Arizona Cardinals Get Political -- Not on Immigration, on Medical Weed

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Like the Phoenix Suns, the Arizona Cardinals have decided to get political.

Don't expect to see any Los Cardinals jerseys, or anything immigration related -- the Cards sat out the whole SB 1070 debate (it was the off-season). The Cardinals are throwing their political weight (and cash) behind an initiative to prevent chronically-ill or severe-pain patients from buying marijuana from state-licensed clinics with a doctor's approval (the horror!).

The Cardinals donated $10,000 to the anti-medical-marijuana group Keep AZ Drug Free today, joining the likes of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and candidate for Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery in the war against prescription pot.

The group is against Proposition 203, which would legalize marijuana for medical use in Arizona. It should be noted that Cardinals President Michael Bidwill is on the group's steering committee.

Bidwell, apparently, is no fan of allowing people suffering from pain to use marijuana. We're curious what safe remedies the Cardinals' team doctor prescribes players when they blow out a knee. We have a feeling it's a little stronger than, say, a few aspirin, and probably a little more addictive than a bong hit.

We're not sure why Bidwell and Keep AZ Drug Free think Prop 203 is so horrible. They didn't return our call this afternoon, and aside from a blog that basically just links to articles written in the media, nothing on their Web site provides information about why they think the proposition is so awful. It basically only says -- in a South-Park-sort-of-way -- "weed is bad...mmm 'Kay?"

The only claim the group makes on its Web site is that Prop 203 "is a danger to our communities," while simultaneously providing no reason why.

Check out the Keep AZ Drug Free Web site here.

The use of medical marijuana has been approved by Arizona voters twice in the last 15 years, but in each case, the wording of the measure prevented it from becoming law.

We spoke to Arizona Medical Marijuana Policy Project (the pro-medical-marijuana group that got the measure on the ballot) earlier this year. Campaign manager Andrew Myers said there shouldn't be a problem getting the law enacted this time around.

"We have the benefit of experience now," he says.

Some of the problems that Myers says are now ironed out are the issue of how to tax the marijuana, certain regulations that dictate where the weed can be smoked, and the number of marijuana dispensaries -- which, he says, are several of the problems facing California's medical-marijuana program.

"Right now, in Los Angeles, there are more marijuana dispensaries than there are Starbucks," Myers says.

Under the guidelines of the new initiative, the number of dispensaries would be limited to about 120 statewide, and smokers would only be allowed to smoke in a private place, not at the dispensaries.

"[Medical marijuana] is overwhelmingly supported in Arizona," Myers says. "In the past, voters have supported it, and polls show that about 65 percent of voters would support it this time."

For more information on the initiative and on the Arizona Medical Marijuana Policy Project, click here.


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Spacebogey
Spacebogey

yea when did all these sports teams decide to get so political? screw u cardinals, and bidwill, you all suck, none of you must have ever had to deal with a chronic illness or had family members who have, its not your place to decide, thats our place as voters, i love the ignorance coming from people who have probably never even smoked it, much less might have needed it to help where other "drugs" couldn't.

Kellycasey88
Kellycasey88

It is interesting to see a NFL team get involved with medical marijuana but it does not surprise me that they are against Prop 203. Their stance is to Keep Arizona Drugfree but it would be nice to see that $10,000 dollars donated to drug education for young students. The ballot is not trying to bring "drugs" to Arizona (because they are already here) it is trying to protect users from being legally persecuted.

MORBIDPH8
MORBIDPH8

Well the Cards got there butts kick by the Falcons today. Karma anyone? lol VOTE YES ON PROP 203!!!!!!!

Phoenix_finishes
Phoenix_finishes

I was a cardinal fan. Why are sports teams weighing in on politics? Isn't sports un-bias?

AlexisTrump
AlexisTrump

THANKS CARDINALS!!! VOTE NO ON PROP 203

TrentO
TrentO

Opps posted 2x I must be stoned or something ha! Just goes to show some of the dangers of cannabis lol. VOTE YES ON PROP 203 VOTE YES TO SHOE ED GOGEK B.S. THE SKY WONT FALL AFTER IT PASSES!!!

