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Letter: Medical marijuana


Enough. Yavapai County prosecutors, at the direction of Sheila Polk, continue to advance the absurd in the Arizona Supreme Court. The posture? Smoking marijuana to relieve pain is the only use allowed Arizona residents. To consume an edible would make one a felon despite medical marijuana being approved by voters in 2010.

To maintain the state issued card one must present annually medical records, pay some $250 in fees and agree to aid by all provisions of Arizona law governing marijuana. Done and done by law abiding citizens. Being compliant now may mean being subject to the prejudice and convoluted interpretations of the County Attorney.

If Ms. Polk does not approve, she need not ingest. That decision is hers. Medical use of marijuana is legal in Arizona. Analgesia is a desired effect and edibles provide that safely. In what universe is non-addictive pain relief twisted through semantics into a crime? Look close to home. A state-issued card and dispensary supplied edibles will not prevent the Yavapai County Attorney’s Office from extending a prison sentence for following the law.

I am asking the Yavapai County Board to Supervisors to examine the direction taken by the County Attorney’s Office. It is counter-productive. Perhaps fentanyl dealers, currently granted probation, are those more in need of observation.

The dismissal by the Arizona Supreme Court of the prosecutor’s argument, all parts of a plant are not part of the plant, would reaffirm our faith in reason.

L. Baron Shimmin

Prescott Valley

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