May 2017

az4norml-leaf AZ4NORML Monthly General Meeting

Saturday, May 13th, 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: Advisor & Honorary Chair: Robert Clark


  • Announcements: Community Announcements:
    • Websites: &
    • 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 May 27th: TPS Meeting – Ward 6, 3PM
    • Sat Jun 10th: AZ4NORML June Meeting, Ward 6 3PM
    • Mon, Jul 10th: It’s 7/10
    • Wed, Sep 20th: Magic Mushroom day – Mushrooms are medicine
    • October: Event season starts
    • Oct 11-14: Drug Policy Alliance Conference: :Atlanta
    • Any Concerts, Festivals, Events – Rialto Theatre, Volunteers needed


    • AZ Gov. Ducey attends anti-marijuana conference in Atlanta, applauds donation from SAM for legalize opposition:
      • “Fortunately Arizona is a place where common sense can still work”
      • SAM: Preventing another “big tobacco”
    • Safer Arizona collecting signatures to put marijuana on the ballot in 2018
      • Volunteers needed, ideas for collection. Swap Meet?
    • Dimitri Downing of Arizona’s Marijuana Trade Industry Association (MITA)
      • Says voters may get an alternative to Safer Arizona’s Measure in 2018 no details to be released yet
      • Says MITA does not oppose Safer, but does think they give the dispensaries the “middle finger”
    • Mikel Weisser of AZ NORML does not think NORML should endorse the Safer
      • Arizona initiative, saying language is too “out there” and a poor track record, he has sent the initiative to National NORML for 2nd opinion
    • Gov. Ducey signs HB2244 which will throw out initiatives for minor errors
      • This has been an effort of Republican legislators to undermine citizens initiatives, this was written by the head of the AZ Republican party
    • Pima County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy plead guilty to misusing drug seizure funds, Christopher Radke confessed to using the money for $600 model airplanes, and artist menu work for the Sheriff department restaurant.
      • Radtke says that the department for 18 years laundered forfeiture funds to get around the restrictions of use of these funds. He was charged with 6 felonies, plead to 3 misdemeanor “theft of public funds” – one year probation
    • Prosecution of Oklahoma pipe shop confuses residents of Norman, OK
      • Charging owners with “Acquiring proceeds from a drug activity”
      • Norman, OK is a college town, police trying to seize all assets
  • Information & Projects:
    • Mikel Weisser:
    • Bob: Update on Legalization 2017, Safer Arizona and Court/Trial Support
  • Activism: Please contribute art, writings, and support to our website, FB