"Stoned Guy's" Viral Video of Bird Catching Bug Helps Arizona Cannabis-Legalization Effort

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A viral video of a "stoned guy" reacting to a giant bug in his yard will help Arizona's cannabis-legalization movement.
A viral video of a "stoned guy" reacting to a giant bug in his front yard is helping the Arizona cannabis-legalization movement.

Dave Wisniewski, chairman of Safer Arizona, made the video about two weeks ago, after spotting a large grasshopper while taking out his recycling garbage. It's attracted more than 511,000 views on YouTube alone, and Wisniewski has arranged for any financial proceeds to help his pro-marijuana political committee.

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Arizona Marijuana: Rally at State Capitol for Legalization Follows Prohibition Propaganda

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Dozens of cannabis supporters rallied at the Arizona State Capitol today in an effort to bring their message to lawmakers.

Pro-marijuana activists with Safer Arizona and other groups held signs and chatted with reporters and legislators about their goal to end pot prohibition in the state.

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Arizona Medical-Marijuana Users Consumed 10 Tons of Legal Cannabis Products in 2014

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A new state report shows that slightly more than 10 tons of marijuana were smoked, eaten or otherwise consumed in 2014 by Arizona's 60,000 medical-marijuana patients.

New Times obtained the information from the Arizona Department of Health Services, which produced a similar report in 2013 of the transactions at authorized dispensaries.

See below for the state's breakdown on the latest numbers:

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Merilee Fowler and MATFORCE are Anti-Marijuana Propaganda Tools

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Merilee Fowler, executive director of MATFORCE, an anti-substance-abuse group fighting marijuana legalization in Arizona.
The marijuana legalization movement has several foes in Arizona, and Merilee Fowler, executive director of MATFORCE in Yavapai County, is one of the biggies.

Both sides are getting an early start on the campaign to pass or defeat a likely ballot initiative planned to be put before Arizona voters in November of 2016. Judging by the propaganda that Fowler and other prohibitionists like Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk are already pumping out, truth is the first casualty in what looks to be long slog ahead.

Witness the Communist-like propaganda penned by Fowler appearing in various Arizona news outlets today, including the Arizona Capitol Times.

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Sky Harbor Airport Passenger Found With 92 Pounds of Weed in Checked Luggage

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A passenger on a flight out of Phoenix's Sky Harbor airport tried to check luggage containing 92 pounds of marijuana, according to the TSA.

A TSA spokesman says the Phoenix Police Department was contacted once agents made the discovery.

According to court documents obtained by New Times, 39-year-old Lauretta Blanton had actually spread the load among three checked bags, and two of the bags actually made it onto the plane.

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"Dangerous Hash-Oil Blasts" Linked to Pot Decriminalization in Republic Propaganda

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The dangers of fire and explosions related to "hash oil" may be newsworthy, but Friday's Arizona Republic story on the cannabis concentrate reads more like pro-prohibition propaganda.

"Dangerous hash-oil blasts are an increasing concern," according to the headline of the Valley & State story. A sub-head continues, "In markets with more relaxed pot laws, new threat looms."

The sub-head's message heralds the questionable political angle that the threat won't loom if only voters would say no to legalization.

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Arizona Marijuana-Legalization Campaign for 2016 Ballot Measure Becomes Official

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Proponents of a 2016 citizens' initiative in Arizona that aims to legalize marijuana for adults 21 and older filed paperwork with the state on Thursday, the first step in their campaign.

The Marijuana Policy Project of Arizona initiative still has a long way to go before becoming a law. But if it's successful, it would reverse about 80 years of marijuana prohibition in Arizona, raise millions in tax revenue and potentially end black-market sales of the plant.

The downsides: We'll let you know if we think of any.

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Marijuana Use by Teens Down in Colorado

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Marijuana use by teens continues to decline in Colorado since the proliferation of retail medical-pot stores, but the state's health department would rather focus on perceptions over reality.

A news release put out today by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is headlined, "New survey documents youth marijuana use, need for prevention." And the article begins with the concern-inducing statement, "Fewer high school students in Colorado think using marijuana is risky."

Reading on, though, it's obvious the real news from the 2013 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey is that marijuana use among teens in one of the country's most marijuana-friendly states is falling.

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Marijuana-DUI Case Tossed by Arizona Supreme Court in Metabolite Ruling

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Arizonans no longer risk getting a DUI for driving with an inactive metabolite of marijuana in their blood following a ruling by the state's high court.

The Arizona Supreme Court announced this morning that it was reaffirming the trial court's decision to dump the case of Hrach Shilgevorkyan, who was prosecuted for driving while impaired after a blood test revealed the presence of marijuana. New Times covered the case and overall issue in detail in our May 2013 article "Riding High."

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Hear Kevin Sabet, "Legalization Enemy No. 1," and Sheila Polk on Pot This Thursday

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If you've been craving a dose of "Reefer Madness," there's still time to RSVP to Thursday's annual conference of the central Arizona anti-drug organization MATForce.

The public portion of the conference runs from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors auditorium, 205 West Jefferson Street. The featured speaker is Kevin Sabet, the anti-cannabis activist that Rolling Stone magazine calls "Legalization Enemy No. 1."

Sabet's a drug-policy expert and marijuana prohibitionist who's served as adviser to the Office of National Drug Control Policy under two presidents. He's on a crusade to save marijuana users by forcing them either to undergo re-education and "treatment" -- or to rot in jail.

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