Pro-pot group files to recall Arizona senator - Fox 2 News Headlines

Pro-pot group files to recall Arizona senator

Posted: Updated:
  • Arizona PoliticsMore>>

  • New bill enacts regulations for trampoline parks in Arizona

    New bill enacts regulations for trampoline parks in Arizona

    A bill was ceremoniously signed Thursday, and it puts in new regulations for trampoline parks across the state.It's the first bill of its kind in the country, and it's called Ty's Law, named in honor of 30-year-old Ty Thomasson.
    A bill was ceremoniously signed Thursday, and it puts in new regulations for trampoline parks across the state.It's the first bill of its kind in the country, and it's called Ty's Law, named in honor of 30-year-old Ty Thomasson.
  • Arizonans to begin receiving early ballots

    Arizonans to begin receiving early ballots

    The state of Arizona has started mailing early ballots to registered voters across the state as primary election approaches.
    The state of Arizona has started mailing early ballots to registered voters across the state as primary election approaches.
  • Immigration leads Arizona governor's race issues

    Immigration leads Arizona governor's race issues

    One candidate called for sending National Guard troops and to build fences on the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas to stem the tide of immigrants, and forwarding the bill to President Barack Obama.
    One candidate called for sending National Guard troops and to build fences on the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas to stem the tide of immigrants, and forwarding the bill to President Barack Obama.
  • Arizona HeadlinesMore>>

  • Late night monsoon storm brings downpour to downtown

    Late night monsoon storm brings downpour to downtown

    Mother nature was busy Thursday evening bringing a thunderstorm with strong winds and rain to the west valley and a torrent of rain just before midnight to downtown.In the west valley wind is suspected as being the cause of several R/V's to overturn. 
    Mother nature was busy Thursday evening bringing a thunderstorm with strong winds and rain to the west valley and a torrent of rain just before midnight to downtown.In the west valley wind is suspected as being the cause of several R/V's to overturn. 
  • Pickup truck crashes into east valley canal

    Pickup truck crashes into east valley canal

    Emergency crews responded to a truck into a canal near Ellsworth Elliot Thursday evening.First responders found the vehicle with it's lights on in the canal. Crews checked inside the vehicle and the area but did not locate any driver or passengers of the truck.
    Emergency crews responded to a truck into a canal near Ellsworth Elliot Thursday evening.First responders found the vehicle with it's lights on in the canal. Crews checked inside the vehicle and the area but did not locate any driver or passengers of the truck.
  • Wind knocks over several RV's near I-10 & Watson

    Wind knocks over several RV's near I-10 & Watson

    Rescue crews are working to rescue people who were trapped in their recreational vehicles near I-10 Watson during a monsoon storm.We have a crew headed to the scene and will bring you the latest updates on this developing story at www.myfoxphoenix.com
    Rescue crews are working to rescue people who were trapped in their recreational vehicles near I-10 Watson during a monsoon storm.We have a crew headed to the scene and will bring you the latest updates on this developing story at www.myfoxphoenix.com
PHOENIX -

A group of activists pushing for research on medicinal marijuana have filed a petition to recall Arizona State Sen. Kimberly Yee.

The Arizona Veterans Assistance Committee filed to recall the Phoenix Republican after she blocked legislation that would have allowed the University of Arizona to use a state fund for medical marijuana research. Yee refused to hear House Bill 2333 in the Senate Committee on Education.

The bill would have allowed the state to pay for some of the research into marijuana as a treatment for military veterans with PTSD. The bill had bipartisan support when the Arizona House of Representatives approved it March 10.

Yee says no state money should be used for the research.

"The money was put aside for this research from our general fund, from the Arizona medical marijuana program and so it's not even taxpayer dollars and we really need this research because were losing 22 of our soldiers every day in America to PTSD symptoms.  They're taking their own life.. suicide.. 22 a day is too much and when we have this natural medicine that they can use as an alternative to the pharmaceuticals that our trusted doctors are giving them which are triggering these symptoms and having them commit suicide, we want to help," said Kathy Inman, state director for NORML in Arizona.

The group has until August 2 to turn in 18,297 signatures.

Yee told FOX 10 last month that she would prefer money made from the sales of medical marijuana cards to go toward a campaign urging young people not to smoke pot.

Statement for Senator Yee on HB 2333:

"It is unfortunate that the supporters of HB 2333 have decided to distort the intent of the bill and the reason I did not hear this bill in the Senate Education Committee.  I am not opposed to university research to assist veterans.  In fact, last year I was the lead sponsor of the legislation that even allowed for such research to occur at the University of Arizona, working with veterans and researchers around the table to make sure that bill passed. 

Because of my concerns about limited state funds, I received assurances from those supporting such research that funds would come from the federal government or private donations and that no state money would be used.  Today, they have turned their story around and have broken their promise.  My voting record shows I support veterans and research.  This is about how we should use limited state resources and be wise stewards of our taxpayer dollars.

As policymakers, we have to ask if this takes us down the path of legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in Arizona.  The bill I proposed this year, SB 1389, using those same funds would educate our youth about the dangers of recreational marijuana and pay for public service announcements to prevent drug abuse. 

I am currently working with those in our Senate chamber to determine the best legislative solution for this issue before we end our legislative session.  Until those discussions are finalized, I cannot go into further details at this time."

Follow this story:

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Didn't find what
you were looking for?

Powered by WorldNow

WJBK-TV | Fox 2
16550 West Nine Mile Rd.
Southfield, MI 48075

Main Station: (248) 557-2000
Newsroom: (248) 552-5103

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices