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Pamela Powers Hannley, a progressive voice for Arizona

Pot smokers ‘edgy’: Prop 203 still undecided

If Prop 203 eventually passes, people with a medical marijuana card will be able to purchase pot in multiple forms, and new businesses will spring up like weeds across the state.

Today– Nov. 12– is the deadline for county election officials to finalize the election that was held 10 days ago. Some races– like the governorship– were decided on Nov. 2.

But others remained close for days, due to mailed paper ballots that were delivered to a poling place on election day; provisional ballots (ie, those with a problem such as an address that didn’t match a person’s identification); and ballots that can’t be read by the optical scanner because they have write-in names or stray marks.

All of the candidate races have been called. Most notably, Southern Arizona Congressional Representatives Raul Grijalva (CD7) and Gabrielle Giffords (CD8), whose races were tight, were declared winners last week.

The three initiatives that remain undecided are Prop 112 which would change the deadlines for citizen initiative petitions, Prop 110 which would change the rules for state land swaps, and Prop 203 which would legalize medical marijuana in Arizona.

On Nov. 3, 350,000 votes were yet to be counted– mostly in Maricopa County. Today, Maricopa is the only hold-out, according to the Arizona Daily Star.

With tens of thousands of ballots to count in Maricopa County, Props 110 and 203 are losing by about 3000 votes, while Prop 112 is winning by less than 2000 votes, according to the Star. All three propositions have gained ground in the past week.

Arizona’s pot smokers will just have to find a way to de-stress while they wait until next week for a decision. Maybe some of them shouldn’t write in Micky Mouse for governor next time.

29 comments on “Pot smokers ‘edgy’: Prop 203 still undecided

  1. Jester
    November 12, 2010

    when are they gonna stop saying it’s just for ‘pot heads?’ the reason the number of NON-PROFIT dispensaries (as in NOT businesses popping up like weeds) are limited to 124 and a doctor’s recommendation needs to go through the health department is so the person who uses it recreationally can’t exploit a loophole.  i smoke pot recreationally and i voted for this, but it doesn’t mean im gonna cheat the system.  i don’t have a terminal illness, but i care about the people who do.  this bill isn’t for stoners, it’s for patients, so get it right.  by the way, people like me still have common sense regardless of how much we’ve inhaled.  but id rather vote for micky mouse than jan brewer

    • Pamela
      November 12, 2010

      I would rather vote for Micky Mouse than Jan Brewer also.
       
      In California– besides the dispensaries and the growing operations– Mom and Pop businesses making pot baked goods also have sprung up as a result of medical marijuana. (The interviews were on NPR.) So, yes, there will be small businesses– if it passes.

      • Mickey
        November 12, 2010

        Yeah for you, Pamela.     As I stated below this state has been in the Republican’s control for the last 40 years.  Now the bigot, Mormon Pearce is the president of the new tea party legislature , only the right wing thugs will rule.  They already have their private prisons ready.  Time for the revolution folks.

    • Shotgun Slade
      November 12, 2010

      Pot… IS just for potheads.

      You should’ve voted for Governor Jan Brewer, because mickey mouse is NOT real…

      What ELSE are you smoking?

      • Mickey
        November 12, 2010

        Brain-Dead Brewer is Minnie Mouse you fool.    The republicans have had this state in its power for over 40 years now.  The BS about a governor affecting anything is absurd.  All a governor can do is either sign a bill, or veto a bill.   Someday you may have cancer as I do.    Then I wish that you will suffer without the pain relief of the big Pharma drugs.     This state is in the worst shape in its history.

  2. Carolyn Classen
    November 12, 2010

    Latest update from SOS (from last night is that Prop 203 losing by only 1457 votes, but as you say, today is the deadline to finish tallying those provisional ballots.
    But Pima County voters were in favor of Prop 203:

    YES

    57.13%
    174,591

    NO

    42.87%
    131,017

    305,608

    L

    • fraser007
      November 12, 2010

      Why am I not surprised by this.

  3. dv85739
    November 12, 2010

    Without illegal drugs, pot in general, neither law enforcement or the MOB would make as much $!

    • Pamela
      November 12, 2010

      Yup– you got that right.
       
      Drug dealers, the mob, the gangs, law enforcement, the county attorney’s office (with bogus mj diversion classes), the private prison industry (with minimum sentencing)– they all have a vested interest in maintaining the “War on Drugs” status quo.

    • Mickey
      November 12, 2010

      Without the illegal pot trade there  would be only 50% of the cops needed.  It’s their job security.  They are basically on the same side as the cartels!

  4. Chris
    November 12, 2010

    People are suffering with cancer and many othe diseases that marijuana has been proven to help.whats wrong with giving a cancer patient a toke so they can relieve pain and be able to eat something. why take all those pills and meds that destroy your body.

    • fraser007
      November 12, 2010

      Why do we need 120 places in Arizona to sell the pot to people who are sick. I get most of my meds from a Rx mail company from my HMO. With a proper Rx from my doctor I get it mailed to me. I can see Arizona flooded with “doctors” who will be filling these Rx like free candy. This id such bullshit.

      • fraser007
        November 12, 2010

        Somebody answer me!! You all are quick with the answers, how about on this one.

      • leftfield
        November 12, 2010

        Nobody is answering because you posed it as a rhetorical question.

      • fraser007
        November 12, 2010

        OK. Why do we need 120 pot shops when you can get meds online with proper RX through online sources.

      • Barker
        November 12, 2010

        Maybe the same reason we have drug stores on every corner, and every grocery store fills prescriptions too. For various legitimate reasons, a large number of people need to get their prescriptions filled in person rather than by mail via an online source.

      • Pamela Powers
        November 14, 2010

        Sorry, Fraser, my Internet was down. I answered you on a different thread.
         
