For the last few months we’ve been reviewing our medical marijuana rules to make changes to them in response to an Arizona Superior Court judge’s decision. In addition to the changes needed to comply with the Court’s ruling, also proposing other changes to the medical marijuana rules that affect qualifying patients, caregivers, and dispensaries that include:
- Reducing the fees for qualifying patients who are 65 years of age or older, under 18 years of age, veterans, receiving SSI or SSDI benefits, or receiving hospice services;
- Reducing the fees for the caregivers of qualifying patients who are under 18 years of age or receiving hospice services;
- Adding a process for qualifying patients who are incapacitated and have a guardian to get a registry identification card;
- Adding palliative care of PTSD to the list of qualifying medical conditions;
- Clarifying requirements for the cultivation of marijuana;
- Revising procedures for allocating dispensary registration certificates;
- Clarifying who can sign documents and make requests on behalf of a dispensary; and
- Clarifying requirements for inventory control, dispensing and transporting medical marijuana, and accepting donated marijuana.
After posting drafts of revised rules in February and June and meeting with people affected by the rules in June and July, we’re now posting a third draft, which includes changes based on the comments we received, and an on-line survey for comments on the new draft. Based on the comments that we receive on the third draft, we’ll submit a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking which will include official Oral Proceedings. After that, we’ll finalize the new regulations. We plan to have the revised rules in effect by Summer 2015. Here are the new draft rules.
Mr. Humble you have failed to implement the medical marijuana program in a safe, legal and timely manner. You refused to let go of the cultivation cash cow that controls the price of marijuana and the crime and violence that comes with illegal marijuana use. You have ignored the will of the electorate and fraudulently interpreted the language of the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act in a deliberate attempt to obstruct and confound the program, deny patients the marijuana they were authorized to cultivate and use and you have set up a designer dope racket in Arizona that sells artificially cultivated kiddy cannabis for extravagant prices. You have a history of opposing medical marijuana and your opposition has caused great suffering and death since the voters approved medical marijuana with a 65% margin in 1996.
The pain, suffering, death, crime and chaos that has been caused by your fraudulent interpretations of the 25-mile provision is a clear example of the lengths you have gone to sabotage the will of the voters and the critically ill patients that had rights you have ignored.
I believe you belong in jail for what you have deliberately done.
The above comment is spot on. Mr. Humble has harmed AZ patients deliberately and methodically for far too long, and I am afraid that he is not finished. He should be in jail.
the dispensaries have extremely high prices for pot that’s mediocre at best, but usually poor to disgusting quality. Before they opened I was growing my own which was amazingly good and only a fraction of the cost. The best part about it was that I was the only person who ever handled my pot before I smoked it. I mixed my own soil from pure clean organic materials and never used any pesticides or chemical additives, so I always knew exactly what went into it and what I was getting. Now I have to buy from someone else and hope they are telling the truth about their growing methods and that they didn’t use any of the bad products that are commonly used by commercial growers (including chemicals like bushmaster which contain known carcinogens that are banned in food production) when I buy their low quality buds that have been handled by possibly dozens of dirty hands before me. Even though the quality is lower, I can’t afford the amount of medicine that I previously needed because the dispensaries are such a ripoff.
Now I don’t blame Mr Humble for this. The things that I complain about, and that I hear others criticizing Humble for, are the result of the way that the law was written by the MPP and their inclusion of the 25 mile rule (at the request of their rich profiteering contributors, no doubt). You can’t blame Mr. Humble for what they wrote.
However, Mr. Humble, I urge you PLEASE try to find a way to strike out the 25 mile rule!!! It is unconstitutional. All of the voters hate it, the only people that want it are the ones that are profitting from dispensary sales.
Why don’t we just make it illegal again and then you won’t have anything to complain about ! you guys get that this could be stopped at any time , right ? And your on here for the drafting of a bill , and do nothing but heckle? That’s not really using your voting power in the right place, is it ? If you have a problem with the guy , vote. But this is for comments on the legislation , witch by the way , they did NOT have to do in the first place. If you just want to complain about him, I am confidant there are a few “news and friends” type blogs you can go to .
As far as real criticism goes , for this draft, I actually think there is always room for little improvements in any system. I do personally disagree with the age discrimination. I do not think I should get a discount just for being older or younger than anyone else, especially regarding medications. I believe that we should have a system set up with people’s insurance company’s , and then seniors and children would get discounted that way, and it would be more according to income and capabilitys. This way we ensure no one feels discriminated against.
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