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Mon, June 17

Letter: A closer look at Proposition 203

EDITOR:

Proposition 203, the initiative to legalize medical marijuana in the state of Arizona, is not a homegrown initiative. Prop. 203 is a document written and composed by an organization in Washington D.C. called the Marijuana Policy Project, (MPP). This group of activists claims to be interested in legalizing marijuana for medical use in Arizona. The health of Arizona residents is not their concern. Their only agenda, as quoted from their vision statement, is to legalize marijuana nationwide.

Prop. 203 covers different scenarios involving pot use and is worded to nullify any consequences for positive test results of pot metabolites in a person's blood. Section 36-2802, letter D, states that "qualified patients" operating a motor vehicle, aircraft or motorboat who test positive for pot in their system, can be exempt from a DUI charge. As an employer, could I fire my employee for testing positive for pot? How do I keep a drug-free work place? Am I violating an employee's rights if medical marijuana becomes legal? A Walmart store in Michigan is dealing with this issue right now. They terminated an employee who tested positive for pot; he claims it's for medical use and they are in court.

Prop. 203 takes away property owner rights. Section 36-2813, letter A, states that as a landlord, if you refuse to rent to a known medical marijuana card-holder, you can be accused of discrimination. If you rent to a card-holder, does he have the right to smoke pot in your rental? If he lives 25 miles away from a dispensary, does he have the right to grow pot in your rental?

MPP will keep pushing the medical aspect of this issue to draw attention away from all the hidden extras this initiative is laden with. Proposition 203 is not about medicine. In November, let's tell these carpetbaggers to stay out of Arizona politics. Vote "No" on Proposition 203.

Ivan Anderson

FF/CEP

Member of the Speakers Bureau

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