Jay Ziegler operated a medical marijuana retail shop within the town of Crawford with approval of the town council. That lasted until the town council voted a ban of those retail establishments, and voters approved of that decision in an election exactly one year ago on April 3.
Crawford voters approved Ballot Question 5B which prohibits the operation and licensing of medical marijuana centers, medical marijuana-infused products manufacturers and optional premises cultivation operations. The vote was 57-45 (55.88 percent versus 44.12 percent) in favor of the ban.
Ziegler would like for the town to allow the sale of marijuana — recreational and medical. He gave the Crawford trustees and mayor photo copies of his credentials. "I didn't train to be a dispensary owner. I trained for youth outreach." He worked with abuse prevention, homeless prevention and with developmentally-disabled youth. He worked at the Arizona State Hospital in the adolescent teen unit as well as other medical and psychiatric facilities.
His copy showed identification cards from the Crisis Prevention Institute, Inc. dated Feb. 16, 2000, for having completed 12 hours of training in Nonviolent Crisis Intervention, as a certified Healthcare Provider with the American Heart Association dated Sept. 2001 with a recommended renewal date of Sept. 2003, as having completed the National Safety Council Professional CPR course on Sept. 5, 2001, with an expiration one year later, as completing Basic First-Aid training with the Mesa Fire Fighters Association, as completing a National Safety Council Defensive Driving Course, as fully-certified in 1998 with the Arizona Department of Health Services Office of Behavioral Health Licensure and a business card from Home Base Youth Services in Arizona.
Ziegler said it was his experience that when patients would come in for medical care, they would be asked if they had used any drugs. If they said they had used pot, they would be asked to come right in because the staff knew they would not be dangerous. If they used alcohol, they could be a threat. If they used cocaine or other drugs, they were an absolute danger, Ziegler said.
Ziegler said gateway drugs include prescription pills children see their parents use. Ziegler provided figures on how many Americans are killed each year from prescription pills 25,000 to 50,000, caffeine 1,000 to 10,000, tobacco almost one-half million, alcohol over 150,000. For Schedule I drugs which are marijuana, heroin, Ecstacy and LSD he listed around 10,000 deaths a year.
"There are households that have marijuana but not alcohol because marijuana can't kill a human being," Ziegler said. He believes marijuana is wrongly listed as a Schedule I drug.
"We have to stop this double standard of all the other drugs and then marijuana," he said.
Trustee Christie Young stated she appreciated Ziegler's passion and his hope to make his living selling marijuana. But she said the town council was waiting to hear from the state task force and what the federal government's position will be. Then the people of Crawford can react to the opinion as put forth by the council.
"Until then, there is nothing we can do, one way or the other," Mayor Susie Steckel said. "We've heard you over and over again and that's it."
Ziegler pointed out that on Feb. 6th, the council could have voted to ban commercial recreational marijuana establishments, but they did not. He said he hoped the citizens would follow the council's example and learn about the issues. "I see this as a bonus that we are even here. This could have ended last month and it didn't. I'm so thankful on so many levels. I hope you understand a little bit tonight that it is so much more than I just had the shop. If we are going to talk intelligently to kids about drugs, let's stop lying to them," Ziegler said.
As Ziegler continued speaking and explained about a vaporizer, the trustees had enough. The trustees stopped his discourse and the mayor moved on with the remainder of the agenda.blog comments powered by Disqus