Mocodinho
Mocodinho

That's right pot heads. Larry Fitzgerald would have never become a great wide receiver if he smoked dope. The article fails to recognize the true motivation behind legalizing marijuana. It is not because the state suddenly has grown concerned for those that are suffering from ailments, there are plenty of prescription medications available to do that. Arizona is looking for a way to increase tax revenue and save itself from bankruptcy.

Asdo
Asdo

http://www.drugwarrant.com/201... Hehee... Alcohol is a-OK, but weed... that's baaaad... what hypocrites

And weed has NEVER EVER in known human history killed anyone!But alcohol... those numbers are scary ~ 85 000 a year in USA (thats only consumtion, not to mention also car crashes etc...

malcolmkyle
malcolmkyle

Advocating a continued increase in mayhem & tyranny solely for the purpose of financial gain, like the prison guard's union, the DEA, or the alcohol industry, is both despicable and unconscionable.http://www.drugwarrant.com/201...

May I ask you all to please consider the following very carefully: It wasn't alcohol that caused the surge in crime and homicide during alcohol prohibition in the 1920s, it was the prohibition of alcohol. That's why many of us find it hard to believe that the same thing is not happening now. We clearly have a prohibition fueled violent crime problem. A huge number of these violent crimes are perpetrated by criminal syndicates and gangs who use the proceeds form the sales of illegal substances to further even more of their criminal activities.

Prohibition is nothing less than a grotesque dystopian nightmare. We have to regulate and we have to do it now!

The second biggest business during prohibition in Detroit was liquor at $215 million a year and employing about 50,000 people. Authorities were not only helpless to stop it, many were part of the problem. During one raid the state police arrested Detroit Mayor John Smith, Michigan Congressman Robert Clancy and Sheriff Edward Stein.

The Mexican cartels are ready to show, that when it comes to business, they also like to be nonpartisan. They will buy-out or threaten politicians of any party, make deals with whoever can benefit them, and kill those who are brave or foolish enough to get in their way.

If you support prohibition you've helped create the prison-for-profit synergy with drug lords.

If you support prohibition you've helped remove many important civil liberties from those citizens you falsely claim to represent.

If you support prohibition you've helped put previously unknown and contaminated drugs on the streets.

If you support prohibition you've helped to escalate Murder, Theft, Muggings and Burglaries.

If you support prohibition you've helped evolve local gangs into transnational enterprises with intricate power structures that reach into every corner of society, controlling vast swaths of territory with significant social and military resources at their disposal.

Prohibition is nothing less than a grotesque dystopian nightmare. We have to regulate and we have to do it now!

malcolmkyle
malcolmkyle

PRISONS FOR PROFIT FOR PROHIBITION:

One in every hundred Americans is now locked behind bars and one adult in 31 is under “correctional” supervision. As the prison population is growing faster than the government can build prisons, private companies see an opportunity for profit.

The US government's outsources prisons and prisoners to the private sector. It is therefor in the interest of this sector to forcibly stand in the way of any criminal justice reform that would cut into their revenue, even if this results in sacrificing public safety or citizens rights.

Here's a transcript of a 2008 PBS special:

http://www.pbs.org/now/shows/4...

Though the average citizen does not know it, they very likely invest in the Prison-Industrial-Complex through the purchase of stock in the more than 2000 mutual funds in operation, as these derive at least some of their profits from inmate labor or prison construction. Companies such as Disney, General Electric, American Express, TWA, and Microsoft all make a portion of their profits from this industry

http://www.hawaii.edu/hivandai...

The following link will show you the very close relationship between Prohibition and the Prison-Industrial-Complex:

http://www.hermes-press.com/pr...

The fact is, prison-for-profit prohibitionists don't care! They don't care that, historically, the prohibition of any mind altering substance has never succeeded. They don't care that America has the highest percentage of it's citizens incarcerated of any country in the history of the planet. They don't care about spawning far worse conditions than those they claim to be alleviating. These despotic imbeciles are actually quite happy to create as much mayhem as possible. After all, it's what fills their prisons and gets them elected.

