Medical Marijuana: Arizona To Hold Prescription Pot Lottery

It's been a busy couple of days in America's weed world.

For starters, Arizona will hold a lottery tomorrow to pick medical marijuana dispensaries, according to The Associated Press.

Why will the state hold a contest, you might ask?

Though prescription pot is legal in Arizona, the Department of Health Services received 486 apps from individuals or businesses who want to open shops in 99 of the 126 designated dispensary areas -- part of the Department's long-term goals for its medical marijuana program.

However, in 75 of those 99 areas, more than one individual or business applied for a dispensary certificate.

So they're doing a straight-up lotto -- we're talking ping pong balls chosen at random, for reals -- to pick a winner.

The Department's decision comes shortly after many of Arizona's sheriff's and county district attorneys demanded that Gov. Jan Brewer put the brakes on the state's dispensary program, citing federal statutes against cannabis -- which have caused confusion (read: a messy, messy clusterfuck) in California. (Brewer and state Attorney General Tom Horne stalled dispensary development last year by filing a federal lawsuit. However, their claim was struck down by a judge, prompting the program to continue.)

And in other bud-oriented breaking news, California Rep. Barbara Lee has sponsored legislation that would put an end to the federal crackdown on state medical marijuana operations, according to U.S. News and World Report.

Recall, also, that Ron Paul recently introduced the "Truth in Trials Act" in Congress, which would give legal protections to prescription pot users.

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Corporate greed and individual bigotry have accelerated us towards a situation where all the usual peaceful and democratic methods, which can usually be employed to reverse such acute damage, no longer function as our founders intended. Such a political impasse coupled with our great economic tribulation is precisely that which throughout history has often ignited extreme social upheaval and violent revolution. 


“To function as the founders intended, our republic requires that the tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.”

 —Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to William Stephens Smith, November 13, 1787


Fortunately we are left with one last peaceful avenue for change: Jury Nullification.


Jury Nullification is a constitutional doctrine that allows juries to acquit defendants who are technically guilty but do not deserve punishment. All non-violent 'drug offenders' who are not selling to children, be they users, dealers or importers, clearly belong in this category. 


If you sincerely believe that prohibition is a dangerous and counter-productive policy, then you must stop helping to enforce it. You are entitled to act according to your conscience:  Acquit the defendant/s if you feel that true justice requires such a result. You, the juror, have the very last word! 


* It only takes one juror to prevent a guilty verdict. 

* You are not lawfully required to disclose your voting intention before taking your seat on a jury.

* You are also not required to give a reason to the other jurors on your position when voting. Simply state that you find the accused not guilty!

* Jurors must understand that it is their opinion, their vote. If the Judge and the other jurors disapprove, too bad. There is no punishment for having a dissenting opinion.


“It is not only [the juror's] right, but his duty … to find the verdict according to his own best understanding, judgment, and conscience, though in direct opposition to the direction of the court.” —John Adams


We must create what we can no longer afford to wait for: PLEASE VOTE TO ACQUIT! 



Quoting Newt Gingrich: "On September 16, 1981, Representatives Stewart McKinney and I introduced legislation designed to end bureaucratic interference in the use of marijuana as a medicant.  We believe licensed physicians are competent to employ marijuana, and patients have a right to obtain marijuana legally, under medical supervision, from a regulated source". Source: The Journal of the American Medical Association, March 19, 1982;247(11)


step right up folks,  win the right to medicate yourself and cure yourself from wicked diseases,  those who don't win,  tough luck,  you should go to jail for what you do,  for shame for shame

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