Dec-9-2017

az4norml-leaf AZ4NORML Monthly General Meeting

Saturday, December 09th, 2017 3PM – 4:20PM

Meeting called: President: Jon Gettel

Attendees: Welcome, Please sign-in!

  • Mission Statement: AZ4NORML works to educate the community about the benefits of medical cannabis, the safety of responsible adult use, and the value of industrial hemp.
  • Chapter Leadership:
    • President: Jon Gettel Clinical Advisor: Aari Ruben
    • Vice-President: Social Media Coordinator:
    • Treasurer: Aaron Event Coordinator: Tom M.
    • Secretary: Advisor & Honorary Chair: Robert Clark

 

  • Announcements: Community Announcements:
    • Meetup.com: Websites: AZ4NORML.org & theTPS.org
    • Amazon smile- no cost to you – order and credit us, please!
    • Facebook page: Please post and participate, FB Page manager needed
    • Compass Bank: Compass 4 your cause: link your account & waive svc fees
      • Link your debit card and AZ4NORML gets a percentage
    • Officers and board members needed, please see me after the meeting

 

  • Events: (Critical part of AZ4NORML’s community outreach)
    • Fri-Sun, Dec 08-10: 4th Avenue Street Fair – Marijuana Legalization
      • Signature Gathering Outreach – Meet at the Hut to volunteer
    • Sun Dec 10: 36th Annual Toy Parade- Booth @ Sun Riders Clubhouse
      • 7251 S. Cardinal Ave, Need Volunteers
    • Thu Jan 25 – Sun Jan 28: Gem and Jam 2018 *approved
      • Don’t forget your tickets, campground, camping passes
      • Volunteers needed, Merchandise Ordering help needed
    • Sat Feb 24th: 36th Annual Peace Fair and Music Festival
    • Sat Mar 24: Beats & Bunnies Easter Party @ Galactic Center
      • Exciting new partnership with Industry Standard Productions
    • Any Events, concerts, or Festivals you would like us to attend let us know!

NEWS and INFORMATION:

    • Harvest of Tucson Dispensary Grand Opening on Friday, Dec 15th
      • 2726 E. Grant Rd, Tucson, AZ 85716
      • 10a-11a Free education from Dr. William Troutt
      • 11a-2pm Grand opening celebration with specials, vendors and more
    • Lab tests find mold on MMJ sold in Phoenix
      • Former Encanto Green Cross employees says it’s a common problem
      • Lab says mold and yeast levels are higher then allowed by other states. Arizona does not have any testing requirements. Discussion?
    • MMJ is our best hope to fight the opioid epidemic: rollingstone.com
      • Insys (Phx maker of Fentanyl products) gave $500k to oppose legal mj
      • Insys new synthetic MJ product “Syndros” is Schedule II.
      • Nat’l Academy of Sciences issues a report showing conclusive evidence MJ helps chronic pain, early research shows it could help people get off opiates. NM finds that MJ patients 17 times more likely to quit opioids.
    • 20 year old Douglas resident uses a zip line to send bundles of MJ from a tall building in Agua Prieta to a vacant lot in Douglas. Pot shooting Bazooka and a marijuana-hurling catapult also found this year.
    • AZ Court of Appeals is a asked to rule if AZ’s MMJ fees are too high.
      • Atty Berberian says evidence exsists the AZ Gov. Ducey and Former Gov. Brewer kept fees high to reduce participation in the program
      • ADHS collected $24.9m last fiscal year and spent $11.2m
      • Former ADHS director Humble set fee based on 25,000 people qualifying, 143,000 currently have a card.
  • Information & Projects:
    • Jon went to a large Marijuana conference in Las Vegas
      • MJ Biz Conference – 18000 attendees, 900 vendors
    • Safer Arizona collecting signatures to put marijuana on the ballot in 2018
      • Volunteers needed, ideas for collection. Swap Meet?
    • Bob: Update on Legalization 2017, Safer Arizona and Court/Trial Support