Prop 203 -- the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act -- Puts the Chronic in Chronic Pain

Got cancer? Have some pot. Dying of AIDS? Have some pot. Handicapped from the effects of multiple sclerosis? Have some pot.

Chronic headache, heartburn, or painful pimples? Have some pot!

This could well be the case after November 2, if Arizona voters approve Proposition 203, the "Arizona Medical Marijuana Act."

In terms of regulating the number of pot dispensaries and keeping detailed records, Prop 203 is the state's smartest medical marijuana measure proposed to date, and proponents say it's a solid plan to provide seriously ill patients with medication. But like medical marijuana laws in California and Colorado, Prop 203 includes weed treatment for "chronic or severe pain." That's what the vast majority of patients in those states use pot for, not truly debilitating illnesses.

Prop 203 would allow registered patients, both terminal and just "in pain," to purchase medical marijuana from a licensed dispensary. It's an issue that crosses party lines — according to the latest Rocky Mountain Poll, 66 percent of Democrats and 57 percent of Independents favor Prop 203, along with 40 percent of Republicans. Given the poll numbers, Prop 203 is the most popular item on the ballot this year — not surprising, given Arizona's history with marijuana measures.

Arizona voters passed one of the first medical marijuana measures in the country, way back in 1996. It was called Proposition 200, and it softened sentencing for non-violent drug offenders and permitted doctors to "prescribe" marijuana. Although Prop 200 won at the polls with 65 percent of the vote, the state Legislature quashed it over one word — "prescribe." Because marijuana is a federally controlled substance, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration prohibits physicians from "prescribing" it. So Proposition 200 was never enacted, and a lot of voters were, frankly, pissed off.

To prevent lawmakers from overruling them so easily in the future, voters passed Proposition 105, the "Voter Protection Act," in 1998. Under this law, the Legislature cannot tamper with voter-approved measures, at least not without three-fourths of the legislative vote. So if Prop 203 passes, it will be a lot harder to kill.

Pot law reform came before Arizona voters again in 2002, but it wasn't just about medical marijuana — this bill, sponsored by the People Have Spoken campaign and also (unfortunately, for current supporters) called Proposition 203, was basically a marijuana decriminalization bill, with such provisions as using taxpayer dollars to fund medical marijuana programs and releasing convicted, non-violent drug offenders from prison. It failed by more than 150,000 votes.

"The measure that failed in 2002 was really wacky," says Andrew Myers of the Arizona Medical Marijuana Policy Project, which authored Prop 203 this year. "There were a lot of crazy things written into it. It called for things like agents to give seized marijuana to patients for free. This measure is nothing like that."

In fact, this year's Proposition 203 is the most detailed medical marijuana measure Arizona's ever seen, and it's more evolved than similar laws passed in other states.

If Prop 203 passes, Arizona will become the 15th state with a medical marijuana law. Critics point to problems with medical marijuana systems in other states, where thousands of pot dispensaries have popped up, offering a smorgasbord of marijuana products to hundreds of thousands of "patients" — the majority of whom are not cancer or AIDS patients, but people under 40 taking marijuana for "pain relief."

There's concern that Arizona will have similar problems. But unlike measures in other states, Prop 203 includes an immediate plan for oversight by the state health department, grants zoning authority to municipalities, and limits the number of dispensaries that can open statewide.

The initiative does bear some resemblance to California's Proposition 215 (passed by voters in 1996) and Colorado's Ballot Amendment 20 (passed by voters in 2000). All eliminate state penalties for patients who use medical marijuana, and include severe or chronic pain among the lists of "debilitating conditions."

But neither California's nor Colorado's initial medical marijuana bills limited the number of dispensaries that could open. Consequently, both states have been flooded with them. There are now close to a thousand dispensaries in Los Angeles alone — more locations than Starbucks, according to a report on National Public Radio.

Prop 203 calls for no more than one dispensary license to be granted for every 10 pharmacy permits issued by the Arizona State Board of Pharmacy. As of this writing, that equates to 124 dispensaries statewide.

"People are concerned about the proliferation of dispensaries. I think a lot of that is because of what happened in California," says Myers. "We're the only state to regulate from the beginning. We wanted to learn from past mistakes in other states. The difference is, we limit the number of dispensary licenses. You're not going to see them on every corner. "

But opponents of Prop 203 are also concerned with the list of "debilitating conditions" in the initiative. In California, it's relatively easy for residents to get medical marijuana for "pain." Patients can receive recommendations from doctors they've just met for things like sore backs and headaches, and there are tons of "patients." The California branch of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) estimates there are more than 150,000 medical marijuana patients in the state, and that 40 percent report using pot to treat "chronic pain."

