Arizona Medical-Pot Supplier JP Holyoak of Arizona Natural Selections Wants GOP Critics to "Know Who They're Hurting"

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Andrew Pielage
J.P. Holyoak and his 5-year-old daughter, Reese.
J.P. Holyoak cuts an intense presence as he prepares to guide news media members and a couple of local state representatives through his medical-marijuana cultivation facility.

He appears even more stressed than the average late-30s man with three kids should be. Standing outside the nondescript brick-and-concrete industrial building in a complex of similar buildings near Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Holyoak makes reporters and TV cameramen promise to keep the address of the facility secret before entering.

He lightens up only as he spells his name for everyone: "A Bible and a tree," he says with a grin before going back to his worried look.

He's not thrilled with going forward like this, he says, and he's concerned about how his family will be accepted in the community.

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Holyoak's been a financial adviser since 1998, and he's an "unapologetic conservative Republican," he says.

He doesn't want to discuss or answer questions about recreational marijuana, he adds.

This comes off as a snub to one of the lawmakers on the tour, state Representative Ruben Gallego, a Democrat from Phoenix, who floated a bill this legislative session that would legalize marijuana and regulate it like alcohol.

Holyoak's not fawning over the other lawmaker who showed up, either -- Democratic state Representative Juan Mendez of Phoenix. Yet he shows less respect for at least one member of his chosen party: "Kavanagh disgusts me," he seethes.

He's referring to Representative John Kavanagh, a Republican from Fountain Hills, who once told New Times that his proposed repeal of Arizona's voter-approved 2010 medical-marijuana law would include no exceptions for cancer patients or anyone else.

"This should be a Republican issue, not a Democratic issue," Holyoak says. "It's a healthcare issue -- and why play politics with people's health?"

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Andrew Pielage
State Representative Ruben Gallego inspects a medical-marijuana growing facility on Friday.
Holyoak's an agent and board member of Arizona Natural Selections, a nonprofit company that runs two medical-pot dispensaries authorized by the state Department of Health Services, one in Cave Creek and the other in Peoria. The grow operation near the airport is expected to supply weed sold at both shops and excess product can be legally sold at wholesale prices to other registered Arizona dispensaries.

A former manufacturing facility for convenience-store sandwiches, the edifice is a sprawling, low building with a cavernous basement and large passageways. The structure appears under-utilized by the operation, with perhaps more than half the floor space unused and devoid of furnishings or equipment. Paint's peeling off the bricks in some spots, and there's a patina of dinginess from age -- it'd be a good choice of location for a scary movie.

But the sections used by the growing operation are immaculate. One hallway contains two large water tanks and an expensive-looking filtration system. Several large rooms are set up for growing marijuana: one for clones (the "babies"), one for "teens," and, finally, the flowering room, where hundreds of plants puffy with young buds stand in rows of pots. The operation's first yield is still a few weeks away.


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DannyNoonan
DannyNoonan

This is hilarious stuff coming from New Times, the rag that is (only suitable for wrapping fish or picking up your dog's crap).  


A.) the most out-spoken critic of marijuana today is Patrick Kennedy (Democrat) who heads an organization pushing for bans on oth medical use and recreational use.  


B.) Many Republicans are on record as saying marijuana should be legalized.  Even Pat Robertson of 700 Club has stated it should be legalized for crying out loud.   


C.) Democrats have had complete and total control of Congress, the Executive Branch and Judiciary and still have NEVER legalized or even attempted to legalize pot....so don't give me the lie that this issue is a Dem versus Repub issue.


It is only an issue for Dem's right now, as the DEM party is reeling with their idiotic ODUMBOCARE that is destroying (real) people's lives by the millions.   


Remember folks, it was the RACIST Democrat Party that put in place prohibition of marijuana to begin with.  They didn't want the good folks exposed to the "Devil's weed" which they felt was mostly smoked by black folks.   This same racist Dem party has kept Blacks poor, unemployed, and hooked on the Govt teet since the Civil War days when Dem's fought to keep slavery legal.  If a black person tries to leave the Democrat plantation, they are literally hunted down and harassed into silence.

DNichols
DNichols

To the Arizona G.O.P. 

Chid Murdering Neo Nazi's are Good, even "Saints".

Child Molesting Racist Minute Men are Good, they get "Plea Deal Amnesty".

Marijuana users even for Medicinal purposes are "Evil".

G.O.P. "Desert Racist Wasteland." is a pretty fair evaluation of Arizona about now.

cmiller2900
cmiller2900

It amazes me how folks are so "scared for themselves and their families" getting into this industry; step aside and let the fearless take over.

teknik
teknik topcommenter

Sorry bro, The GOP wants to turn this place into a police state and cannabis users are easy jail fodder.


They are anti-freedom and that's why this is a liberal issue and not a conservative one.


