The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (CRMLA) in Arizona announced that the campaign needs 150,642 valid signatures by July 2016 in order to get onto the November 2016 ballot. As of December 2015 the campaign has reached 150,000 signatures.
Organizers believe the swift start to the signature collections for the campaign demonstrates that voters in Arizona are ready to further reform the state’s marijuana laws. “Adults of all ages and political stripes want to vote for this in November 2016,” stated the campaign chairman. “We are excited by the outpouring of support. This is the right initiative at the right time.”
Initiative supporters say the momentum in collecting signatures doesn’t show any signs of slowing down anytime soon. “We get dozens of requests every day on social media and phone calls to the campaign headquarters asking where people can sign petitions,” says Carlos Alfaro, the campaign political director, who also noted that voters can sign petitions at many Motor Vehicle Division locations around the state.
Even though federal regulations have greatly hindered medical studies of cannabis, anecdotal evidence of marijuana’s healing properties is rampant, especially when it comes to treating epilepsy. Watch below as Dr. Orrin Devinsky from the NYU Epilepsy Center give a scientific explanation of how the compounds of cannabis work in the brain to help in treating epilepsy and seizures.
Yoga, Cannabis, and You: 6 Best Practices for Pairing Yoga with Marijuana
As a yogi and someone who enjoys cannabis, I am interested in the benefits of using it as a way to enhance my yoga practice. It is exciting and exhilarating to develop and explore yoga as a practice, and I’ve been happily surprised to discover that cannabis can enhance this exploration. My hope in sharing my thoughts about combining cannabis and yoga is not to encourage you to go off the deep end, but rather to help you refine both your practice and your cannabis use.
Combining cannabis with yoga is a fairly controversial subject within the wildly diverse community of yogis. While there is basic agreement that yogis seek to find freedom from suffering, still the mind, and find enlightenment by unifying the body, mind, and spirit, the means by which one may strive to achieve one or more of these will vary from practice to practice. There are those who may argue that developing your focus and physical purity could be hindered by consuming cannabis. Others may find that its use enables them to explore their practice more deeply and with fewer mental and physical barriers.