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KPASA
KPASA

LMC if voted for PROP 203.

Julie Anne Burton
Julie Anne Burton

You don't think that "chronic or severe pain" is not a "truly debilitating illness"? With all due respect (which is not much), madam, you are a moron. I assume from your blithe dismissal of pain that your body is free of disease or chronic illness and that you have virtually no pain yourself. Let's trade bodies for a day and see what you think then. I suffer from 8 different diseases (for which I have nearly 20 different medications), none of which are life-threatening, but half of which produce varying amounts of pain which will progress in intensity over the remaining course of my life, and have dealt with these for more than 20 years. I've watched my pain medication climb up the scale, to the point now where I'm currently prescribed the largest "safe" dose of morphine sulfate every day. Even with the morphine, my daily pain number averages 7. From past (legal) usage, I know that I can use edibles or a marijuana vaporizer and bring my pain level down to a 5, *without any danger to my lungs, kidneys, liver, etc.* and without having to take a highly addictive pill that at best, brings my pain down from a 9 to a 8. At level 5, I can hang on -- enough to hold a job, do housework, etc. Currently my husband supports us both and takes care of the majority of the household chores, though thanks to my service dog, I can now do some things I was unable to do before. Not only will medical marijuana ease my burden of pain, but it will also let my husband occasionally do something fun for himself because he won't have to shoulder all the responsibilities alone. As it stands now, the only break he gets is when the members of my church volunteer to help with the household to give him some respite.

People who express the opinion you did make me absolutely furious. What gives you the right to say that I should have to live the rest of my life in agonizing pain? Shame on you. Shame! When did you become God? The only people who make such ignorant statements are those who have neither experienced such pain or have not known someone who does. Did you even bother to look at the number of people who live with chronic and severe pain who commit suicide because they simply can't handle it any longer? But nah, chronic and severe pain isn't debilitating -- they just kill themselves for the fun of it.. Your ignorance is astounding.

My husband, a man's man if there ever was one, has been reduced to tears watching me writhe in agony because he can't do anything to ease my burden. If he could have found marijuana, or anything else that would have given me relief, he'd have done anything, legal or illegal, to ease my suffering.

AMA and other studies show that 85% of Americans are under-medicated for pain. The only break I've gotten in my daily pain (without marijuana) has been when I lived in Europe, where they fortunately do not have the ridiculous remnants of Puritanism that insists that one must suffer when suffering is not necessary.

While I would never wish my pain on *any* other creature, much less a fellow human being, I wish there was some way you could gain some understanding of what it means to suffer from chronic and severe pain. Then you might actually grow some compassion. As it stands, you're a selfish, inconsiderate and thoughtless jerk. I pray that God will grant you compassion and consideration for your fellow human beings who suffer through every day.

Sneilson
Sneilson

I DON,T WANT TO SMOKE MARIJ? I HAVE NEUROPATHY,DEMENTIA,FIBROMYALGIA,LUPUS

Lindacarols
Lindacarols

smoking pot does helps a little but if anyone says it takes away pain it doesn't what it does is changes the way your mind receives the pain signals kinda like pain killers with out taking the pain away . sometimes its good to alter your mind when you live with pain . Can they make e-cig out of them

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5150golfcart

i have back spasms and they hurt very bad. I used to smoke pot to help with the pain but since i have gotten my new job i have quit because i need money to live but now i live in constant pain and i don't want to take any of the pain pills because they make my pain go away but i feel like junk. I'm glad prop 203 passed and i think people should be able to resposibly smoke

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Traviswilliamhogarth
Traviswilliamhogarth

