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Pamela J. Powers, a progressive voice for Arizona

Medical marijuana: City of Mesa clears way for new ‘Mormon Trail’

Back in the early 1980s, I interviewed an old rancher who lived in Dragoon, Arizona for a feature story about rural Cochise County. His 1800s stone ranch house was decorated … Continue reading

December 11, 2010 · 10 Comments

Marketing medical marijuana? A new ‘U’ can help you

While the Arizona Bar Association diddles around trying to decide whether or not they will represent would-be medical marijuana businesses and while bureaucrats cook up regulatory roadblocks, at least one … Continue reading

December 7, 2010 · 6 Comments

Medical marijuana: Arizona Bar Association clarifies stance on legal representation

Over the weekend, the Arizona Bar Association issued a press release reiterating that they really haven’t made up their minds what to do about legal representation for would-be medical marijuana … Continue reading

December 6, 2010 · 8 Comments

Medical marijuana: Is Arizona a ‘nanny state’ or a ‘free market’ state?

Arizona bureaucrats are wringing their hands over the implementation of Prop 203– the medical marijuana law that voters approved in November 2010. The roadblocks that bureaucrats like Pima County Attorney … Continue reading

December 6, 2010 · 26 Comments

Medical marijuana: Is the Arizona Bar Association obstructing justice?

The Arizona Bar Association recently announced that Arizona lawyers may not be able to assist would-be clients who have a legal problem related to the state’s new medical marijuana law. … Continue reading

December 4, 2010 · 26 Comments

Alcohol and marijuana: The xenophobic origins of prohibition

Prohibition of alcohol by adoption of the 18th Amendment to the US Constitution in 1920 was a xenophobic measure, as much as a temperance movement, according to Last Call, a … Continue reading

October 11, 2010 · 5 Comments

LaWall continues campaign against medical marijuana

Pima County Attorney Barbara LaWall and other attorneys from her office are continuing their campaign against medical marijuana, which is on the November 2 ballot as Prop 203. LaWall and … Continue reading

October 10, 2010 · 19 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.”