May 12, 2018

az4norml-leaf AZ4NORML Monthly General Meeting

Saturday, May 12th, 2018 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: Tom M Social Media Coordinator:
    • Treasurer: Aaron Event Coordinator:
    • Secretary: Jon G Advisor & Honorary Chair: Robert Clark


  • Announcements:

Community Announcements:

    • Websites: &
    • Amazon smile- no cost to you – order and credit us, please!
    • Facebook page: Please post and participate, FB Page assistant
    • Compass Bank: Compass 4 your cause: link your account & waive svc fees
      • Link your debit card and AZ4NORML gets a percentage
    • AZ Corp Commission Report Filed – We’re legal for another year!


  • Events: (Critical part of AZ4NORML’s community outreach)
  • Sat May 12th: TPS Saturday Afternoon Meeting @ 12:30
  • Sun 5/20 Celebration w/ Desert Bloom @ Musselman’s Raceway
  • Mon May 21st : Ward 6 Room Reservations due early today
  • Thu May 24th: 5:30 evening meeting TPS
  • Fri Jun 8: Michael Franti @ Spearhead @ Rialto Theater
  • Sat Jun 9: AZ4NORML June Meeting 3pm
  • Wed Jun 13th: June Movie Night “Dirty Pictures”
    • Documentary about Alexander “Sasha” Shulgin who discovered more than 200 psychedelic compounds including MDMA (Esctasy)

*** Any Events, concerts, or Festivals you would like us to attend let us know!


    • Marijuana zoning success and opposition under scrutiny as a powerful group gets its way in several zoning application decisions. The Phoenix Board of Adjustment approved cases in which the group represented a dispensary and rejected those the group opposed. The group includes two former city officials, a well-known Phoenix attorney and a politically connected individual. Is anyone surprised?
    • Arizona is one of the nation’s largest and most successful medical marijuana markets
      • 150,000 MMJ patients, 43 tons of MJ sold in 2017 and increase of 48%
      • 18-30 year olds are 25%, under 40 are 50%, 61% are male
      • 85% treat chronic pain in AZ, 62% is average
      • AZ has just 130 state licensed dispensaries, leading to long lines in some areas
    • President Donald Trump tells a Republican Senator from Colorado that he supports states’ rights and would help find a federal solution to marijuana laws.
    • Gov. Doug Ducey meets with medical marijuana executuves
    • Appeal hearings begin on medical marijuana treatment for autism
    • Lawmakers pitch recreational marijuana as a way to help fund Arizona teacher pay raises.
    • Medical marijuana is coming to Louisiana: 9 dispensaries have been licensed, 11 doctors have been licensed to recommend, 4 more have applied
    • UPS Store employee steals 1.75 lbs of marijuana from a package and calls the police to come for the remainder and is arrested.
    • Is it ok to call it marijuana instead of cannabis?
  • Discussion and Questions:
  • 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