Like anything else, the beginning will be the worst. People will be over-zealous about PROP 203 passing but in time it will all shake out and be a moderated, legit tax-revenue-making machine that the politicians can skim off the top of. Watch all of the politicians of Arizona turn their opinions around now that it passed! They'll do an about-face and start telling us why their happy it passed. The west side of the valley hosts a very unique cancer treatment center, one of three or four if I'm correct; one of few treatment centers dedicated to treating cancer patients with state-of-the-art technology and innovative ideals. Prop 203 will help these patients, who wouldn't have otherwise even considered researching how medical marijuana may help them, get through each rough patch just a little easier. Medical marijuana patients aren't under the assumption that it "cures" anything but the symptoms of disease or pharmacology. Certain sicknesses cause horrible nausia and lack of appetite. Some medications, aka CHEMO, can have the same affect. Imagine a 100% natural, home-grown medicine that YOU control (lets say you grow your own for your child who has mesothelioma). Imagine this plant you control makes you child feel good enough to happily eat some food and not starve out of miserable pain caused by medicine-induced nausia. This is the type of situation Prop 203 is meant to serve. Would we deny a combat veteran who, I don't know, had his limbs blown off by an IED, would we deny this man or woman medication that is natural, un-tampered with and non-addictive? Pills and powders are man-made. This is why I'm so against pills. I've watched pills destroy lives and relationships. No thanks! I'm the "green" one in the family and its accepted (THANK GOD) in my group. They're not super excited about it but they'd much rather see me smoking my medicine instead of popping pills and possibly over-dosing trying to be pain-free for a day. People abuse alcohol, but it's legal. MADD is one of the biggest organizations to fight alcohol abuse and ignorance but BILLIONS of dollars are spent (and made) in advertising revenue promoting alcohol consumption. Cigarette commercials are on the decline ever since "Big Tobacco" got kicked in the proverbial sack and had to pay out millions (billions?) to people that claim to have not realized those little cancer sticks might kill you. We need a calming drug that can be taxed and regulated like the others, while giving patients the right to grow their own to better serve a more economic standard of care, and be non-addictive and impossible to over-dose on. There's not one single report of one person in the history of medicine that over-dosed on marijuana. That can't be said for any other drug, can it?

DIXIE ROCKER
DIXIE ROCKER

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DIXIE ROCKER
DIXIE ROCKER

more proof that Arizona is a backwards hick state. even hick cow town Denver Colorado passed that law it a few years ago.

Crime INC
Crime INC

if you need reefer meth or coke i know a white guy near 30th ave and grovers who will sell you all the weed meth and coke you need. who needs legal anything when this guy has been selling dope for over 9 years care free as a bird. the pigs never bust him either and they have been informed about him years ago. police officer Chuck Williams of the cactus precinct doesn't ever do any thing about this dope dealing loser. he has been told many times about this guy. and he still sells plenty dope.

Miserable
Miserable

Unbelievable... All I can say is I'm disappointed in Arizona. 301 and 302 fail- rightfully so. The republicans wonder how to fix our huge deficit and we were 5000 votes away from passing 203.

This is wrong from so many angles.

flybye
flybye

Ow, it hurts! This really isn't something to joke about at all but how could I not. Bottom line is that it is everyone's own decision to smoke cannabis if they want to. Any body every heard of the constitution? You really still think this is the land of the free? Take a look at the big picture and actually open your eyes. Do your own research, and find out the facts for yourself. Why do oil companies, lumber companies, pharmaceutical companies, big business, and the list goes on, want to keep cannabis illegal. Maybe money? Figure it out!

John Doe
John Doe

never thought i'd be glad to have irritable bowel syndrome!

know your rights
know your rights

The issue that is a hard one to handle is that the power is still in the hands of the pharmaceutical corps. The reason being is that the legislature allows someone with a "pain" issue to go to the doctor and recieve a perscription for valium or vicodin, or countless number of meds, to not help the problem but to only mask it. Marijuana should be in the same catagorie as any meds that a doctor is able to perscribe. In a world where everything made sense to everyone there wouldnt be this issue because people would realize the ridiculousness of this topic and mary jane would not have a legality attached to it. people would be able to grow and use how they please. Unfortunatly we live in a world where money is a huge deciding factor in EVERYTHING. This is why we will never be able to understand why people dont want or do want things to be supplyable to the people. We are regulated to the max on our entire lifestyle and this is why we cant choose what is rite for ourselves, lobyists and groups of people decide for us. This is the system we have been forced to be a part of. Lets start deciding what is rite for ourselves and not for others. lets regain our human rights and stop listening to the ignorant brabble....

Joe Miller
Joe Miller

If the writers of this article don't appreciate the debilitating nature of chronic pain, I suspect that after experiencing such a condition for less than two weeks they would.

Vote Yes on Proposition 203. It is the humane thing to do. Don't let bigots control medical care!

