HB 2149 BY REP. TONY RIVERO (R):
PROTECT THERAPEUTIC EXTRACTS FOR 188,000+ PATIENTS
WHO WOULD WANT CANCER PATIENTS IN JAIL?
EVEN THOUGH HB 2149 PASSED IN THE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE 5-2 ON FEBRUARY 20, 2019, IT IS NOW BEING HELD UP IN THE RULES COMMITTEE BY REP. ANTHONY KERN WHO VOTED AGAINST THE BILL.
PLEASE DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO STOP THIS MADNESS.
IF WE DO NOTHING, THE BILL WILL DIE.
CALL, EMAIL, TWEET, & MESSAGE HIM NOW.
IF HIS OFFICE DOES NOT HELP, CONTACT THE SPEAKER OF THE ARIZONA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, RUSTY BOWERS, AT 602-926-3128 AND ASK FOR REP. KERN TO BE REMOVED FROM THE RULES COMMITTEE.
Fired From Police Job for Lying, Arizona Lawmaker Tried to Help Cops Who Lie
In June 2018, there was a decision by the Arizona Appeals Court - Division I regarding a case called State of Arizona v. Jones that resulted in a media frenzy followed by uncertainty from some of Arizona’s medical marijuana patients and dispensaries.
The Jones case did not involve a dispensary to patient transaction, nor did it involve any preparation or mixture of medical marijuana that is currently prepared and sold through the system regulated by the Department.
Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk is using this case to prevent patients with life-threatening conditions to access marijuana in a non-smokeless form.
Although Sheila Polk's actions are an affront to the state Voter Protection Act and an embarrassment to her constituents, it is now up to our lawmakers to prevent such confusion from affecting our medical marijuana patients.
Because the definition of cannabis includes hemp which is now federally legal, the agricultural and manufacturing growth that will be fueled by Arizona's industrial hemp program may be at risk.
Even Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich has chosen not to prosecute the case commonly referred to as State v. Jones.
THESE ARE THE FACTS
We have a regulated medical marijuana program in Arizona that has over 188,000 patients including thousands of cancer patients who are not physically able to smoke marijuana and must ingest it or consume it in a different form as an extract.
Click on the table to see the latest report (January 2019) from Arizona's highly regulated medical marijuana program.
We can no longer allow an old definition that contradicts the voter protected Arizona Medical Marijuana Act which supersedes the criminal code to be used as a tool to force patients fighting cancer, epilepsy, PTSD, and other medical conditions to smoke marijuana.
The court system must not be used to force vulnerable and high-risk patient populations to smoke marijuana. It is a waste of taxpayer money and resources which will continue to put the state of Arizona in an untenable position until we fix it.
Hemp extract is legal at the federal level and Arizona is on track to create a whole new industry from hemp agriculture. Since hemp extract is also defined as cannabis according to the criminal code, we have to fix the criminal code and remove cannabis from that statute to be in compliance with our state hemp laws as well as federal law, especially the 2018 Farm Bill and the Interstate Commerce Act.
HOUSE BILL 2149
Representative Tony Rivero(R) filed a bill to deal with this issue on January 16, 2019 and remove cannabis from the Arizona criminal code. As Republicans are in the majority at the legislature, House Bill 2149 has a higher probability of success than a bill with a Democratic sponsor.
HELP US FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHTS TODAY. DON'T LET PATIENTS GET ARRESTED AND PROSECUTED.
We are not asking for your money, but we need some of your time. If you need help performing any of the steps below, please text the word liberty to 520.314.6405.
Please take the following steps:
1. Find your elected state Representatives and state Senators using the district locator. Take note of your LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT. Ignore your federal CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT for this purpose.
2. After locating your LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT, please find the 2 house representatives and 1 state senator who represent you in the Elected Official List.
Then contact them by phone and/or email and let them know to support House Bill 2149. If you or a loved one use cannabis extracts or edibles for medical purposes, share your story.
Most of our state representatives and senators don't know that 180,000+ patients using medical marijuana are the real reason opioid use is going down in Arizona.
3. Visit the Phoenix or Tucson legislative offices and register for the RTS (Request to Speak) system using onsite kiosks.
Once registered, you can support or oppose house & senate bills from your home. The more people sign on to support HB 2149, the better our chances of success shall be.
Directions to legislative offices with RTS kiosks:
Thank you for taking the time to get involved with protecting the Constitutional rights of patients in Arizona.