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What is Safer Arizona?
Safer Arizona is a Political Action Committee that sponsors ballot initiatives to legalize marijuana in Arizona.
Safer Arizona is a Political Action Committee that creates and sponsors bills for Legislative action.
Legislative Action Proposals
1. Harm reduction - Removing felony penalties for small amounts of marijuana.
2. Medical Marijuana patients grow rights. Rescinding the 25 mile rule, giving all medical marijuana patients the right to grow there own marijuana.
3. Property seizures not unless there is a criminal conviction. Modeled after a law recently passed in Minnesota.
4. Good Samaritan for people who have overdosed. Person taking them to hospital or calling emergency have immunity from prosecution. Modeled after Colorado law.
5. Casey law like Kentucky's. Getting underage people with addiction problems into detox and rehab facilities by the parent petitioning the court.
6. DUI Law amendments to add protections from false prosecution. Making video records of sobriety tests required to be present as evidence in court.
7. Jury Nullification court rule changes. We want to change the instructions to the jury to include the decision as to whether the law should have been applied in this circumstance.
We need funding to pursue these political goals. You can help us by contributing to Safer Arizona.
Contribute $49.00 to the political action committee and we do not need to identify the contributor.
Contribute $20.00 a month and we will have a stream of revenue.
Safer AZ Cannabis Reform Situation Report 9/30/14
After pulling our 2014 cannabis legalization initiative in June of 2014, Safer Arizona’s legislative liaison & board member, Mikel Weisser, assumed position of executive director of the group to direct our energies for the upcoming 2016 initiative campaign that was being brought to AZ by MPP.
Through the summer, at the behest of the Safer AZ board, Weisser developed the relationship with leaders of the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) and the ADA to better keep track of their actions and to insert Safer Arizona into the decision making process of those “officially shaping” the upcoming campaign for Arizonas cannabis rights.
When MPP’s representative Neal Levine, first came to assess the situation in June, Safer Arizona was one of their meetings. When MPP returned on Aug. 27th to commence their campaign, Safer Arizona was one of the key meetings they held that day (all and all our rep. attended 5 hours of meetings with MPP: an hour long direct conference, a two-hour shared conference and attending a two hour public presentation).
Safer Arizona’s stated intentions are thus:
1) Serve as a representative for the larger cannabis community in the campaign and initiative process;
2) Shape the language of the upcoming initiative to make it as consumer friendly as possible;
3) establish a profession relationship between the AZ campaign committee and Safer AZ , wherein Safer AZ can be an active partner w the campaign (thus guaranteeing our interests are protected);
4) Develop our own fundraising arm to afford better operations and provide services to the campaign including a) activist outreach, b) campaign fundraising assistance, c) public education events, d) legislative advocacy, e) qualified petition gathering, & f) community messaging and guidance.
National MPP has consistently responded favorably to our efforts and provided encouragement that we are pursuing a shared agenda; and so, despite outcry from the under-informed public, Safer Arizona has continued to develop this relationship, principally with Sarah Hollyhead, the MPP development rep.
Once the Arizona based campaign committee was formed, Safer Arizona reached out to their officers, Ryan Hurley and Gina Bermen and had lengthy meetings Thursday, Sept. 25. Again the local MPP committee reassured Safer Arizona that our stated initiative objectives--various legal and anti-discriminatory protections for cannabis users, limited personal grow, protected status for mmj patients, and reasonably unrestricted market access to licensing for newer and smaller cannabis operators—are part of their vision of the legislation they hope to create.
A representative from R.A.M.M.P. (Registry of AZ Medical Marijuan Patients) has independently verified that their impression of the goals of the new AZMPP organization are in keeping with our stated objectives. AZ MPP did make suggestions to Safer Arizona as to ways we can help advance the overall project. In specific, AZ MPP asked Safer Arizona to develop these objectives:
1) Review and upgrade our existing data base so we can use it as a tool in our work in the upcoming campaign;
2) Begin marketing our tee-shirts to smoke shops and dispensaries to advance our messaging; 3) Attend the upcoming AZ MPP fundraiser (our table would cost $1000);
4) Increase our efforts to public outreach;
5) Overcome our own oh-so-very-public in-fighting that damages our credibility. Both Hurley and Bermen re-emphasized appreciation of our work so far and a desire to work w us in the future. Towards that end, the AZMPP committee has sent me an invitation to their fundraiser kick-off event which I have forwarded to my board for approval.
Safer Arizona SIT REPAfter pulling our 2014 cannabis legalization initiative in June of 2014, Safer Arizona’s legislative liaison & board member, Mikel Weisser, assumed position of executive director of the group to direct our energies for the upcoming 2016 initiative campaign that was being brought to AZ by MPP.
6/17/14 Ariz. group ends '14 effort to legalize marijuana Ryan Van Velzer, The Arizona Republic 10:45 p.m. EDT June 17, 2014 PHOENIX -- Arizona residents won't be toking up in public anytime soon. At least, not legally. Safer Arizona, a cannabis-reform political-action committee, announced it stopped collecting signatures for its 2014 ballot initiative to legalize marijuana last week. The volunteer-driven initiative fell well below the 250,000 signatures necessary to get on the ballot, said Mikel Weisser, executive director for Safer Arizona. "It was around a third of what we were after," Weisser said. "It's not going to be a number that we are rallying behind, it's a benchmark to improve from." The organization lacked the funding and the manpower to collect all the required signatures, he said. All four of the volunteer organizers held day jobs and could work on the legislation only part time. Additionally, the ballot initiative faced pushback from within the pro-marijuana community. The measure, if passed, would have redirected the issuing of marijuana licenses from the Arizona Department of Health Services to a revenue-related department, Weisser said. "There were people in the dispensary industry and the cannabis establishment that liked our vigor and verve, but a lot of people were worried about what we would do for the business model," he said. Safer Arizona isn't throwing in the towel, however. The organization has already begun redirecting the momentum of the signature campaign for a 2016 ballot initiative, one that reflects the needs of the community, he said. Weisser will have his first public meeting for the 2016 initiative with the Yavapai Cannabis Coalition on Wednesday. "One of the things we have is tens of thousands of people who have already signed for us, and hundreds of people who have already volunteered for us and now we will be able to build out of that a much mightier ballot initiative," Weisser said. To do that, Safer Arizona plans to build a united front with the Marijuana Policy Project, the organization that drafted Arizona's medical-marijuana bill, and already has plans to draft a bill similar to the one passed in Colorado. "Over the next couple years we will be building a broad coalition of community activists, local leaders, organizations and businesses that are committed to passing a law that regulates marijuana similarly to alcohol," said Mason Tvert, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project. "Our strong network of support in the state will be strengthened even further by joining forces with the dedicated activists behind the 2014 effort. Marijuana prohibition's days are numbered in Arizona," Tvert said.
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