        Regarding mailing prescription pot, I’m sure established growers in California, Mexico, Columbia, and Oregon would LOVE to mail pot to US consumers, but it’s not legal (yet). Heck some states have protectionist laws against shipping wine to consumers. (Arizona used to have such a restriction, but I think it was repealed under Janet.)

  5. Totobot
    November 12, 2010

    I don’t get how people get all riled up about big government, but then are dead set against any type of personal drug use. Why should you care what I do to myself? Yeah if I get all crazy and actually commit A CRIME then I should be held fully accountable just as we do when people do stupid stuff with alcohol. Just say NO to the nanny state. This isn’t China… this is AMERICA dammit!

  6. killa
    November 12, 2010

    shotgun slade is a closed minded idiot that deserves terminal illness to see what it is like,,  or maybe since he likes shotguns so much that can be his medicinc

  7. tiponeill
    November 12, 2010

    Why do we need 120 pot shops when you can get meds online with proper RX through online sources.
    You can buy pot online ? – Wow

    • fraser007
      November 12, 2010

      You can buy all meds online. I do every month. I get my meds through Prescription Solutions. This is through my HMO. WHY will we need 120 pothead shops to get the weed to a few thousand cancer patients. The few thousand cancer patients can get their proper RX  through their doctors and they mail/email it in and get it the mail. We dont need a bunch of f*****g pot shops set up.

      • Pamela Powers
        November 14, 2010

        Fraser, the law was written that way. It enabled 120 non-profit dispensaries statewide.
         
        My understanding is Walgreens and other drug stores wanted to get into the pot distribution game until they found out it was going to be non-profit. This is still a bow to the nanny state, the Puritans amongst us, and the pharmaceutical industry, in my opinion. If pot is a prescription drug, it should be sold as other prescription drugs are, but this would make it readily available.
         
        Personally, I think all of this will end up in Congress or the Supreme Court some day. With Arizona, there are now 15 states + DC with medical marijuana, and the laws are all vastly different. In some states dispensaries are non-profit and growing operations are cooperatives; in other states there is close to full on capitalism. I think in Oregon personal cultivation is not restricted (which it is under the Arizona law.) All of these restrictions are silly.

      • tiponeill
        November 14, 2010

        You can buy all meds online. I do every month
        Nope – you can’t buy weed (which technically is not a “prescription drug” and is illegal in most states.
        As you well know, with your rhetorical “question”.

  8. Barker
    November 12, 2010

    Maybe the same reason we have drug stores on every corner, and every grocery store fills prescriptions too. For various legitimate reasons, a large number of people need to get their prescriptions filled in person rather than by mail via an online source.

    • fraser007
      November 12, 2010

      Where have you people been. Mail Rx is very common.

      • Pamela Powers
        November 14, 2010

        Insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies like mailed meds because they don’t need stores (no middle man). The system encourages consumers to use more drugs because they set you up on an automatic renewal and automatic deduction from your bank account or credit card. That’s too much control for me.

      • fraser007
        November 14, 2010

        I do it for many of my meds. I got tired of driving down to Walgreens etc all the time. Saves time and gas. I now use the Walmart/Walgreens more often because of the cost.Their core meds are $4.00.  They want you walking into the drug store/walmart so you will buy more junk. Thats  Control for you.
        I have another big question. If Merck came out with a drug that would relieve the pain of cancer treatments or for pain/illness from some other disease/illness would all you “Progressives” be as gitty as you are for the weed?? I bet you would not give a damn and just hope that you never get the disease.

  9. Jester
    November 12, 2010

    yea, but if they mailed it, they’d have to get it through somebody too.  where, california?  last i looked they’re boycotting us because we considered ‘border security.’ it’s not like pharamaceutical agencies (which own the online RX community) want to grow pot themselves.  they wouldn’t get to play with all those test tubes (and they can’t regulate how much a patient pays for medicine when, if said patient has the proper know-how, finds a seed and grows another plant without paying).  and beyond that, how would people register to qualify online and have it shipped right to their doorstep?  not possible, as that would likely end up being a backdoor to abuse.  that’s why MMD’s usually have a security guard who checks the patient’s reference and credentials before letting them onto the ‘sales floor.’ mailing weed over the internet is not a viable option, trust me on that.

  10. citizentoo
    November 22, 2010

    Anyone caught and convicted for selling illegal drugs or pot should be executed.  It works in other countries.  It would also eliminate the desire for the illegals to come here and milk our resources.

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The Tucson Progressive: Pamela Powers Hannley

I stand on the side of Love. I believe in kindness to all creatures on Earth and the inherent self-worth of all individuals--not just people who agree with me or look like me.

Widespread economic and social injustice prompted me to become a candidate for the Arizona House, representing Legislative District 9 in the 2016 election. My platform focuses on economic reforms to grow Arizona's economy, establish a state-based public bank, fix our infrastructure, fully fund public education, growlocal small businesses and community banks, and put people back to work at good-paying jobs. I also stand for equal rights, choice, and paycheck fairness for women. I am running as a progressive and running clean.

My day job is managing editor for the American Journal of Medicine, an academic medicine journal with a worldwide circulation. In addition, my husband and I co-direct Arizonans for a New Economy, Arizona's public banking initiative. I am a member of the national board of the Public Banking Institute, and I am co-chair of the Arizona Democratic Progressive Caucus, the largest caucus of the Arizona Democratic Party.

I am a published author, photographer, videographer, clay artist, mother, nana, and wife. I have a bachelor's degree in journalism from Ohio State University and a masters in public health from the University of Arizona. I grew up in Amherst, Ohio, but I have lived in Tucson, Arizona since 1981. I am a proud member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson and the Public Relations Society of America.

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