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6/18/2014 8:33:00 AM
Medical marijuana issue on mayor's mind

Chris Marley
Mayor of Chino Valley


In November of 2010, the citizens of the State of Arizona approved Proposition 203, thus making legal the use of marijuana for medical purposes.

Because this came from the citizens of the state rather than being legalized on a federal level, the usual means of drug manufacture, control, and distribution were not utilized. If the approval had come from the federal level, marijuana would have probably been grown on large farms in the Midwest owned by the major drug companies, prescribed by your local doctor, and picked up at the pharmacy window at Walgreens or Safeway like any other prescription medication.

Instead, we now have medical marijuana cards, local growing facilities, and medical marijuana dispensaries, all administered under the Arizona Department of Health Services.

At a study session back in October of 2013, the Chino Valley Town Council went through approximately 100 pages of regulations regarding inspection, inventory control, and security for medical marijuana growing facilities and dispensaries.

Because medical marijuana can be legally grown and distributed throughout Arizona, it is essential that the Council be informed regarding the regulations for the industry. The regulating authorities for the medical marijuana industry in the State of Arizona are ARS36-2801: The Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, and State Regulations Title 9: Health Services, Chapter 17: Medical Marijuana Program.

The Chino Valley Town Council has adopted several resolutions regarding the marijuana industry: Resolution No. 14-1025 (a resolution opposing the legalization of recreational marijuana), and Resolution No. 14-1030 (a resolution in support of legislation to impose tax on facilities growing medical marijuana), as well as clarifying the language in the Town's Unified Development Ordinance.

Regardless of where we may stand on the medical marijuana issue, the majority of Arizona's voters who showed up at the polls in 2010 voted to legalize its use.

Since we never know what will get legalized next, I strongly encourage you to participate in your own future. Get registered and vote at the next election. You just might make a difference.




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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Article comment by: GONE FISHING

END OF TOPIC. I DON'T HAVE DISCUSIONS WITH STONERS.

Posted: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Article comment by: @ Gone Fishing

First, your caps lock appears to be broken. I'm sure a new keyboard could be had at a local Goodwill store.

Second, how many people, in the history of the world, have died from marijuana overdose? And don't try to claim that "so and so was high and crashed into a family and killed them", because that is a different matter. "Driving under the influence" is illegal, period, no matter whether that is alcohol, marijuana, etc. I'm talking purely about a legitimate death caused by smoking marijuana. If you would do a history check, chances are, those "Woodstock entertainers" died from other, much more serious drugs like cocain, heroin, etc.

If you think Jimi Hendrix (fixed that spelling for you) or Janis Joplin died because of marijuana, you might need to start checking your facts before posting them in a public forum.


Posted: Sunday, June 22, 2014
Article comment by: GONE FISHING

WELL YOU PUNKS THAT THINK YOU KNOW IT ALL. FOR 5 YEARS IN THE MID 1960S I WAS ASSIGNED TO NARCOTICS IN WEST HOLLYWOOD CA. I HAVE HEARD EVERY STORY THERE IS ABOUT HOW GREAT
WEED or POT AND BIG TIME DRUGS ARE GOOD FOR YOU.
I HAVE SEEN PEOPLE SO SICK FROM DRUGS
IT WOULD MAKE YOU PUKE YOUR GUTS OUT IF YOU SAW THEM. BUT YES THEY CAN QUIT ANY TIME.
50 % OF WOODSTOCK ENTERTAINERS ARE NOW DEAD FROM DRUGS. PROBABLY ANOTHER 50% OF THE 60S ENTERTAINERS ARE DEAD DUE TO DRUGS OF ONE KIND OR ANOTHER.
DO YOU THINK YOU CAN GET A DECENT JOB AFTER SMOKING? NO 95 % OF BUSINESS REQUIRE A DRUG TEST AND YOUR LITTLE CARD IS NOT VALID . TO OVER RIDE THAT TEST. THEY SHOULD HAVE A SIGN IN THE WINDOW " STONERS NOT WELCOME HERE "


Posted: Saturday, June 21, 2014
Article comment by: Go fishing Please

Why is the mayor concerning himself with my medical decisions? We're grownups. We've got this.

Posted: Friday, June 20, 2014
Article comment by: Native Arizonan

@ GONE FISHING:
So....you're saying Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix were addicted to marijuana? And that means what, exactly? In the context of Medicinal marijuana, absolutely nothing. Should recreational MJ be on the ballot at some point, the people of Arizona will vote their choice. Try educating yourself.
Many veterans and cancer patients rely on the pain relief they receive from MJ, a heck of a lot safer and non-addictive than Oxy any day. And they can function far more normally when using it ie, "Quality of Life".
In Yavapai County, where there is more med MJ cards per capita than any other County in Az, you're probably just going to have deal with it.
To deny veterans and those in terminally ill pain, is unconscionable.


Posted: Thursday, June 19, 2014
Article comment by: GONE FISHING

HERE'S A QUOTE FOR YOU. WHO SAID " IT'S NOT ADDICTIVE I CAN QUIT ANY TIME " .
A. JANIS JOPLIN
B. JIMMY HENDRICKS
C. ALL THE ABOVE


Posted: Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Article comment by: GONE FISHING

LET'S GO THRU THE SECOND TO LAST PARAGRAPH. AND THIS REMINDS ME OF WHAT OR MOTHERS USED TO TELL US.
MOM CAN I SMOKE POT ? MY BEST FRIEND
GETS TO SMOKE IT.
WELL LITTLE JOHNNY NO. IF YOU WERE IN CALIFORNIA AND YOUR FRIEND SMOKED A JOINT AND THEN DOVE OFF THE VINCENT THOMAS BRIDGE INTO THE HARBOUR, WOULD YOU DO THAT TO BECAUSE HE WAS YOUR FRIEND .?




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