John Phelps
John Phelps

I voted yes on Prop 203. I also completely agree with "AZ voter". Its Astonishing to me how conservative republicans are when it comes to marijuana law reform. Bottom line is This Prop is going to pass and no matter weather you like it or not. A Medical Cannabis store will be coming to your city very soon. And i know we have voted on this issue and passed it before but the arizona legislator shot it down because of ONE word "prescribe" marijuana vs "recommend" marijuana. The new law is very well written with the correct verbiage and we also have the voter protection act of 1998 witch prevents governors veto or any repel of the law. Also requires a 3/4th vote to change the bill. Also with AZ Early Ballot Option Marijuana users don't even need to leave the home to vote, And the very fact of a cannabis reform prop on the measure will drive new young voters to the polls, or to vote at home in the privacy of your own home. I very much enjoyed inhaling on a rolled joint wile casting my vote for prop 203 and voting for Goddard! Even though he has publicly spoke not in favor prop 203 i still think he is the lessor of two evils, and will be the right choice for arizona's future.

Billy
Billy

peyote and mushrooms are the real cure.

Larry
Larry

i can get weed anytime i want so who need medical pot? i been getting stoned since 1972. so there is plenty of illegal pot around. fuck the feds!

az voter
az voter

Either way, the people of Arizona will continue to smoke/eat/vaporize marijuana. They will do this whether they are in pain or not. People that have a medical need, or simply enjoy the effects will continue to do so. People who don't like the effects will not partake, same as now. The ONLY difference will be that the State will not have the same authority to bring to bear its enormous power on people's lives for the simple act of ingesting a natural, nontoxic plant. Some people might take advantage of a new legal situation, but that is a small price to pay for all the lives and families that are not ripped apart by overzealous prosecuters and police agencies.

P.S. I thought the "republican" party was supposed to be conservative. Ya know, in a "get the government off my back" kinda way. If they were truly conservative in an ideological sense, (not in a soundbite sense), they would be all over this. I guess their's is a selective conservatism. Just saying why aren't all of the fox news troglodyts yelling " GET OBAMA OUT OF MY MARIJUANA!" heck it even rhyms!

deva
deva

I suffered a broken neck and spinal cord injury as a result of an auto accident. I lost over a decade following the traditional medicine route. I doubled my body weight, suffered liver damage, was so lethargic doctors prescribed ritalin and had to use a wheelchair anytime I left my home. After much resistance I tried cannabis. I am now close to my normal body weight, hike sixteen plus miles in the desert per week and feel a bit likethe person I was twelve years ago. I truely believe marajuana saved my life.

nick g
nick g

as someone who suffers with fibromyalgia and nerve pain from a back injury i can tell you first hand chronic pain is debilitating. the pills they give you either destoy your organs or make you a dry mouthed constipated suicidal zombie. celebrex caused such stomach problems i ended up in a pre-cancerous condition. the withdrawl was pure hell, muscles spasms, cold sweats, insomnia. this is what the pills do to us cannabis can releive suffering without these kinds of side effects. dont minimize peoples suffering

Shleay420
Shleay420

I think it should be for everyone idk why it should only be for sick people....? What about people that need it for stress or people that can't eat or just for people that need to melow out...? I just think prop 203 should pass becuase it will be better for everyone like katt Williams say it's just a plant and human just happin to set fire to it....! Lol but that's what I think I really hope that people will vote for prop 203 I wish it will pass

jsknow
jsknow

Why should a person have to be dying or in "serious" pain to use a safe effective natural medicine? Aspirin kills thousands of people every year! No one, of any age, in all of recorded history, anywhere on planet earth, has ever died from marijuana and they never will, marijuana is nontoxic.

In 1988, after reviewing all evidence brought forth in a lawsuit against the government’s prohibition of medical marijuana, the DEA’s own administrative law judge (Judge Francis Young) wrote: “MARIJUANA, IN ITS NATURAL FORM, IS ONE OF THE SAFEST THERAPEUTICALLY ACTIVE SUBSTANCES KNOWN. IN STRICT MEDICAL TERMS, MARIJUANA IS SAFER THAN MANY FOODS WE COMMONLY CONSUME.”

Watch this FL man that gets his marijuana from the federal government destroy all the lies about marijuana consumers being lazy and unproductive. Watch him destroy all the lies about long term heavy marijuana use being harmful. Learn the truth about marijuana: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Watch this documentary about marijuana curing cancer! There are 7 parts, watch them all!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Listen to these high ranking narcotics officers expose the harms and waste of the drug war. Learn the truth about the drug war. It is a FAILED HARMFUL UNCONSTITUTIONAL UNLAWFUL VIOLENT WAR AGAINST NONVIOLENT CITIZENS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Free online book about marijuana: The Emperor Wears No Clothes http://www.jackherer.com/chapt...