Wake up and learn the truth of your party instead of the image the propagandists spin.

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

FYI, the Arizona Democratic Party has officially endorsed the legalization of marijuana for recreational use and still supports medical marijuana.  There is a difference in parties folks. 


While Dems were voting on this, the GOP voted to censure McCain for not being loony enough as well as endorsing a plan to deny independent voters from voting in the GOP primaries. Independents are more welcome than ever in the big tent of the Democratic party. 

Arizona Luke
Arizona Luke

Incorrect, it's the Dems that have a War on Cancer patients, not the GOP. The largest segment of those that have Medical Marijuana cards have been diagnosed with 'general pain' and 'anxiety' --- i,e loser potheads that know how to game the system.

Joe Ploskonka
Joe Ploskonka

LOL, yeah most of them are just loser cancer patients and dying elderly people! LOLLERCOPTER!

Arizona Luke
Arizona Luke

Yes, because EVERYONE using medical marijuana are disabled kids. LOL.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

The headline "... GOP critics..." is misleading and disingenuous.  Not a surprise coming from the misleading and disingenuous liberal rag Phoenix NewTimes.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@dennis20 ,,, there is no current proposal to LEGALIZE marijuana in Arizona ... or any other state.



timdlittle
timdlittle

How can you hear what you're thinking with all that bull in your head?

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

There is only one word to sum up AL's post...


BULLSHIT

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

You are a completely wrong on both points.

1) ACA (Obamacare) not only stopped insurance companies from denying people with pre-existing conditions like cancer, it also guarantees that insurance companies cannot drop people for it.  Republicans want to repeal it so badly they shut down the government costing our economy over 35 billion in revenue.  


2) By now the wing-nuts like Tea Party Republican Rep. John Kavanagh and Tea Party Republican County Attorney Bill Montgomery should have plenty of examples where medical marijuana is causing social, criminal or economic problems. They offer none, other than old fashioned fear-mongering.


Alchohol is a much more dangerous drug. Check the history, it was the KKK and the Democrats who were for prohibition. Dems have changed their views on racism and personal liberty since then. The KKK moved to the republican side of the isle on almost every issue.   

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... everyone knows that "medical" marijuana is merely a pretext and charade for stoners to get high legally. 


The vast majority of "patients" in Colorado were merely recreational stoners gaming the system, at the expense of the few legitimate patients who had bona fide "debilitating medical conditions"

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

some are vets with PTSD though..regardless, its still safer than alcohol 

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@jeanjb 

The lesson you should be taking away is that issues are never really "Republican" or "Democrat".  Hating all Republicans, as you seem to, is a form of bigotry that is just exactly as foolish as hating all Blacks.

Stop thinking along party lines and try thinking for yourself.

 

azlefty
azlefty

@fishingbluesYes instead it should say "GOP Leadership wants to deny a child medication  that helps her!"  since it is much more truthful and accurate.  Sadly Dixiecrats like you who have destroyed the  GOP can only think in Us Vs Them terms

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @dennis20 Are you really that stupid?  Az. Dem Rep Rubin Gallego has proposed a bill to legalize marijuana as well as the Safer Arizona initiative. The Arizona Democratic Party voted to endorse legalization last saturday at it's meeting while the republicans were busy voting to censure McCain for not being loony enough. 


Pay attention DonkeyTroll. At least read the articles you post on. 

timdlittle
timdlittle

@DonkeyHotay @dennis20  Yes as of the second you wrote it there is not. But one is going to introduced and signatures are being gathered. The Arizona theocracy is not going to come into to play any time soon. The people still have a voice.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

@DonkeyHotay,

Does it take much effort to be as ignorant as your comment suggests that you are?


I have MS, the guy ahead of me in line at the dispensary Sunday has brain cancer. I guess that, in your little mind, that makes us "stoners?"

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@david_saint01 


PTSD isn't an approved condition for the administration of "medical" marijuana.


Even if it was, why limit it to PTSD vets since there are millions of civilians who suffer from PTSD ... often from the trauma and abuse they received at the hands of military scumbags.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

@valleynative@jeanjb 

It's hard to have any sympathy for Arizona Republicans when they overtly promote intolerance and ignorance, don't seem to understand the concept of "Separation of Church and State,"  and introduce bills that deal with PROBLEMS THAT DON'T EXIST.


What they seem to excel at is things like wanting to deny treatment to this little girl and the many others, myself included, who benefit from having medical cannabis available.



fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@azlefty @fishingblues  Golly lefty, I'm Libertarian.

Have a little trouble reading and comprehending, do you?  The text of the article states:  

"Some state legislators want to repeal the law," Holyoak tells the lawmakers and reporters. "I want to introduce them to Reese so they know who they're hurting."


