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Arizona Medical Marijuana Association

Employment History

  • Campaign Consultant
  • Spokesman

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So were medical marijuana entrepreneur Al ..., 20 July 2013 [cached]
So were medical marijuana entrepreneur Al Sobol, Prop 203's PR man Joe Yuhas and several supporters of the dispensary industry.
Yuhas, spokesman for the Arizona Medical Marijuana Association, whose principles put Prop 203 on the ballot, says he's optimistic that today's hearing "will lead to a decision that will allow us to move forward."
He means moving forward on the opening of dozens of dispensaries in Arizona, as approved under the law. Now, the "piecemeal" approach to rolling out the law has led, among other things, to 16,000 patients who have the legal ability to grow their own - a situation that Yuhas sees as potentially out of control.
Arizona's medical pot law gives state-qualified patients the right to grow up to 12 plants each unless a dispensary is open within 25 miles. For now, there are no dispensaries.
Yuhas acknowledged that even if Brewer's lawsuit is stopped in its tracks, the dispensary applications still wouldn't be accepted without Brewer's okay.
Arizona Medical Marijuana Act Headed Back To Court - AZ Med Testing, 16 Feb 2012 [cached]
Joe Yuhas, spokesman for the Arizona Medical Marijuana Association, said of the ruling "We would hope that our state leaders will now recognize it is time to stop wasting taxpayer dollars in an effort to thwart the will of the voters and move ahead with full implementation of the initiative."
This rule could lead to dispensaries ..., 9 Feb 2011 [cached]
This rule could lead to dispensaries running out of marijuana or drive up costs for patients if dispensaries have to produce the majority of their own marijuana, said Joe Yuhas, co-founder of the Arizona Medical Marijuana Association, a trade group for dispensers and growers of medical marijuana and patient-advocacy group.
Some of the department's proposed rules could create unintended consequences, said Yuhas, a representative of the Arizona Medical Marijuana Policy Project, which helped draft Prop. 203.
Yuhas said he supports high but reasonable standards that don't increase the cost of medicine or deter patients from acquiring qualifying-patient cards.
"We believe one of the most significant unintended consequences is any unrealistic regulation that makes the program so restrictive that it forces the patients to go back to the criminal market," Yuhas said.
Marijuana Policy Project, based in Washington, and local professionals who worked on the Proposition 203 campaign coordinated the forum to educate prospective participants in anticipation of the public-comment period, said Joe Yuhas, representative of the Arizona Medical Marijuana Policy Project and co-founder of the Arizona Medical Marijuana Association, a trade group for dispensers and growers of medical marijuana.
The feedback the DHS receives could shape day-to-day activities for the program, and people looking to participate should help set standards, Yuhas said.
"There may be some that think this situation will become the same as it is in some other states," he said.
Joe Yuhas, Campaign ... [cached]
Joe Yuhas, Campaign Consultant for Prop 121 states, "The survey is very positive for the campaign and shows that when voters are given the ballot language and hear arguments both for and against this significant election reform they respond positively.
Prop 203's Passage Means Billion-Dollar Industry - Printer Friendly Page - - Medical Marijuana, 26 Nov 2010 [cached]
Dispensary employees are expected to obtain seeds within Arizona and grow them from scratch, says Joe Yuhas, a spokesman for Prop 203. He's the executive director of public affairs for the Riester public-relations company that led the measure to success for the Arizona Medical Marijuana Policy Project.
Prop 203 allows qualified patients to "donate" marijuana they grow to dispensaries, so it's possible that some dispensaries may open with stock on their shelves.
However, authorities will look closely at such dispensaries, and anyone caught stocking a store with illegal, non-Prop-203-approved weed (such as even legal marijuana from California and Colorado) could be arrested, Yuhas says.
The coming regulations will require state officials - and dispensary owners - to track marijuana from seed to sale, he says. If owners want to preserve their profitable businesses, he adds, they will stick to the rules.
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