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Arizona’s First Medical Marijuana Collective Opens Its Doors To Patients | The Weed Blog →

July 25, 2011 — Last Monday, an Arizona based medical marijuana group opened the doors to the first Collective offered to Arizona’s registered medical marijuana card holders. +

Arizona Governor Sues To Stop Medical Marijuana Program


In a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Gov. Jan Brewer and Attorney General Tom Horne announced that they are filing a lawsuit in federal court to challenge the medical marijuana program established in Arizona by the passage of Proposition 203 last November.
Even though the law was passed by a majority of Arizona voters, the governor and attorney general will not defend the law and instead asked the courts to decide if it is illegal under federal law. +

Arizona Governor Sues To Stop Medical Marijuana Program

In a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Gov. Jan Brewer and Attorney General Tom Horne announced that they are filing a lawsuit in federal court to challenge the medical marijuana program established in Arizona by the passage of Proposition 203 last November.

Even though the law was passed by a majority of Arizona voters, the governor and attorney general will not defend the law and instead asked the courts to decide if it is illegal under federal law. +

Arizona SWAT Team Defends Shooting Marine 60 Times in Drug Raid →

A Tucson, Ariz., SWAT team defends shooting an Iraq War veteran 60 times during a drug raid, although it declines to say whether it found any drugs in the house and has had to retract its claim that the veteran shot first.

And the Pima County sheriff scolded the media for “questioning the legality” of the shooting.

(Source: antigovernmentextremist)

Marine Survives Two Tours in Iraq, SWAT Kills Him
Guerena, who joined the Marines in 2002 and served two tours in Iraq, was killed just after 9  a.m. May 5. Guerera had just gone to bed after working a 12-hour shift at a local mine when his home was invaded as part of a multi-house crackdown by sheriff’s deputies.
Like enemy of the state Osama bin Laden, Guerena died with his wife close by. Widow Vanessa Guerena, who hid with her four-year-old son when sheriff’s deputies raided the home, fills in detail that has been slow to come from Pima County Sheriff Clarence W. Dupnik’s office.
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Marine Survives Two Tours in Iraq, SWAT Kills Him

Guerena, who joined the Marines in 2002 and served two tours in Iraq, was killed just after 9  a.m. May 5. Guerera had just gone to bed after working a 12-hour shift at a local mine when his home was invaded as part of a multi-house crackdown by sheriff’s deputies.

Like enemy of the state Osama bin Laden, Guerena died with his wife close by. Widow Vanessa Guerena, who hid with her four-year-old son when sheriff’s deputies raided the home, fills in detail that has been slow to come from Pima County Sheriff Clarence W. Dupnik’s office.

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Phoenix Police Get Officer Headset Cameras →

In response to community complaints, the Phoenix Police officers will be wearing headset cameras to record their actions and the suspects’ actions.

The department has 18 cameras that will be worn by Phoenix cops. Taser International makes the AXON camera. The officer decides when to start recording, and that recording cannot be erased.

Arizona: Zoning Changes Made for Medical Marijuana →

Now that medical marijuana is legal in Arizona, the city of Phoenix is putting some zoning changes into place. The city doesn’t want residents to think that dispensaries are going to show up in their back yards. Dispensaries will only be allowed in strip malls and commercial centers. They have to be 250 feet from residential areas, 1,320 feet from schools, 500 feet from churches, and at least a mile apart.

(via newstome1)

30 Facts About Arizona’s New Medical Marijuana Law →
Arizona’s Prop 203 appears headed for victory in latest counts →

(Source: norml)

Voters Nationwide Decide Marijuana Law Reform Measures →

norml:

In California, voters decided 46.3 percent to 53.7 percent, (with 98 percent of precincts reporting) against Prop. 19, which sought to legalize the adult possession of limited quantities of marijuana in private, and to allow for local governments to regulate its commercial production and retail distribution. The 46+ percent (some 3.4 million Californians) voting ‘yes’ on Prop. 19 marks the greatest percentage of citizen support ever recorded on a statewide marijuana legalization effort.

Commenting on the vote, NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano said that marijuana legalization is no longer a matter of ‘if,’ but a matter of ‘when.’

