State Representative John Kavanagh Wants Voters to Repeal State's Voter-Approved Medical Marijuana Act

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Marijuana fear-mongerer and state Representative John Kavanagh.
Apparently fresh out of a screening of Reefer Madness, Republican state Representative John Kavanagh wants voters to now vote to repeal Arizona's medical-marijuana law, which voters approved in 2010.

As the first bills are being submitted for the upcoming legislative session, Kavanagh submitted a bill that would put medical marijuana back on the ballot, in 2014.

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Kavanagh provided his nonsense explanation to Capitol Media Services' Howie Fischer, as he explained he was just damn outraged about the reports that about 2 percent of teenagers had obtained marijuana from prescription-pot card-holders.

Kavanagh told Fischer that report was the "last straw" for him, although Kavanagh failed to mention that in that report, teenagers who smoked marijuana in the last 30 days said they obtained it from friends (72.7 percent), parties (28.6 percent), other (23.7 percent), family/relatives (14.8 percent), and school (13.4 percent) more than medical-weed card-holders (11.6 percent). Kavanagh's proposed vote does not address the problems of teenagers having friends or families, or attending school or parties -- which are much more common ways of teenagers obtaining marijuana.

The legislator also doubled down on his statements to the Arizona Republic, saying he wanted to let voters "rethink a decision they made on faulty -- and absent --information."

Kavanagh would need a simple majority in the House and Senate to get this on the ballot for 2014.

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shockedandawed
shockedandawed

The disinclination toward common sense and rational thinking I see in republican/neocon mentalities in this state never ceases to amaze me. When it impacts the well-being of so many it goes way beyond amusing into reprehensible territory.


Mr. Kavanagh should find himself profoundly embarrased by this, but another thing I've learned about these folks is their seemingly inexhaustible capacity for evading the truth and spinning nonsense to cover it. All that's required to reveal just how ridiculous his stance on the medical marijuana is, is to simply review a KNOWN FACT, a matter of public record: "U.S. Government patent number 6,630,507 states unequivocally that cannabinoids are useful in the prevention and treatment of a wide variety of diseases including auto-immune disorders, stroke, trauma, Parkinson's, Alzeheimer's and HIV dementia. The patent, awarded in 2003, is based on research done by the National Institute of Health, and is assigned to the US Dept. of Health and Human Services." Perhaps someone would do him the service of dialing him in?

I mean....duh. LOL Like I said...if it wasn't for the fact that these politicians are keeping natural medicine from so many who need it, this would be laughable. But they are. And so it's not. 

jrstacy77
jrstacy77

he looks like a dick with ears

pearlsvaluables
pearlsvaluables

What i find most interesting about MJ and other drugs....is that most of the Gray hair old people actually smoke and are just embarrased or scared to be a part of the MAJORITY. Face it and I know SEVERAL JUDGES, COPS, ATTORNEYS and theirs WIFES etc that love weed and a lil som'n som'n. Too each his own, but there ARE just as many people in Suits and Ties, Badges and police cars that are much worse than those stereo types we see on the streets. i know someone who engages DAILY for at least the last 20-25 years, they are healthy, have a home, money in the bank, happy kids  and function just fine in society.....FACE THE FACTS, Nothing wrong with NATURAL HERBS, that man mad shit like ALCOHOL and METH is the problem 

LegitQuestions
LegitQuestions

I'm a resident of LD23 and don't appreciate your comments about being the goofball district of the year. Maybe a good starting point for fixing this problem would be for the Democrats to actually run some candidates in LD23. You see, there were no Democractic, Liberterian, Green or any other candidates on the ballot in LD23 in 2012. As a result, I simply didn't cast a ballot of State Rep or State Senator in 2012, but it would be really nice if a non-Republican would actually run in the district so we have an alternative to Kavanaugh, Ugenti and Reagan. Don't blame us voters, however, for returning the crazies to the State House and State Senate when there was no one running in opposition on the ballot.

republicans-suck
republicans-suck

This has been voted on and passed three times now. It's time to boot nut jobs like this. There isn't more important business for our elected reps. to deal with???

ReggieVV
ReggieVV

My point about this district winning the title of goofball district of the year is confirmed. Between, Michelle Bachman Ugenti and John (go back to New York) Kavanaugh, we have two lunatics. The trend in this state actually would be toward the Colorado option rather than repeal of the current medical law. Idiots will continue to be on display with this legislative session. Revenge of the Sun city, Fountain hills blue hairs.

ptcgaz
ptcgaz

DREAM on douchenozzle Nazi GOP asshat.


comrade
comrade

Seems like "DON" Arpayaso, head of the Maricopa Cartel called a meeting to let al his dealers; (Gin Brewsky, Twotimes Russ, Mustache Kavanaugh, etc) know, that they have to find a way to get rid of that Medical Marijuana Law, "cause it is getting harder to  get rid of the one they have. Probably they are not getting as much profit as before. It's getting harder to arrest people for possession of it, therefore no more money comming from the feds for every person that otherwise, should be in custody, you know, extreme situations require extreme measures, Arpayaso and family are suffering, so the hitman has to act.

