June 2017

az4norml-leaf AZ4NORML Monthly General Meeting

Saturday, June 10th, 2017 3PM – 4:20PM

Meeting called: President: Jon Gettel and Vice President: Brittany

Secretary: Eric and Treasurer: Aaron

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: Brittany Social Media Coordinator: Brittany
    • Treasurer: Aaron Event Coordinator: Tom M.
    • Secretary: Eric Advisor & Honorary Chair: Robert Clark


  • Announcements: Community Announcements:
    • Meetup.com: Websites: AZ4NORML.org & theTPS.org
    • Facebook page: Please post and participate
    • Officers and board members needed, please see me after the meeting
    • Product designer, event planner, Facebook manager needed


  • Events: (Critical part of AZ4NORML’s community outreach)
    • Sat June 24th: TPS Meeting – Ward 6, 3PM
    • Sat Jul 08th : AZ4NORML July Meeting, Ward 6 3PM
    • Mon, Jul 10th: It’s 7/10 + Planning and ideas?
    • Wed, Sep 20th: Magic Mushroom day – Mushrooms are medicine
    • Fri, Sep 29: Pride on Parade – 4th Avenue: NORML Float?
    • Sat, Sep 20th: 40th annual Pride in the Park, Reid Park
    • Oct tbd: Tucson Blues Festival
    • Oct 11-14: Drug Policy Alliance Conference: Reformconference.org :Atlanta
    • Sat Oct 21: 30th Annual Nam Jam
    • Any Concerts, Festivals, Events – Rialto Theatre, Volunteers needed


    • AZ AG Mark Brnovich wants court to reinstate ban on MMJ at College
      • Lawyers for the state argue the legislature can alter the Prop 203
    • AZ researcher stubborn in fight to study MMJ and PTS(d)
      • Johns Hopkins dropped plans to partner in the study
      • Dr. Sisley must recruit participants from AZ
      • “We are not permitted to prescribe, promote or discuss the use of medical marijuana with our veterans,” said Paul Coupaud, a Phoenix VA public affairs officer.
    • ADS: MMJ can help Arizona address opioid problem
      • Will Humble former ADHS director has “changed his mind”
      • National Academy of Sciences report: “Substantial and Conclusive evidence the marijuana is effective in managing chronic pain”
      • April Study shows drop in opiate overdose/hospitalization in MMJ legal states, similar study in 2014.
    • MMJ Cardholders grow new businesses
      • 98,000 people applied for cards in 2015, 40% increase from 2014
      • High Road Design Studio: Tempe interior design for MMJ dispensaries
      • Medicated Mavens: Safe space to heal your body and mind
      • Blue Door Therapeutics: Quit Opioids with Marijuana
    • Maricopa judge refuses to lower fees for MMJ cards
      • ADHS fiscal year, $19.9mil in fees, $7.8mil in expenses, fund exceeds $31m
    • Facebook shuts down the Safer Arizona Facebook page
      • 2015 FB begins policy disallowing cannabis activism sites and discouraging the flow of educational materials.
    • Tucson Police “Catfish” Facebook, attempting to entrap people
      • Discussion
  • Information & Projects:
    • 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
  • Activism: Please contribute art, writings, and support to our website, FB