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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Prop 203. What to Expect From the Passage of Arizona's Proposition 203 Initiative Legalizing Medical Marijuana

As I've previously posted, the most significant outcome of the 2010 elections here is the gains made by ultra-conservatives in both houses of the Arizona State Legislature. The SB1070 worshiping cabal of the Arizona Republican Party now has a veto-proof majority in both the Arizona House and the Arizona Senate.

They immediately flexed their muscles by electing Russell Pearce - the Godfather of the HB1070 anti-immigration movement - to be the new President of the Arizona State Senate. Russell Pearce's brother, Lester Pearce, is the presiding judge over all of the Justice of the Peace Courts in Maricopa County. "Judge" Pearce - who is not a lawyer - was quoted by Garrett Epps in a recent issue of The Atlantic as telling an audience that the Constitution was written by Moses, among other choice bits of Constitutional analysis that you can read about here.

Senate President, Russell Pearce has created a new committee called the Border Security, Federalism and States' Sovereignty Committee. The chair is going to be Sylvia Allen (she’s the one that gained national notoriety for stating, during another committee hearing earlier this year, that the earth was 6,000 years old). You can watch the video below:

Expect the possibility of a lot of resistance to the implementation of the Prop 203 initiative and the potential for a lot of litigation before dispensary doors open in Arizona.

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