Medical marijuana in Arizona: An open letter to AZ from Westword pot critic William Breathes

Categories: Marijuana

Dear Arizona,

How are things? We haven't talked much lately, what with all of the craziness you guys got into with the feds. But I wanted to congratulate you on (barely) passing your MMJ laws!

Speaking on behalf of Colorado and your other pot-friendly neighbor, New Mexico -- I said NEW Mexico, calm down! -- we want to welcome you to the club of states getting something right. It's good to see you putting the rights of patients first. And as a citizen of your older-brother state, I have to admit that you guys outdid us on a few things. Like these, which I discovered over at the NORML website:

"Patients and caregivers may share marijuana with other patients for free, as long as they don't knowingly cause the patient to exceed 2.5 ounces."

Not sure why you had to legalize generosity, but okay.

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"Patients may not drive under the influence of marijuana; however, marijuana metabolites shall not be proof of impairment.".

So I can't drive under the influence of herb in Arizona, but if I did (not that I condone it), you guys can't really prove I was doing it? That's something I'd expect to see pulled in some liberal city in Holland. You guys have really changed in the last few months, haven't you?

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