindlessness by the distractions of “bread and circuses.” The Roman citizens lost their will to defend what they had built. Their previously held concepts of civic duty waned and they became ripe for takeover as ignorance and complacency took hold.

    This was written by Juvenal a highly regarded Roman satirist around 100 C.E. as he expressed his contempt for his countrymen:
    “Already long ago, from when we sold our vote to no man, the people have abdicated our duties; for the people who once upon a time handed out military command, high civil office, legions — everything, now restrains itself and anxiously hopes for just two things: bread and circuses.”

    As a means of gaining and retaining power, the Roman elite provided cheap food and free wheat for bread and fermenting beer to the citizens as well as gladiators fighting to the death or circuses as a diversion.

    Today too many are content with sports, beer, and vacuous celebrities who our kids know more about than they do our American Founders and our own American history. They believe there is nothing worth fighting for and think political correctness is the answer to societal problems. That’s how we ended up with Barack Obama.

  2. CD 4 Conservative says:

    The lazy Prescott News has printed the marijuana legalization group’s press release as a news report just removing the contact heading and words “Media Release.” The pro-legalization of the so-called “recreational marijuana” group is run by leftist Stacy Pearson of Strategies 360.

    She used $$ millions in funding donated to Paul Penzone’s campaign by Socialist billionaire George Soros in a concerted effort with the leftwing Arizona Republic to defeat popular 6-term Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

    These recreational marijuana people are shameless and devoid of a conscience.

  3. Saguaro Sam says:

    It’s all about control.
    A patient becomes very dependent on the “provider”.
    The patient becomes easy to manipulate.
    It’s mind control.

    It’s SCIENCE. But it doesn’t get taught to the masses anymore.

    A substance, whether it be an Rx or that crosses the blood/brain barrier DOES (no question about it) ALTER the body’s response to pain and other stimuli.

    The THC component of marijuana is that which Alters cognitive abilities, and ultimately does irreversible damage to the brain, and then the rest of the body.

    The inconvenient truth is that changes Can be seen upon certain radiographic exams of the brain (loss of grey matter, thinning of the cortex, which does not correlate with a fall or accident, or disease process).

    Add to this the violent video games; movies, and the noise that is called music—changing wave-length frequency can do more than you know.
    Again, Science.

    Too bad there is no investigative reporting done here in Arizona.

    Marijuana is Big Business. It’s become very sophisticated and the product is becoming more potent.

    Find out who is invested in it.

    Who’s receiving campaign donations from this industry or its backers?

    • Jim Nasium says:

      Excellent points, Sam.

      We need to be aware of the duplicity and make no mistake, it is all about money. Former House Speaker John Boehner, the crying drunk, hopped onboard this sleazy but lucrative train sometime back. He might have ditched his booze for what he now calls, “cannabis,” and broadly grins on his way to the bank.

      • Not Fooled says:

        So did “Judge Jeanine Pirro” after she was temporarily suspended from Fox News. She would have no one, even her network bosses, question her authority. I wonder how much more she’s raking in from the marijuana industry? If I saw her on TV today, I’d flip the channel. I have seen firsthand the devastation marijuana usage brings to young minds. It’s described accurately in the Imprimis article linked to in this post.