The laws prohibiting marijuana are NOT a result of any harm from marijuana. They are the result of racism, lies and greed. Read the well documented proof of that and a lot more marijuana TRUTH in the two articles linked below. Google: “WHY IS MARIJUANA ILLEGAL, Pete Guither” and “MARIJUANA AND HEMP THE UNTOLD STORY, Thomas J. Bouril”, or click the links to those articles on the webpage below:Internet Explorer web browser: http://jsknow.angelfire.com/ho... All Other Browsers: http://jsknow.angelfire.com/in...

yes203yes
yes203yes

People with chronic pain are frequently prescribed HIGHLY addictive opiate drugs to ease their pain. How can the possibility of being able to replace these highly addictive and easy to overdose on opiates, with a non addictive impossible to overdose on medicine be a bad idea? All medicines have a potential for abuse, but we still prescribe them. Vote YES on 203! The life you help might just be your own, or one of your loved ones!

stressed
stressed

I'm retired now but I was so stressed out for a few years that I couldn't sleep more than an hour at a time. I was put on some zombie making drug to help me sleep. I stopped that stuff after a week. I hadn't smoked pot in years. I was talking to a friend about it, he turned me on to a nice indica dominant genetic and i started getting 8 hours sleep a night. Idiots like the gov would rather i be a zombie than a healthy productive citizen. I'll get my reefer one way or the other. Deal with it!

Voice of Reason
Voice of Reason

Foolish purveyors of disinformation, These liars repeatedly Claim that All, that's right each and every patient that gets Medical Marijuana for severe and Chronic Pain, severe Nausea, seizures and severe and persistent Muscle Spasms are ALL Recreational Drug Users Abusing the System! So what Conditions Fall under these terms??? Epilepsy, IBS, IBD, Chrohn's disease, colitis, pain from auto accidents, migraine sufferers, Arthritis, ESRD/dialysis patients, Fibromyalgia, Hypertension-High Blood Pressure, Muscular Dystrophy, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Quadriplegia, Radiation Therapy, Seizure Disorders, Sleep Disorders, Spinal Cord injury/Disease, Sports Injuries, and Parkinson's Disease!

This will also contribute Millions of dollars to our State and local communities, every penny of which will be coming straight out of the criminal cartels coffers!

Mishl
Mishl

I'm not sure in what reality "severe and chronic pain" is NOT debilitating. I am also confused as to how marijuana can possibly any more addictive or damaging or easily abused than Oxicontin, MsContin or Fentynal are. l have no desire to smoke pot - I didn't like it in college and can't imagine liking it any better now, but if it meant that I didn't have to take the pharmaceutical garbage I take now, it may be worth a shot.

This article was poorly written, and, intentionally or not, the author was condescending in proving herself clueless about the nature of pain. How about trusting the population to make intelligent decisions about their own health care and the things we put into our bodies? How about trusting doctors to know the difference between people looking to score drugs and people in legitimate pain? How about people mind their own business if it doesn't directly relate to them?

Traci
Traci

Chronic and severe pain CAN quite easily be debilitating. Sometimes you can prove it with x-rays and other times you can't. Fibromyalgia, for example, is such a chronic pain disorder. But, it is a real disorder, and it can become very debilitating and get into the way of every day life, even just the littlest things. If they can benefit from medical marijuana, I think it's disgusting to deny them that ability just because there are going to be people who abuse the "chronic pain" allowance. What about someone who has, for example, chronic abdominal pains that, while they do not always occur, when they DO occur the person cannot stand up or even sit up and just has to lay there in agony until the pain goes away? How are they supposed to get up and go to work, and go about their daily lives?

The way that you talk about medical marijuana patients, as if ALL of those who use medical marijuana under a "chronic pain" allowance in a law are really just faking it is very offensive and very small-minded.

There are always going to be people who find ways to cheat or beat the system. You can't punish everyone who might benefit from a provision just because some people may abuse it. Disgusting.

Tristarcon
Tristarcon

sorry byterider...but looking up in google wont help u find the right answers. actually most of them are not true. and we all know why marijuana is illegal nowadays..

because the US had lied and done wrong studies in the 1930s

Robnet10
Robnet10

marijauna would benifit me since I was born with bi-polar.I've tried every drug on the market.None of them work like pot does. It keeps me in control of my symtoms.It calms me down,gives me energy,takes my headackes away,and most of all controls my anger. Without it I lock myself in my house so others are safe!!!!