In Arizona, voters are narrowly against Proposition 203, the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, which would permit state-registered patients to obtain cannabis legally from licensed facilities. As of 9am pst, the race still remains too close to call, though Prop. 203 is trailing by less than 7,000 votes, 49.7 percent to 50.3 percent (with 99 percent of precincts reporting). With some 50,000 ballots left to be counted, it could be days before election officials make an official decision, reports the Phoenix New Times. The proposal is sponsored by the Arizona Medical Marijuana Policy Project, an affiliate of the Marijuana Policy Project. Learn more about Proposition 203 here: http://stoparrestingpatients.org/home/.

In South Dakota, voters decided against Measure 13, the South Dakota Safe Access Act, which sought to exempt state criminal penalties for state-authorized patients who possessed marijuana. South Dakota voters had previously rejected a similar proposal in 2006. It is the only state where voters have ever decided against a medical marijuana legalization initiative.

In Oregon, voters decided against Measure 74, The Oregon Regulate Medical Marijuana Supply System Act of 2010, which sought to create state-licensed not-for-profit facilities to assist in the production and distribution of marijuana to qualified patients. Oregon voters initially authorized the physician-authorized use of marijuana in 1998. Several states, including Colorado, New Mexico, and Maine, have enacted statewide regulations licensing the production and dispensing of medical cannabis.

Mexican hit men stalk U.S. →

Drug-smuggling gangs in Mexico have sent well-armed assassins, or “sicarios,” into Arizona to locate and kill bandits who are ambushing and stealing loads of cocaine, marijuana and heroin headed to buyers in the U.S., the Department of Homeland Security has warned Arizona law enforcement authorities. Read more

(via Washington Times)

Politics of Pot: Marijuana on Four Ballots Energizes Political Debate →

Marijuana is on the ballot in four states this November, including the first effort of its kind in California to fully legalize pot, but don’t expect politicians to get high on the idea any time soon.

"For the most part, politics is about following the herd as opposed to providing leadership," [Gary] Johnson, who is speculated to be considering a run for the White House in 2012, told ABC News. “For me, it was a cost-benefit analysis, period. It’s the fact that half of what we spend in law enforcement and the courts and the prisons is drug related, to what end?”

Johnson disagrees with the idea that dabbling in the politics of drugs would be harmful — he cites his own approval rating as governor, saying it was steady even after he made his position known.

Initiatives opening up the passage of medical marijuana use will be up for a vote in three states —OregonArizona and South Dakota. If the measures pass, these three states would join 14 other states and Washington, D.C., where medical marijuana use is legal.

Support for medicinal use, unlike full legalization, is still strong. An ABC News/Washington Post poll in January found that 81 percent of Americans supported medical marijuana laws. Read more

(via ABC News)

McCain Disputes Brewer's Claim That Most Illegal Immigrants Smuggling Drugs →

Arizona Sen. John McCain said Sunday that he does not agree with his governor’s controversial statement that most illegal immigrants are being used to transport drugs across the border. 

In the wake of the criticism, Brewer released a written statement Friday doubling down on her claim. 

"The simple truth is that the majority of human smuggling in our state is under the direction of the drug cartels, which are by definition smuggling drugs," she said, citing a Los Angeles Times report from March 2009 that found "the business of smuggling humans across the Mexican border has been brisk, with many thousands coming across every year." 

For once Governor Brewer and I are somewhat in agreement. Whether or not there are more drug smugglers, much of Arizona’s problem with illegal immigrants is the harm caused by drug smugglers, not people who seek honest work. They threaten, kidnap, steal from, and attack innocent people. No wonder she felt pressured to pass a such a heinous immigration bill. McCain shouldn’t underestimate the harm that these smugglers are inflicting on Arizona’s communities.

In Drug War, Tribe Feels Invaded by Both Sides →

An eerie hush settles in at sundown on the Tohono O’odham Nation, which straddles 75 miles of border with Mexico.

Few residents leave their homes. The roads crawl with the trucks of Border Patrol agents, who stop unfamiliar vehicles, scrutinize back roads for footprints and hike into the desert wilds to intercept smugglers carrying marijuana on their backs and droves of migrants trying to make it north.

By the bad luck of geography, the only large Indian reservation on the embattled border is caught in the middle, emerging as a major transit point for drugs as well as people.