Marijuana Advocates to End Effort to Recall Senator Kimberly Yee

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Matthew Hendley

A local group that announced plans to try to recall Republican Senator Kimberly Yee is ending that recall effort.

The group, the Arizona Veterans Assistance Committee -- which was formed by people from the Phoenix chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) -- targeted Yee as she blocked a bill that would have helped fund university research on marijuana's effects on veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.

See also:
-Marijuana Advocates File Petition to Recall Senator Kimberly Yee

The chairman of the recall committee, local attorney and Libertarian politician Marc J. Victor, posted the following on Facebook this morning:
Hello everyone, I just got off the phone with Senator Yee's lawyer. He read me verbatim the statement they are going to release as soon as the recall is withdrawn. Although it isn't as good as I would want, it is a clear victory for our side. Senator Yee will now support MMJ research. More importantly, she has moved from an enemy of medical marijuana to at least a moderate supporter. Additionally, she has agreed to meet with Andrew Myers, who did a great job on this project, and others in the MMJ community to discuss the issues going forward including legislation for next term. I think this recall made a big statement, got lots of attention, and served notice that the MMJ community can no longer be ignored. In that regard, it was a huge victory for the big picture which is total legalization of marijuana. A free society requires nothing less.

At the time of this post, however, the Secretary of State's website still shows the recall as active, and we haven't seen any statement from Senator Yee.

UPDATE April 17: Well, the recall group is still waiting for that statement from Senator Yee.

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An activist just told me that this story was wrong, that the recall is still in play.

DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Typical slacker stoners, always quitting before the goal.


Marc Victor is FULL of it. He can't fool people who actually have experience in the politics of the Arizona Legislature with that bullshit.

The ONLY legitimate reason to call off the recall is because "recall" is technically NOT an option. The next possible election is THIS year. That's not a recall, it's a general election.

If you want to put political pressure on Yee, you have to support her opponent.

Anything less is complete and total capitulation TO Yee.


She's giving in too easily. She KNOWS she faces a legitimate opponent in Patty Kennedy, who currently serves on the Glendale Union High School Governing Board.

Yee is truly vulnerable and should be challenged at the ballot box.

IF she delivers the funding for the MMJ research BEFORE Sine Die, believe her. If she doesn't, she's just blowing smoke... pun intended.


If this is on the level, it's progress.


YAY!! A little give and take is appreciated!


@arizonaeagletarian I've got to be honest here...  I haven't seen where she even RELEASED a statement regarding this issue.  A "Recall" is moronic because of what you said.  She's got to be beaten at the ballot box!  Just like Montgomery!  We've got to TARGET him and actually get off our ASSES and work to defeat him.  If we DON'T work to defeat him, he'll probably run unopposed again.  That in and of itself should be criminal! 

But I've not even seen where she made a statement regarding this issue.  Therefore, she obviously doesn't give a crap about our "threatened" Recall...  That's BS!

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