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Pamela Powers, a progressive voice for Arizona

Over-Policing of Marijuana Possession by Maricopa County Attorney & ASU

The case of Andre Maestas, a student at Arizona State University and a medical marijuana card holder, is a prime example of what’s wrong with Arizona’s drug enforcement policies and … Continue reading

September 26, 2015

‘Marijuana Refugees’ Move to Colorado for Cannabis Oil to Treat Epilepsy

When I first heard Democracy Now’s headline about “marijuana refugees” moving to Colorado, I, of course, thought of stoners who want to freely buy weed from a retail outlet, but the riveting … Continue reading

May 10, 2014 · 10 Comments

High Marijuana Arrests: Signs of Racism & Over-Policing

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has released a new report on arrests and incarceration for marijuana possession. The findings are startling– in light of new research showing multiple medical … Continue reading

June 4, 2013 · 9 Comments

New Research: Regular Marijuana Users See Pre-Diabetes Benefit

A new research study published today in the American Journal of Medicine found that current marijuana users had significantly lower fasting insulin, were less likely to be insulin resistant (a … Continue reading

May 15, 2013 · 4 Comments

California medical marijuana crackdown: Is it Tom Horne’s fault?

Late last week US attorneys announced a crackdown on the “large, for-profit medical marijuana industry” in California. From CNN… [The attorneys sent] letters of warning to landlords and lien holders … Continue reading

October 11, 2011 · 11 Comments

Update on proposed 300% medical marijuana tax

Wednesday evening, I posted a story about the proposed 300% tax on medical marijuana, which blew up in the Citizen comments section and on state representatives’ facebook pages over night. … Continue reading

January 27, 2011 · 25 Comments

Drug Cartel Empowerment Act: Arizona Legislature proposes 300% sales tax on medical marijuana

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne announced today on the John C. Scott Show that it would be legal in Arizona to impose sales tax on medical marijuana. Although drug prescriptions … Continue reading

January 26, 2011 · 43 Comments
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The Tucson Progressive: Pamela J. Powers

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 focused on economic reforms to grow Arizona’s economy, establish a state-based public bank, fix our infrastructure, fully fund public education, grow local small businesses and community banks, and put people back to work at good-paying jobs.

In the Arizona House, I was a strong voice for fiscal responsibility a moratorium on corporate tax breaks until the schools were fully funded, increased cash assistance to the poor, expansion of maternal healthcare benefits, equal rights, choice, unions, education at all levels and protecting our water supply.

After three terms, I retired from the Arizona Legislature in January 2023 but will continue to blog and produce my podcast “A View from the Left Side.”