Here's what the UK Economist Magazine thinks of us: "Never in the civilised world have so many been locked up for so little" http://www.economist.com/node/...

Here is a list of the organizations opposing proposition 19 - the legalized regulation of recreational cannabis for adults in California this November.

Calif. District Attorney Investigators’ Assoc.,San Bernardino,CA,92415$1,000.002010-05-08

Peace Officers Assoc. of Los Angeles County.Los Angeles,CA,90012$5,000.002010-06-03

Calif. Police Chiefs Assoc.Sacramento,CA,95814$30,000.002010-06-14

Calif. Peace Officers Assoc.Sacramento,CA,95815$5,000.002010-06-30

Calif. Narcotic Officers’ Assoc.Santa Clarita,CA,91355$20,500.002010-07-13

http://projects.latimes.com/pr...

TrentO
TrentO

Well I'm for Prop 203 and I bleed Cardinal red. So yea I really wish sports teams would stay out of politics. VOTE YES ON PROP 203 VOTE YES FOR PATIENTS RIGHTS!!!

Mistalee
Mistalee

Pendejos! Cannabis has been used as an herbal medical treatment, a remedio, for many generations. Effing get over it and just LEGALIZE IT! You goddamned Zonie tards think guns in bars are a good idea, but using cannabis to help a cancer victim deal with chemo-induced nausea is a bad idea? No wonder you elect the dipshits that you do. You are too stupid to live. I LEFT Arizona, and I'm glad I did, but when I did live there my wife went through breast cancer, and radiation, and chemo, and I did on quite a few occasions hold her head and wipe her brow while she retched uncontrollably from chemo-induced nausea. I didn't know where to score, but if I did I would have bought her a lid and taken my chances. GodDAMN all of you pious shitheads who would deny the help and comfort of cannabis to those suffering from terrible afflictions.

Eric
Eric

It's BIDWILL, not Bidwell. It amazes me how many people still can't get that right. Someone who works in the "media" should at least know that.

JustMommy
JustMommy

And we have part two of "your brain on drugs: "THERE butts kicked" Nice.

TrentO
TrentO

The $10,000 is not gonna help the Arizona Medical Marijuana Policy Project has a half mill for it already. The donations are still pouring in. VOTE YES ON PROP 203!

jojo
jojo

Too bad this wont be generating Tax dollars as it is an unfunded mandate...

Morbidph8
Morbidph8

Also the reason for Medical MJ is because we don't want the prescription pills from doctors. We don't want the horrible side effects of synthetic pills. Tell me name one prescription pill that reverses cancer cells? I know cannabis does. http://www.salem-news.com/arti...

TrentO
TrentO

Really? Geez Michael Phelps smokes pot and he became one of the most gold medal winning athletes in Olympic history. Not to mention are last 3 presidents smoked pot. So it just goes to show. The gateway from smoking pot leads to great things.

TrentO
TrentO

Isn't that funny? Come on do you think the NFL would go after alcohol? Check this outAnnual Causes of Death in the United StatesPoor Diet and Physical Inactivity 365,000Alcohol 85,000 Marijuana 0Nothing like nachos and beer at a ball game! ha

jojo
jojo

But no one is saying it to go drink some bud light for medicine.

TrentO
TrentO

The state legislator already voted on a Medical Marijuana Tax. Not to mention it will be funded by registration fees and fines. CO brought in 9mill through there fees alone. VOTE YES ON 203!!!

JustMommy
JustMommy

seriously??? "ARE last 3 presidents smoked pot." This is in and of itself a GREAT example and advertisement of "your brain on drugs".

Mocodinho
Mocodinho

Swimming is a sport for guys who aren't tough enough to play football. Your not making much of an argument by mentioning the fact that the last three presidents smoked weed. Let's see our last three presidents have successfully propelled into a decade long war in the middle east, the second great depression and ran from the greatest environmental tragedy of the century. If you really want to make a difference for the state, vote out these dinosaurs who have been making public policy for the benefit of their friends instead of the state.

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