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

I've never had the displeasure of having met Mr. Kavanaugh, although I did hear him speak at a gathering in the park in north Phoenix one summer eve in 2011. Seems the local yokel Repubs were gathered to show support for Mister R. Pearce, the disgraced former state senate president. The ONLY sitting state president in history to be recalled while in office. Shameful, indeed.

Anyway, Mr. Kavanaugh took it upon himself that evening to issue thinly veiled threats to the sitting Repubs who didn't vote for the Pearce bills earlier in the year. Seems he was going to be sure those Repubs were not re-elected. That didn't work, now did it? 

I digress. Sorry. 

I guess it might be accurate to say that Mr. Kavanaugh doesn't necessarily have the interest of the "people" in mind, rather he has the interest of the local yokels in the Repub party who tell him what to say and think. 

I really wish he would go back east to where he emigrated from. They need his type there.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

Will  Kavanagh try to ban beer sales because some are known to buy beer for their underage siblings?

The only thing regarding MMJ that should be o the ballot in 2014 is full legalization, as happened in Co and Wa.

tromulus
tromulus

How about we just all vote this moron out of office.  Is he so out of touch with reality that he thinks anyone believes the reefer madness lies any longer?

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

The voters approved MMJ three times.

Seems Kavanagh is as much of an idiot as Arpaio and Pearce.  They seem to hate the law, state's rights, and the will of the people.

dtmac
dtmac

Another last gasp in the death rattle of the war on cannabis.

Cozz
Cozz

Now if we could just have re-vote on idiots like this that got elected by not needing signatures for a recall election.

>>wanted to let voters "rethink a decision they made on faulty

robert_graham
robert_graham

Now why would voters vote to repeal the state's marijuana laws when the same voters just voted in favor of it? Thinking that will happen is about as idiotic as thinking that voters would impeach Sheriff Joe after they just re-elected him.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@Tommy_Collins In my dealing with most New Yorkers over the last 4 decades, I've found most to be straight shooters and ethical.  (maybe a bit harsh in their words, but that's it!)

When I first heard of Kavanagh, I thought he was the same.

Now, I KNOW that the guy has to look up to see pond scum on the evolutionary scale.


Tommy, any visits by MCSO after you were at the park?  The Deps sure were watching you!

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

@WhoKnows I'm afraid the decrease in pot sales may be nothing more than an indication that our kids are using hard drugs, instead of pot. Meth, coke, and such are readily available, not to mention Oxy and other prescribed drugs that parents leave available for our kids to sneak away with. Kavanaugh just has his head buried where the sun doesn't shine and this is just a typical Airy Zona Repub publicity stunt to make him feel important. I'm sure he has the state senate in mind down the road.

ptcgaz
ptcgaz

@WhoKnows exactly. I mean it teens are going to get pot they have to get it from somewhere. It's not like it magically just grows for you, or magically appears in your joints, pipes, bongs, or your brownies.. 

I say just legalize it already.

LegitQuestions
LegitQuestions

@tromulus How about running a candidate against him in the first place.  He and Ugenti were the only two names on the ballot for State Rep in LD23 in 2012 so the Dems have to put someone up against him if they ever want to defeat him.

ptcgaz
ptcgaz

@dtmac pretty soon it will be legal in all 50 states. what will he do then? (Put it in his pipe and smoke it?)


WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan Kavanagh thinking he can repeal it is as STUPID as the people that voted for Kavanagh, Arpaio or Pearce!

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

@WhoKnowsFunny you should ask. I walked up on one who was parked close to my house and saw him using a laptop, presumably to hit my internet. I called the local professional police agency where I live and they came out to check him out as a 'suspicious person'. It was interesting to watch the interaction when the depyatee had to identify himself to the P.D. and try to explain what he was doing in their jurisdiction. Since that time the local Community Resource Officer watches the area for similar activity. Local cops don't really care for the county mounties messing with their citizens, it seems. Not everyone is enamored with the concept of having the county sheriff as their elected official. 

LegitQuestions
LegitQuestions

@Tommy_Collins @WhoKnows He won't run against Reagan in LD23 and he has a completely safe seat in the House as long as the Dems continue to fail to run a candidate against him as the did in 2012.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@ptcgaz @WhoKnows The reality is that pot has been easier for high school age kids to get than beer - FOR DECADES.

No one checks for ID when selling pot on the street.  Legalize it, tax it and regulate it, just like beer.  That will make it harder for kids to get!

LegitQuestions
LegitQuestions

@WhoKnows The only two names on the ballot in LD23 for State Rep in 2012 were Kavanagh and Ugenti.  There was no one else on the ballot to even vote for so don't balme the LD23 voters when the Democratic Party shirked its responsibility to contest the Republicans in this district.

MandyMountain
MandyMountain

@Tommy_Collins @WhoKnows  Such a gentle reminder that fellow provided about the need for encrypted wireless connections. Use the best you have available and a strong password on your router!

ptcgaz
ptcgaz

@WhoKnows @ptcgaz lol I graduated high school in 1996, and I can tell you that there was pot available for everyone 20 times over. 


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