A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post expressing concerns about the legality of so-called cannabis clubs that have been popping up recently. It appeared to me that the clubs are distributing marijuana to customers in a way that’s inconsistent with the provisions of the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act- and the persons involved could be conducting illegal marijuana transactions… which is why we asked the Arizona Attorney General’s Office for review and analysis.
The Arizona Attorney General has completed their analysis of “cannabis clubs” and have concluded that the clubs and the folks working in them aren’t allowed to legally transfer marijuana. The Attorney General filed a civil action in Maricopa County Superior Court today against four Valley cannabis clubs. Today’s action asks for a “declaratory judgment and injunctive relief” meaning that we’re asking the court to stop the cannabis clubs from operating and claiming that they’re able to operate under the protection of the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act.
Yeah, serious crime that someone may be attempting to receive some compensation for their labor. Serious stuff, I tell ya. You know, because it’s illegal for someone to get any compensation for their labor unless you guys permit it. Then it’s ok. Makes total sense that you would want law enforcement to take action against this type of crime. Really, it does. People who might be profiting – no matter how small – is cause for serious concern. If it’s free, then of course that’s totally within the law. Attempt to make a couple dollars, no sir! Get those awful, bad men off the streets. Think of the children!
How is this helping people who need medicine? It appears that since the voters passed the law, AZ and the health dept. have done EVERY thing they can to make it so patients can’t get marijuana. Seems like it should be the exact opposite, although it’s good to see everyone’s cards on teh table finally. Silly.
I am concerned when the representatives are trying to thwart the will of the people. We are supposed to be a “government of the people, by the people, for the people” Seems like that has long been forgotten.
Had the issuing of dispensary certificates happened, this would be a non-issue. The state and AZDHS are the responsible parties for any “deviations” from Prop 203.
Well if the dispensaries were not put on hold, this would not have happened. Any words on when we could expect those to open, since you are shutting down the only resource for sick dying people. Remember this is for the sick patients.
Do they just want us to die? Why does government forgot about the element of time? How long do I have to sit in pain? An hour, two hours, a day, a week, a month? Sorry, I am getting my medicine and I am getting it now!
So no mater what you do you are breaking a law?
Then where is the protection of the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act ? You have achieved what you set out to do in the very beginning. Destroy it !
One can also say that the lawsuit filed by the state to prevent / slow down the implementation is also “inconsistent with the provisions of the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act.”
We are not consistent in our application of consistency.
You are to be applauded for the way you were going about the dispensary program. I lessoned to an interview you had and it looks like you are the first government official that does his homework. You have avoided all the issues that Ca. has had with their program. I think for now, all the owners and future owners, want to know is what are the rules so we can play by them.
Keep up the good work.
Good for you. It’s about time really. If people are having a hard time accessing the pot that Prop 203 says they’re able to use, it’s not your fault. The LAW is what matters.
If they would start licencing the dispensaries then these “Clubs” would go away. I really don’t care if it is a club, or a dispensary as long as I keep getting MM it has helped me cut my doctor prescribed pain pills down by 1/3 on the Morphine and 1/2 of the Dilaudid. Should of done this years ago.
Most of the medication I take says for the side affects could cause heart disease, cancer, chronic infections, suicide, and the list goes on. No one seems to care if I will die from any of those medications, so i think it is rediculous when I hear that people are so worried and want to put me in jail because they think I may also be using medical marijuana not only to relive my pain and nausea but I may be getting high. LOL thanks for caring about my life
When proposition 203 passed, I celebrated my responsibility of democracy and my freedom of choice as a citizen of this great nation,”The United States of America”. That privilege allowed me by to choose a more responsible and a more manageable solution to the pain and discomfort of my every day battles: compared to being heavily medicated and under the influence of all the doctor prescribed medications and their resulting side affects. My rejoicing was short lived.
On the 3rd of February, 2011, I proudly joined a caravan heading to Scottsdale to accept our M.M. certification and to pay the associated fee of $125.00. We then applied through the state A.Z.D.H.S. for our required identification card and state number along with the required $100.00 process fee.
Now here is where I get confused. I have made several inquires into different entities, Non-profits, that are supposedly designed to assist in my legally obtaining and possessing my prescription of Medical Marijuana. One entity offers me “Free Medical Marijuana” as long as I pay the annual membership fee of $25.00 and a concurrent payment of $75.00 on each visit. And this is with the hopes that when I do enter the establishment that there just happens to be another client present that just happens to have “Extra” medication.
Another entity proposed that I designate a caretaker within their ranks that I will pay his $200.00 process fee to become my caretaker at which time he will begin growing my 12 plants. With the option, or I mean with the insistence that I “Donate” $385.00 to my caregiver for each ounce I require for my prescribed medication to assist in his ability to reinvest into more chemicals and production equipment. However he did state that my high point of this adventure is that at harvest time I could look forward to receiving my allotment from my 12 plants, a free “Half Ounce”. He informed me that the rest of my crop shall be sold to those, oh crap did it again, will be asked to “Donate” $400.00 an ounce because they have yet to designate a caretaker. What is wrong with this picture?
I live in an apartment, H.U.D Housing, that does not permit me an area or choice to cultivate my medical marijuana. You see my first two options to choose from or do I resort to my third and final option to obtain my medication through illegal and criminal endeavors. Which I detest with every fiber of my bone. My luck, my first buy would be from an undercover officer, lol.
On my disability check, it reads $696.00. I can neither afford to purchase membership to any entity or to pay an admission fee in order for me to legally have access to and to obtain my legal prescriptions. I know there must be a number of Arizonan’s out there that feel the same way I do and/or they may have found a solution and would hopefully share. I will continue to read this blog and hopefully there are enough of us out there that wish only to help find a solution to this situation and continue to allow this program to offer those in pain a healthier and more manageable choice of pain management.
so can you open a club for just people to hang out and smoke, just like a cigar shop does. no selling of anything, just a place for people who like to smoke and not drink. why is that not fair to us.
The Arizona Medical Marijuana Act cut a small wedge for medical use for marijuana from the criminal code. The idea you suggest was not part of the act the voters passed. It would take another vote by the public or action through the legislature to make this type of use legal.
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