Arizona Legislature to Consider Bills to Legalize and Decriminalize Marijuana

Jan 09, 2015 , , , , ,

Rep. Mark Cardenas

MPP believes legalizing, taxing, and regulating marijuana for adults 21 and over is a more sensible approach than continuing failed prohibition policies, and so does Arizona state Rep. Mark Cardenas. He recently introduced HB 2007, a bill that would treat marijuana like alcohol, similar to the laws of Colorado, Washington, Alaska, and Oregon. If you are an Arizona resident, please take a moment to contact your state senator and representative and voice your support.

Marijuana prohibition has been just as ineffective, inefficient, and problematic as alcohol prohibition, and both national and Arizona polls now regularly show support for a better approach. Marijuana is less harmful than alcohol. Regulating it would replace the underground market, and law enforcement officials’ time could be more effectively directed to addressing serious crime.

Rep. Cardenas has also introduced HB 2006, which would establish a $100 civil penalty for the possession of an ounce or less of marijuana. In addition to the four states that have legalized marijuana for adults, well over a dozen states have lowered criminal penalties with sensible alternatives to putting people in jail for choosing a substance that is safer than alcohol.

Please support these important bills, and pass this message on to friends, family, and supporters in Arizona!

9 responses to “Arizona Legislature to Consider Bills to Legalize and Decriminalize Marijuana”

  1. I felt like I was missing out last year during all the hubbub in Alaska. You have my support, as an Arizona resident, MPP.

  2. While I certainly support MPP’s positions, I believe Rep. Cardenas’ true intent is to ensure the most amount of government control is established. The AZ Legislature’s majority do not want legalization to appear on the 2016 ballot because they would forfeit significant portions of the control they covet.

  3. If you want things to get worse in our world, just legalize marijuana will have a bunch of pot heads running around doing no telling what. Crimes will probably go up, families will have more problems , Mom and Dad will be smoking pot in front of their children, then in turn the kids will be next to smoke pot. They see Mom and Dad doing it, and that’s the example they are going by. Such a sad thing.

  4. Steve Bresler is correct. Here’s an excerpt from a Capitol Media Services news article published 12/31/14:

    “Cardenas said a big selling point on having a plan adopted by the Legislature is that question of control.

    The Arizona Constitution says lawmakers cannot repeal or make major alterations on anything approved by voters. They can make more minor changes — but only if the amendments ‘further the purpose’ of the original voter-approved law and only with a three-fourths vote of both the House and the Senate.”

    If the present Arizona legislature passes their own marijuana legalize/decriminalize bill, then any future legislature can turn around and repeal the law, or add any number of restrictions.

    Like Mr. Bresler, I support legalization, but I cannot in good faith support Representative Cardenas’ bills. We need a bullet-proof citizen initiative to get the job done right.

  5. Many support decriminalization, however people like Kathy, must not know anything about how it has effected the local statistics and how Marijuana is really used, generally. If they would take a few minutes and LOOK at the recent research done by countries such as Israel and documentary shorts done by Dr. Sanjay Gupta (HLN Chief Medical Reporter) they might change their minds. At least they would have looked and not fallen back on the untruth and fiction that has put us here. As we know the American Academy of Pediatrics have requested a reschedule and lower penalties for it’s use. This would never happen if it did the damage stated by our government and others like Kathy.

    All states that have legalized Medical Marijuana, have stated an almost 10% drop in drunk driving and an almost 20% drop in the use of pharmaceuticals such as oxycodone. Our government has, since the 20’s, pushed that there is lung damage, brain damage and other associated risks with Marijuana. These come from, mostly, William Hurst newspapers about why we should make it illegal and none were based on any science. All have been refuted by science from many areas that can research the drug. Yet our Government stands by what they have printed over the last almost 100 years. Add to this it is illegal for the Government to say anything positive about a Schedule I drug.

