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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Dabbing Hysteria Exposed: Drug-Abuse Educator Slams ABC 15 for Exaggerations

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MaryEllen Resendez exaggerated the impact of dabbing on Shane Watson's life, according to Watson.
Anti-drug educator Shane Watson often thinks about his appearance in a viral ABC 15 news story about the "threat" of dabbing.

"It's not an exaggeration to say that for a short period of time, it ruined my life," says Watson, who works for the local drug-prevention organization notMYkid.

He's not talking about dabs, one of several terms for concentrated hash oil.

Rather, it was the September 16 broadcast on ABC-15 (KNXV-TV) that messed him up.

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Yavapai Board of Supervisors Votes in Support of Marijuana Prohibition

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The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Monday in support of the continued jailing and prosecution of marijuana users.

Influenced by Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk, a staunch marijuana foe, the 4-0 vote for a resolution in favor of prohibition was calculated to help derail planned legalization efforts.

A poll last month showed half the state wants marijuana legalized, and the Marijuana Policy Project considers Arizona a target state for a ballot initiative in 2016.

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Laveen Suspects "Click-N-Ship" 3,700 Pounds of Pot by U.S. Mail in Three Years, Feds Say

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A Laveen-based group shipped nearly two tons of pot through the U.S. Mail in the past three years, a federal indictment states.

Oneil Watson (a.k.a. Richard Powell), was indicted on Friday, and Kerry Ann Hoo, Marlon Powell, Albert Kelly, Rebekah Robertson and Priscilla Zuniga were indicted on February 25th in a separate proceeding, all concerning the suspected large-scale pot-shipping scheme.

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More Than Half of Arizonans Want to Legalize Marijuana, Latest Poll Says

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A little more than half of Arizonans are in favor of legalizing marijuana, according to the latest poll on the subject.

The Behavior Research Center's Rocky Mountain Poll asked more than 700 Arizona residents whether they believe the sale of marijuana should be made legal. Fifty-one percent were in favor, and 41 percent were opposed.

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John McCain: "Maybe We Should Legalize" Marijuana

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Senator John McCain appears to be down with marijuana legalization.

Hey, instead of a legacy as the guy who was always trying to send the country's military to some country you've never heard of, how about a legacy as the guy who spearheaded marijuana prohibition?

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Phoenix Police Still Responding to Craigslist Ads for Medical Marijuana "Donations"

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Despite New Times' discovery last month that Phoenix police are routinely using Craigslist to bust people offering to sell "medical marijuana" for the price of a "donation," the busts continue.

Even though some people post lengthy disclaimers in their ads, claiming that there's no pot sale going on, it's just a transfer of medical-marijuana between patients -- with a donation involved -- it's not preventing the busts.

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