Haute Critique
Haute Critique

I have rectal cancer. Stage III with lymph node involvement. Radiation to shrink the tumor damaged a lot of tissue in my abdomen. The surgeon used the word 'obliterated' in the surgical report. Burns were so bad I had to dress the head of my penis to keep it from sticking to my clothes and ripping the skin off. I passed out once a day during bowel movements from the pain.Many pain medications were ruled out due to liver damage (I have a spot on my liver they are certain is not cancer and chemo was ravaging it). Many painkillers cause constipation. This would ease some of the global pain, but grossly increased pain from passing stool. Marijuana was a good fit and great multi-tasker. It is certainly not a panacea for pain, but with knowledge of the strains and the ballance of THC and CBD, it can rival about 10 mg of Oxycontin at a dose.I have Decacdron, Zofran, Ativan and a few other anti-nausea meds. None of them are as effective and leave me as functional as marijuana. For one thing, when I am nauseous, swallowing is hard enough. The pills take some time to work, and usually leave you a complete zombie by the time you have enough to be effective. I inhale my marijuana with a vaporizer. This releases the THC and CBD without combustion eliminating carbon monoxide and those nasty elements. Inhaling works nearly instantaneously. This makes dosing extremely effective. I never have to use more than I need because there is no delay. I also don't have to swallow anything or keep it down when struggling to even drink water.As soon as I was able to get pain meds after surgery and off chemotherapy (I was now pooping into a bag, so constipation was less of a concern), I was on them. I started wasting away. I had lost some during treatment, but now was loosing weight at an alarming weight. I feeding tube was in my future. I had set aside a small amount of weed 'in case of emergencies'. I was headed to the emergency room, so I gave it a try. I had lost 1/3 of my body weight, but, with marijuana, I have been able to hold my weight steady for five months, the last three of which have been under heavy chemotherapy.The chemotherapy I'm on is noted for its neuropathy. That is, you lose feeling in you limbs, start to fall because you cant feel the ground. You have cold sensitivity where even lukewarm temperature cause pain throughout your body. You have to warm up the water before you brush your teeth. If you accidentally sip a cool beverage, it is a prickly glass shard explosion from the core of your body. Studies have shown marijuana reduces these side effects. I'm still making ice cream and can finger pick the cotton out of my guitar when my cohort can no longer button buttons or dress themselves. I trust that study.I've met more than one cancer survivor that said marijuana kept them alive. I just ask you, what if marijuana would help your mom's suffering. What if it would help your son? Don't you at least want the option to see for yourself?

sp0ck
sp0ck

YEAH BYTERIDER CAUSE SMOKING WEED AND PEDOPHILIA ARE TOTALLY IN THE SAME BALLPARK YA MORON

shadow_man5
shadow_man5

All is fun and games until you drive through a Border Patrol checkpoint and they take all your weed even though you have a card. The law offers NO protection from being arrested and having your pot taken by the feds, and there are alot of Border Patrol is southern Arizona.

ByteRider
ByteRider

There are a lot of myths regarding Marijuana and pain/reaction control. Most of these myths are false.

Some of these myths include:

Myth: Marijuana slows glaucoma.Fact: You have to smoke a doobie every 3 hours to have any noticeable effect on glaucoma. The Glaucoma Research Foundation recommends against its use as better drugs exist (src: www.glaucoma.org).

Myth: Marijuana decreases chronic pain.Fact: There is no scientific study completed on the use of Marijuana with chronic pain. However, since Marijuana contains artifacts that slow down neural activity, its effects on chronic pain have been noted. A chronic pain sufferer could benefit just as much with an over-the-counter pain remedy, or a visit to their local Pain Clinic.

Myth: Marijuana lessens the effects of HIVFact: False. In fact, it has been proven to have no effect (src: www.drugscience.org)

Myth: Marijuana has no bad side effects.Fact: Patently false. Aside from the chemical content of the smoke, similar to cigarettes, the side effect of THC is many fold (4 times, to be exact). Other side effects include: Increased risk of heart attack, euphoria, anxiety, paranoia, agitation, drug exposure to the unborn with side effects similar to FAS, lung cancer, testicular cancer, negative ambition (your 30-year old living in mom and dad's basement), short term memory loss, cognitive loss (read: stupid) and weight gain. (src: endless amounts on google, try it yourself)

For pain control, most medical experts agree that using THC in pill form is the only possible method for controlling or eliminating side some side effects.