    This is a part of the legislated law:

    21 U.S. Code § 1703 – Appointment and duties of Director and Deputy Directors

    (Paragraph 12) “…no Federal funds appropriated to the Office of National Drug Control Policy shall be expended for any study or contract relating to the legalization (for a medical use or any other use) of a substance listed in schedule I of section 812 of this title and take such actions as necessary to oppose any attempt to legalize the use of a substance”

    Although I never would have though that Ecstasy would have any valid use, many physiological professionals would like to do research on these and other drugs in the Schedule I list, which is virtually impossible in the USA.

    There is also no reason think that ‘parents’ will get doped up on Marijuana in front of children, although they get falling down drunk. Most don’t think it’s a good idea to give any kind of drug to a child. There is evidence where it is legal or decriminalized that there is LOWER crime rate than before.

    The use of Marijuana is by many millions in the US and other locals, and many professional people use it, even doctors and highly technical people, which need clear minds when working. They use when they get home to relax and assist in taking the tension out of a workday. This number grows by millions a year and yet the use of real ‘hard drugs’ such as heroin has remained near it normal abuse numbers. If the ‘stepping stone’ application is true a large chunk of our country would be on Heroin. If there is a ‘stepping stone’ drug it is alcohol. Many psychiatrists that deal with addiction, will agree. Especially when most don’t consider it a ‘drug’ anyway, which is the main problem.

    It has been brought up by many that the addiction rate is less than 10%, Cocaine is around 20% as is alcohol, yet Cocaine is a Schedule II drug and of course you can buy alcohol at Walmart and elsewhere. The first requirement of scheduling a drug is it’s addiction rate. Marijuana is one of the lowest and should have never been put into Schedule I.

    I would hope that with the evidence we have today that those that believe Marijuana is bad, do some simple research on it, I’m not asking you to think like me, just do what a normal person who is ignorant about something would do. The Internet makes it easy. Use sources other than the US Governments data, which is not only incomplete, but many times is on less than 20 people and no medical person would even think this is any kind of useful example.

    I hope Kathy looks these things up and then if she still wants to believe it’s bad, then I’m ok with that, but please use current sources. It’s ok to be ignorant, we all are in some areas, but when you can check on things like the Internet has made it possible, then you shouldn’t stay that way. Also check on how the Government came to the conclusions it has made, which is difficult to find in some instances.

    I’m sure that I would rather my children smoke pot than drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes, as I know the pot would not kill them, no matter how much they smoked.

  6. Well put, Jack Wilborn and thanks for the info on the legal aspect.
    Another element of all of this is that these same people such as Kathy above must come to the realization that the proscription on Marijuana was never really about Marijuana in the first place. Rather the real target was Marijuana’s non-psychoactive cousin, Hemp. The only reason that all of a sudden this plant became such a threat to certain commercial interests was the invention of the Decorticator machine. Prior to it invention, access to hemp fibre was an expensive, laborious process. The dept of Agriculture likened this invention, economically, to the invention of the cotton gin. It even went so far as to state that never again would we need to cut down trees for paper. The list of commercial interests threatened by this inexpensive access to the hemp fiber is too long for the purposes of this comment section. But suffice it to say that this list is now at least 3 times as long. From Correctional industries to Judicial interests to certain Unions whose livelihood would definitely be at risk should Marijuana be legalized. No, hemp is not the same thing, but if one decriminalizes Marijuana, there would be no logical reason (not that this seems to be a problem for certain corporate or governmental entities) to maintain a proscription on Hemp.

  7. Kathy Lightfoot you are totally wrong with everything you said. How would legalizing pot make the world worst then it already is in matter of fact it’ll actually help boost the economy, and there would be lest crime. for the most part i don’t think parents are going to be smoking in front of their young children and if they do that’s their choice and also dose not mean the kid going to start smoking pot just cause they see mom and dad are, just think about it as if you drinking a beer or smoking a cigarette.

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