Catch the 'some state legislators' language  Yet the title of the article specifies "GOP critics".    Hope that helps, nimrod.  

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @dennis20 DonkeyDung, you are an idiot. You have no knowledge or understanding of the legal system and how laws are created or changed. We are done now. Carry on by yourself.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@dennis20


Ignorant fucktard who's too stupid to read that actual proposals, just like the fools in Colorado.


How many FELONY marijuana statutes does this supposed "legalization" measure repeal?


How many Criminal Misdemeanor marijuana statutes does this fake "legalization" measure repeal?


What pathetically puny limits and restrictions does it place upon the individual citizen user -- under Penalty of Criminal Law ?


Stupid fuckwits like you are too brain-dead to know the difference between LEGALIZATION and a Continuation of CRIMINAL Prohibition, with extra regulations and taxes added for fun.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@shadeaux14 "I have MS, the guy ahead of me in line at the dispensary Sunday has brain cancer. I guess that, in your little mind, that makes us "stoners?""


It makes you the MINORITY of registered patients, the vast majority of which are in fact stoners simply gaming the system to get high.


No honest dispensary owner or player in the industry would even attempt to dispute that fact.





DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@dennis20 @DonkeyHotay @david_saint01 


Hey fucknuts, California and "Main [sic]" aren't "MOST STATES".


Try again.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@timdlittle @DonkeyHotay @david_saint01 


Get back to us when you prove that laughably false statement that "MOST STATES" cover PTSD as a condition for medical marijuana recomendations.


[ cue those crickets chirping ]



dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @david_saint01 Hey Donkeytroll, 

You need to learn to use google so you stop making an ass of yourself.  California and Main both cver PTSD.  

allanbartlett
allanbartlett topcommenter

crickets chirping? that would be your sex life donkey punch.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@david_saint01


Do tell, which specific "most states" allow PTSD as a condition for medical pot recommendations?


[ cue crickets chirping ]



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@david_saint01 "but in most states where Med marijuana is legal it is"


Not in Colorado.


Do tell, which specific "most states" allow PTSD as a condition for medical marijuana recommendations?


Or did you just make that up to sound cool?


david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @david_saint01 not in AZ, but in most states where Med marijuana is legal it is. I completely agree, it shouldnt be limited to just vets. Lots of people have PTSD for one reason or another. (not sure about the military scumbags comment, but to each their own)

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@valleynative "The most newsworthy ..."


... as selected and elected by the Teatards and Repuglycans to REPRESENT THEM in office.



valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay@valleynative 

The most newsworthy (as determined by the likes of New Times) of them tend to be, and particularly stupid people seem to form their opinions of entire groups based on the most newsworthy members.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@valleynative the point you deliberately ignore is that Repugs and Teabaggers are -- on average -- lowlife hateful bigoted racist prohibitionist scum.


hth

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@shadeaux14@valleynative@jeanjb 

The point you continue to miss is that it isn't divided neatly along party lines.  There are Democrats who oppose legal marijuana, and Republicans who favor it.

Opinions probably divide more closely along lines of age, than political party, with people over 65 being against legalization.  The fact that, in Arizona, most of those people also happen to be Republicans is secondary.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @fishingblues Genius - Tested and proven.  

You illiterate fuck.  Yuck, yuck, you suck.

Fucking parasitic welfare queen.  Why are you alive?  You are a drain on mankind and of no worth or value.  

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @fishingblues I'm not trying to defend anyone.  I simply enjoy running at you stupid, illiterate liberals.

Wait .... why don't you tell everyone how you think socialism and communism are the exact same thing?  Wait ... why don't you tell everyone that you think anal retentive and oral fixation are the same thing?  Wait .... why don't you construct another sentence confusing singular and plural nouns?


Is there an intelligent liberal with a HS education on the planet?  (That is a rhetorical question.)  Liberals are too stupid to graduate HS.  That is why they vote to have the federal government give them a living.  They are too stupid and lazy to earn one on their own.   Fucking parasite.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@fishingblues "As valley has correctly stated, one party is no better than the next where cannabis is concerned.  "


More bullshit from the resident Cliff Clavin.


Which party implemented the CSA and placed marijuana as a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance?


For a shitbag who claims he isn't a Repuglycan or Teabagger, you sure do waste a lot of time attempting to defend their reprehensible actions and policies.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@david_saint01 @fishingblues @azlefty As valley has correctly stated, one party is no better than the next where cannabis is concerned.  

If you were a Libertarian, you wouldn't have your melon shoved so far up your ass, you bigoted prick.

Bill Murray is looking for your ass and he is pissed.   

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@fishingblues @azlefty well genius, who are the ones that continually defy the will of the voters and keep trying to block VOTER mandated laws as it pertains to medical marijuana? REPUBLICANS. IE Brewer, Horne, and Monty pug. 

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