The worst side effect: Long term use changes the axiom's effectiveness at absorbing serotonin. Basically, you can make yourself "permanently stupid".

Last, but not least-- all Doctors know the Federal Government controls classed drugs. When the Federal Government decides to crack down on this substance, any prescribing Doctor, past or present, is at risk of losing their license and/or spending some quality time in their nearest Federal prison.

Myth: Marijuana laws never stopped people from using, we should legalize it.Fact: Marijuana control laws have been in effect in most of the country for 50 years. By comparison, Pedophilia laws have been in effect since the dawn of man yet people still molest children. Should we legalize pedophilia?—afterall, the law hasn’t kept it from happening.

guest
guest

actually - God made wine too. which is good for you. I think Med. Pot is a great Idea but the Federal Gov. should pass it, Make it the same in every state. If you have a prescrip. and go on Vac or Business Trip to a state that doesn't allow it you can be arrested. That's too stupid!!!!!!!

Roger Ramjet
Roger Ramjet

i think i know the person your talking about. is his name Daniel? his wife Elida does most of the drug dealing at that house. they are mexican not white folks.

Larry
Larry

and some old grateful dead tunes can also cure the soul and spirit.

Dr Don
Dr Don

That's nearly the same that happened to me, Deva -- spinal cord injury, on standard meds, got more sick. 12 years after my first puff, I am narcotic free, nearly pain free, and no longer need my cane or scooter to ambulate. Now I utilize an oral preparation of whole plant oil, a drop twice daily, vaporize to modulate spasms, and that is when I really started improving.

This stuff works as it was designed by our creators; pity that its been lied about for generations, it could have helped a lot of poor and suffering people through the ages.

Oh, and if you think I'm bulling you, I am a minister with a Doctor of Divinity. This is the truth of cannabis therapy, those who tell you differently probably make money from the drug war somewhere and lie, lie, lie to protect their interests and power from the status quo.

Teamera2003
Teamera2003

In 1998 I was flown over to Alb, NM, to have my back operated on by University of NM/VA/Kirkland AF base( all 3 share the medical facility there) because of a broken back I recieved while serving my country in the US Navy. They rebuilt my spine with titanium steel bolts and Titanium steel rods. Since 1998 my postal carrier has been my drug dealer, every 6 months I see my VA primary care giver he prescribes my Meds, takes my blood and urine for testing and the postal carrier delivers my pain meds to me( everything the last few years from narcotics such as Vicatin, darbocett, tylonal 3 and 4 Muscle relaxers such as methocarbomal ect... along with antidepressants such as doxepin to help me sleep for the last 12 years... About 6 months ago i was visiting a family member out of this area, and he suggested i try some pot to see how that helped...well to make an already long story shorter, it was a wonderful change...but it was an illegal change...so since that few days of wonderful relief i went back to my VA prescribed regiment of man made drugs becuase the one drug that would be the best solution for me is illegal...well in july of this year the VA changed its stance on how the va will deal with vets in states that have MM laws voted on by the people... I hope this passes it is by far the best solution for me...I know i am destroying my body with the pain pills i am prescribed...I am between a rock and a hard place i have pain 24-7 it never goes away so i drop man made narcotics when i can't cope with the pain any longer...please arizona allow me to choose a medication that will allow me to grow old with my liver and kidneys still working the way god intended...if this does not pass i will have to look into moving to another state..i was born here at good sam in 1960..my family and friends live here..but i live by the law i always have....please vote yes on prop 203

aspiringdoc
aspiringdoc

Great Response! I couldn't have said it better myself. People spend too much time worried about what other people are doing and too little time reflecting on themselves. Maybe it's because their afraid of what they'll find. Take for example prescription drug junky and professional hypocrite Rush Limbaugh who chooses to attack prop 203 and medical marijuana recipients by challenging patient legitimacy. How about proposing legislation to prohibit your own vices Rush?

Mackdaddy40_2000
Mackdaddy40_2000

I have been taking oxy for a long time now. I HATE IT the drug makes me feel like a junkie and yes I am addicted to it now. I am sure there is millions being made from these pills to. I started using some medical grade pot and I would much rather smoke it than take pills that are slowly killing me. A BIG YES on 203. Wished everyone would think about the people who would benifit from using pot instead of the ones who may abuse it. There are 1000s of pounds of illegal pot in this state of Arizona so they do not need to worry about people abusing it because of 203!!!!

