Arizona Lawmakers seek restrictions on MMJ

A pair of Arizona lawmakers are each proposing bills that, if approved, could decrease the state’s MMJ patient population.

A bill proposed by Rep. Jay Lawrence, R-Scottsdale, would prohibit naturopaths and homeopaths from recommending medical marijuana, YourWestValley.com reported. A second proposal by Rep. Kelly Townsend, R-Mesa, would criminalize marijuana possession for pregnant women, even when MMJ is recommended by a doctor.

Both bills require a super-majority vote for passage, as the state’s medical marijuana law was enacted through voter referendum. They would then have to survive legal challenges under the state’s Voter Protection Act, which restricts lawmakers’ ability to amend laws enacted via ballot initiatives.

Under Arizona’s current law, naturopaths and homeopaths along with allopathic physicians and osteopathic physicians are allowed to recommend medical marijuana. Lawrence contends that naturopaths and homeopaths have been irresponsible in providing prescriptions, turning the process into a money-making scam.

Arizona’s Department of Health Services recently reported that doctors issued 77,639 medical marijuana certifications for patients in 2015. Naturopathic doctors issued more than 87% of those certifications, while 77% of the recommendations were for chronic pain. The next highest category was cancer at 2.6%.

Nearly 88,000 Arizonans have medical marijuana certifications.

6 comments on “Arizona Lawmakers seek restrictions on MMJ
  1. Dee on

    Arizona physicians do not prescribe medical marijuana. They certify their patients as having a qualifying condition that permits the use of medical marijuana.

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  2. Uti on

    Leave it to a repub male to want to criminalize pregnant women who possess medical cannabis with no scientific evidence. How about all the other pharmaceuticals that are scientifically known to cause harm to pregnant mothers and their unborn children? I hereby nominate Mr. Townsend for the Harry J. Anslinger award for inhumanity.

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  3. Gentle Jim on

    It is the same thing happening everywere. The people speak and the money flows to stop the peoples will. once again “best government money can buy” strikes again. Wake up ! Speak up! Vote as if your life depends on it, because it does!
    God bless all those who work to end the war on drugs, it’s just an excuse to seize power and push tyranny.

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  4. Rhea Graham on

    How many prescriptions were written for drugs with deadly side effects during that same time by the nay-sayer doctors?
    Does he realize we all have an endocannabinoid system and need this plant? Does he realize prescriptions for morning sickness cause side effects to the babies?
    We’ve got a lot of educating to do!

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  5. Robert on

    Of course a majority of Arizona recommendations are from naturopaths, they aren’t getting big pharm kick backs like traditional medical professionals. You don’t see “big marijuana” sales reps out schmoozing doctors and clinic staff.

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