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Marijuana to be on ballot in 2016 general election

Andrew Siebeck
Mesa Legend

In the state of Arizona, two new initiatives on the November 2016 ballot could have cannabis legalized by January 2017. The first initiative, I-14-2016, is not yet on the ballot, but signatures are being collected daily. Roughly 90 thousand of the 200 thousand signatures needed to get this initiative on the ballot have been collected. Dave Wisniewski, Founder of Safer Arizona, drafted this initiative in hopes of complete legalization. His proposal would completely remove the marijuana prohibition clause, ARS-13-3405, from Arizona law. Wisniewski said that his proposition would allow the people to cultivate up to 12 plants per person in their home and carry up to one ounce of marijuana at any given time.

He said that he also has measures in place protecting cannabis users from unfair DUI arrests by allowing THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, to be in someone’s system.  His initiative would also keep medical marijuana in the hands of the Arizona Department of Health.  For those who aren’t following the law completely, I-14-2016 would make cultivation of up to 99 plants a misdemeanor offense, punishable by a fine. He says that with this initiative, these laws will become a right in the state of Arizona that nobody can take away. The other initiative, drafted by the Marijuana Policy Project, has a slightly different approach to the idea. According to Wisniewski, this initiative dos not end prohibition, it simply adds a legalization clause to ARS-13-3405.  The MPP would not cover person to person transactions, so these would still be a felony.

It also only grants 160 retail licenses for the entire state, creating a “felony-enforced monopoly” to these license holders. This would mean that overnight, if this initiative is passed, these stores would have to go from accommodating 80,000 medical marijuana patients to over 3 million. The MPP allows for six plants to be cultivated, but at 7 it becomes a Class 4 felony. It also allows each individual city to ban cultivation and even smoking at home, if the city doesn’t want it to be allowed. When asked his opinion on marijuana, Wisniewski said that “Marijuana is closer related exercise than alcohol.” His logic behind this statement is that since THC has natural anti-tumor properties, the person using the marijuana is actually doing more for their health than somebody who does not smoke or use cannabis in other forms.


EVENTS On Campus

Vita Tax Program

March 3, 5 to 9 p.m.
Southern & Dobson Campus
AS-122 Video Conferencing Room 

It’s that time of year when taxes are due. Vita Tax program is throwing an event to help students and the public get ready for the 2016 taxes.

Admission: Free

Tornado Alley

March 4, 12 to 1 p.m.
Southern & Dobson Campus
Room: SC11  

Dr. Grady Dixon will be speaking at MCC about “Tornado Alley” and how Arizona is at risk for tornadoes too.

Admission: Free

MCC’s Production of Three Sisters

March 5, 10 & 11 7:30 p.m.
March 5 & 12 2:00 p.m.
Southern & Dobson Campus
MCC Theatre

“The play centers around the Prozorov family, who chafes at the constraints of life in their small provincial town, once a bustling army garrison where their late father served as general. Attempts to shore up their crumbling social status lay bare the larger forces of unrest that will soon engulf them all.” -MCC Facebook page

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MCC Lego Night

March 8, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Red Mountain Campus
Mesquite Community Room, 200  

MCC and the Autism Society of Greater Phoenix come together every second Tuesday of the month to spread awarness and to just have fun!

Admission: Free

EVENTS Off Campus

Scottsdale Fashion Week

March 3, to March 5, starts at 7:30 p.m. on March 3,
W Scottsdale Hotel
7277 E. Camelback Road  

Arizona fashion week is back and here to make a statement. Will all new trends and the most up to date styles for this coming year.

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2nd Annual Downtown Mesa Brew Fest

March 5, 2 to 6 p.m.
Downtown Mesa
South Macdonald St.   

For the beer lover’s out there, the Mesa Brew Fest is the one stop shop. Contest, live music, vendors, local brewing companies and more.

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National Butterfly Day With As You Wish Pottery

March 12, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Butterfly Wonderland
9500 E Vía de Ventura.   

Fun for the whole family, enjoy over one hundred different butterfly species while painting different types of pottery pieces.

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Jesus The Christ Easter Pagent

March 16, to March 26,
8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Mesa Arizona Temple Visitors Center
525 E Main St Mesa

Celebrate Easter with music, dance, and fun with The Mesa Arizona Easter Pageant

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