Fuelkdc7
Fuelkdc7

byterider. thc is the psychoactive cannabinoid in cannabis. cdb has the anti inlammatory anti-spasmodic component and is used for pain. plus all of the cannabinoids within cannabis work together thats why isolating and using just one wont work and can lead to adverse effects. over that counter pain medicines and pharmaceutical meds have deadly damaging side effects. when you live with a chronic condition you cant take that shit long term. do you currently suffer like many of us who could benefit from cannabis do? and what do you do to treat it?

Trommy
Trommy

Where did you copy and paste this crap from? Reefer madness idiocy and you compare it to pedophilia. You give stupid a bad name.

Rachelle
Rachelle

Myth: the synthetic form of cannabis, Marinol doesn't get you high, and should be used instead.

Fact: Marinol gets you higher than a kite, and MUCH higher than regular cannabis. (its man-made, pure THC, whaddya expect?)

Rachelle
Rachelle

The federal government can do NOTHING to doctors who RECOMMEND cannabis. They are NOT "prescribing" it, and that is a BIG difference. The 1st amendment of the constitution protects doctors rights to free speech, meaning they can RECOMMEND anything they want. This has already been decided in court.

Rachelle
Rachelle

With pedophilia, there is a victim, the child. With cannabis possession, WHERE IS THE VICTIM? Someone standing there with pot in their hand poses WHAT DANGER?

Rachelle
Rachelle

Myth: Marijuana Use Makes You Stupid and Holds You back.Fact: The last 3 presidents of the US, an 8 - time gold medal winner, a cy young award winner, and many many millionaires disprove this theory.

Myth Marijuana is consumed by losers and musicians.Fact: over 5000 TONS of marijuana are consumed in the US annually, there aren't enough "losers" to consume that amount. Its your republican stock broker, your democrat college professor, your libertarian IT guy.

Jimmy
Jimmy

and the allman brothers band

Guest
Guest

There are many effective treatments for your ailment, Nick, and few of them will turn you into a dangerous zombie like pot-- but thanks for the heads up....

Guest
Guest

Simple google research. Pedophile analogy was used to contrast the stupidity of "if the law doesn't work, legalize it". I think this went beyond your reading comprehensive abilities, so please, relax, have some dip.

Guest
Guest

Actually, Rachelle, that's not true. It's called "accessory before the fact." Look it up-- your library is always a great place to visit!

Guest
Guest

Actually, Rachelle, there are victims. ME. YOU. Everyone. Even the pot smoker is a victim. Marijuana use NOW is contributing to criminal activity which contributes to murder and tons of other crimes. Marijuana [and other drugs] are the "INPUT" to the criminal activity "OUTPUT"-- the victim is all of society.

And by the way, the America Psychiatric Association wrote a recommendationI that Pedophilia could be a "bonding activity between parent and child". Quote, Unquote. The conservative talk show host, Dr. Laura Schlessinger, fronted a large campaign to get APA to retract that finding-- she succeeded. No, I'm not a Dr. L fan, I just recall the story from years ago. But I'm going off on a tangent. Read about it here: http://www.narth.com/docs/more...

bobgelder
bobgelder

pot users might get fat! and cause the failure of our health care system. so we should definitively put them ALL in jail.

that's sarcasm in case you also think my reasoning skills are as bad as ByteRiders

Guest
Guest

Most of the tonnage of marijuana is purchased by Phoenix New Times to reward their writers. Call it a perk.

I respect what you're saying, Rachelle, but you may be doing nothing more than diluting yourself. Let's see some references from credible sources [ie, HIGH TIMES doesn't count haha] that back up your statements. I'm not saying they are true or untrue... I'm just skeptical since your statements appear to be subjective and don't align with my own experiences (besides, we all know successful people do coke...)

Guest
Guest

Actually, as a group, homosexuals will be the ones who drain health care. The average homosexual lives to 50-- far less than a smoker or a fat person. Their lives are cut short due to common diseases found in the homosexual community-- 33 to be exact. Hep C, D, E, F and G, HIV and the 18 diseases associated with HIV, HIV-Group O [new and improved HIV], etc.

Also note that my writing was stating referenced opinion over supposition.. in other words I backed up what I said with references from credible sources. That's hardly hyperbole.

Talk about shooting the messenger. We'll have to warn your local UPS guy of you.

 
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