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Smoke ’em If You Got ’em: #AZLeg Considers 15 Marijuana Bills

medical marijuanaFive Arizona Legislators have proposed 15 different bills to regulate … or deregulate… the use of cannabis in Arizona, and there could be more.

Senator David Farnsworth and Rep. Vince Leach want more regulation of small businesses in the cannabis industry and increased law enforcement against citizens who use a plant that never killed anyone. (The specter of the Nanny State rises again in the text of these regulation bills.)

Reps. Mark Cadenas and Pamela Powers Hannley (me) want decriminalization of possession of small amounts of marijuana and want to make medical marijuana cards more affordable.

Senator Sonny Borrelli is bringing back industrial hemp bill, which passed with flying colors in 2017, only to be vetoed by Governor Ducey.

Two of Leach’s bills will be heard in committee this week– HB2064 in Commerce and HB2067 in Health. Details on all 15 below.

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Watch AZ Citizens Clean Election debates online – LD 3 and LD 11 races

Arizona CCEC (Citizens Clean Elections Commission) hosted 2 debates this week in Southern Arizona:

LD 3 House debate at PCC West Campus on October 3:  Democratic House Rep. Sally Ann Gonzales and Green Party candidate Edward “Trey” Cizek III — campaigning for 2 seats in the House.  Not  participating was the other Democratic House Rep. Macario Saldate, running traditionally (not required to be there). All candidates in this race are running traditionally (not with clean elections funds), but CCEC will host a debate is someone requests it.

State Senator Olivia Cajero Bedford (D) did not participate as she is unopposed.

View LD 3 debate online here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djuR3KUFMig&feature=youtu.be

LD 11 Senate and House debate at Hilton El Conquistador Hotel on October 4: State Senator Steve Smith (R) vs. challenger Ralph Atchue (D); House Rep. Mark Finchem (R), House Rep. Vince Leach (R), Democratic challenger Corin Hammond (only clean elections candidate in this race) – campaigning for 2 House seats.

View LD 11 debate online here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1R7QmZ4g82k&feature=youtu.be

Vote wisely on or before Nov. 8, 2016.

Is It Really School’s Choice?

Representative Vince Leach, R-SaddleBrooke, recently replied to a constituent’s concern about SB1279, Empowerment Scholarships; expansion; phase-in, with:

“You are correct in assuming I am in favor of this bill.  Rather than a long, rambling explanation of my position, I simply refer you to the linked research paper: http://www.edchoice.org/research/2015-schooling-in-america-survey/. Please refer to page 27.  It reveals what I believe most people have missed in the school choice discussion.  And that is, while about ~85% of student attend public schools, given the choice, only ~36% would choose to attend public schools.  SB1279 is narrowly defined, it specifies that qualified student includes a child who meets the family income eligibility requirements for free or reduced price lunches under the National School Lunch and Child Nutrition Acts, rather than the specified educational scholarship. IT is for these reasons and many more that I support this bill.” Continue reading