Arizona Proposes Medical Marijuana Repeal

 by lucy

Arizona Representative John Kavanagh is introducing a bill which would repeal the state’s medical marijuana law that was passed by voters in 2010.  The bill, currently called House Concurrent Resolution 2003, will need to make is through the legislature this spring in order to qualify for the 2014 ballot.

Kavanagh never supported AZ’s medical marijuana law, but was inspried to fight for its repeal after seeing results of a 2012 student survey that he believed showed that 1 in 10 school children who smoke marijuana in the state get it from medical marijuana patients.  Kavanagh did not address the fact that more students received marijuana from their friends (72%), at parties (28.6%), ‘other’ (23.7%), at school (13.4%), or from family/relatives (14.8%) than from medical card holders (11.6%).

The survey also showed that one in six of those surveyed got alcohol from their parents and 30% of those surveyed who used prescriptions drugs to get high got them from their family’s medicine cabinet.

While he did say, “Let’s crack down on parents and people who provide the other substances to kids.  Let’s not simply add a third item and make it even more available to children,” Kavanagh has not taken any steps to keep alcohol or prescription pills away from children.

Keep AZ Drug Free Chairwoman Carolyn Short supports Rep. Kavanagh’s efforts.  “We just want to get rid of it,” she explained.  “There is nothing good about it.  I don’t know what the legitimate use of marijuana is.  The FDA says it is a substance that cannot be used, even under the direction or care of a doctor.”

Short continued by rejecting that marijuana has any benefits, saying that “Any benefits to the few participants in the medical marijuana program who are seriously ill are overwhelmingly outweighed by the harm to our kids and communities.”

If truth be told, Arizona’s medical marijuana program hasn’t even been given a shot to do any harm to children, not that it would.  The program has been greatly stalled, and few legal medical marijuana dispensaries have been allowed to open to serve patients.  A state that’s supposed to have over 100 legal collectives has only seen three open their doors since medical marijuana was legalized in 2010.

While the state’s medical marijuana act initially passed by a slim margin, more people than ever now support the law.  New polls show that 59% of Arizonans are in favor or medical marijuana.  Additionally, 59% of Arizonans were found to be in favor of full legalization of marijuana.  Those numbers aren’t stopping Kavanagh, though they may in 2014 if his proposed repeal actually makes it to the ballot.

In order to get the repeal onto the 2014 ballot, Kavanagh just needs to get a simple majority in the House and Senate.


16 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

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    K-Budzz said on Jan 18, 2013

    "I don't know what the legitimate use of marijuana is." Are you fucking kidding me. This is news to the state of AZ was not expecting this bs.

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    Elvers said on Jan 18, 2013

    Kavanagh better check in with the federal Judges before he has his head handed to him by them. he's definitely barking up the wrong tree.!! and he'd better check in with the Dr.'s who prescribe it and get off his drunken ass like Brewer, another tumbleweed brain. that's all we need.

  3. 2

    Elvers said on Jan 18, 2013

    look at it he doesn't mind alcohol or the pills bull shit the'll get you hooked quicker than pot will you poor bastard of a politician.!! I just hope they don't vote you in next time around .!!!

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    dallas said on Jan 18, 2013

    I'm pretty sure you can't call your self a state "representative" if you want to repeal the things the people you are representing voted for…

  5. 2

    Elvers said on Jan 18, 2013

    and as for Carolyn Short get a life, go check in with some Dr.'s also they might tell you to go smoke some to find out what it does for you. you might be surprised at what it does and doesn't do.!!!

  6. 1

    GGLynzee said on Jan 18, 2013

    So many ignorant people in positions of Power in AZ… smdh.. starting to ween myself away from that police state…. :/

  7. 3

    Nadroj said on Jan 18, 2013

    Good luck Arizonians. Montana legislature already tried to do this back in 2011 and it didn't work… didn't even get passed senate so they just came up with Senate Bill 423, which is the closest thing they could get to repeal… but even the judges here don't want to enact the bill completely as you guys see :P

  8. 3

    AZDank420 said on Jan 18, 2013

    COMPLETE AND UTTER BULLSHIT! I cant stand that wasted EFFORT MONEY AND TIME… Leave us be… we voted for it, why do they fight their own people?
    We have no rights apparently

  9. 2

    HumCoast said on Jan 18, 2013

    They're calling this a substance, compared to pharma pills and alcohol, marijuana is CHILD'S PLAY.

  10. 2

    DaberNachi said on Jan 18, 2013

    Doesn't surprise me. AZ tried to make trolling on the Internet illegal.

  11. 2

    Elvers said on Jan 19, 2013

    I don't think the house and senate will go with Kavanagh because the Judge already through Brewer out on her ear and I'm sure they will do the same to them and they don't want egg on their faces or there heads chopped off by the Judges dam fools.!!!!

  12. 2

    eddie273273 said on Jan 19, 2013

    Republicans hate you .
    Republicans hate freedom it scares the crap out of them .
    To them free will is terrifying and must be stopped .
    The only remedy for this crap is your vote . You have a voice … use it !

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    Elvers said on Jan 19, 2013

    look at the picture of Kavanaugh , W C Fields pass him his flask. and make sure the kids don't bother him.

  14. 3

    SBStoner said on Jan 21, 2013

    I wonder how much money he's getting from big pharmo and the DEA to pull this bullshit

  15. 1

    Chubbs said on Jan 24, 2013


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