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{{marijuana}}{{tnr}}The '''Arizona Medical Marijuana Initiative''', also known as '''Proposition 203''', will appear on the [[Arizona 2010 ballot measures|November 2, 2010]] ballot in the state of [[Arizona]] as an {{issfull}}. Sponsors of the proposed initiative submitted their qualifying signatures to election officials in the state in April and on [[BC2010#June|June 1, 2010]], the [[Arizona Secretary of State]] qualified the measure. It was verified that the effort had collected enough signatures for ballot access. The [[Arizona Medical Marijuana Policy Project]] is the main sponsor of the measure.<ref name=verify> [http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/local/articles/2010/06/02/20100602potballot0602.html ''Arizona Republic'', "Arizona will vote on medical marijuana", June 2, 2010]</ref>
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}}'''Tim Mahoney''' is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[Pennsylvania House of Representatives]], representing District 51.
  
If approved, the proposition will allow residents in the state with specific medical conditions to be treated with certain amounts of marijuana for personal useAccording to the provisions of the initiative, the Arizona Department of Health Services would be put in charge of regulating the sale and use of medical marijuanaThe measure would also allow qualifying patients and caregivers to purchase the drug from specific, closely watched clinicsPatients would also be protected from arrest and prosecution for using the plant for medicinal purposes.<ref name="AZTimes"/> 
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Mahoney has worked as a mine worker.  In 2001, he served as Jury Commissioner for Fayette CountyHe was a candidate for the [[Pennsylvania House of Representatives]] in 2004 but was not electedHe then joined the Pennsylvania State House in 2007He has served in that position since, representing the 51st District.
==Text of measure==
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===Summary of initiative===
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The summary of the initiative, as provided by the [[Arizona Secretary of State]]'s website, is:
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:''The Arizona Medical Marijuana Act protects terminally or seriously ill patients from state prosecution for using limited amounts of marijuana on their doctor's recommendation. Qualifying patients who register with the Arizona Department of Health Services will obtain marijuana from nonprofit medical marijuana dispensaries regulated by ADHS. Private cultivation will be allowed by ADHS only when no dispensary is available. The Act is self-funding and establishes safeguards: registration cards; fingerprinting of caregivers and dispensary personnel to exclude drug and violent felons; strict security, record keeping and oversight requirements; inspection of dispensaries; restrictions on number and location of dispensaries; and providing penalties.''<ref> [http://www.azsos.gov/election/2010/general/ballotmeasuretext/I-04-2010.pdf ''Secretary of State'', "Application", May 15, 2009]</ref>
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==Committee membership==
  
==Federal memorandum==
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* [[Appropriations Committee, Pennsylvania House]]
On [[BC2009#October|October 19, 2009]] Deputy U.S. Attorney General David Ogden issued a memorandum to federal prosecutors in states that allow for the use of medical marijuana. The memo said that federal resources should not be focused on "individuals whose actions are in clear and unambiguous compliance with existing state laws providing for the medical use of marijuana."<ref>[http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/20/us/20cannabis.html?bl ''The New York Times'',"U.S. Won’t Prosecute in States That Allow Medical Marijuana," October 19, 2009]</ref>
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* [[Game & Fisheries Committee, Pennsylvania House]]
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* [[Liquor Control Committee, Pennsylvania House]], Secretary
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* [[Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee, Pennsylvania House]]
  
In light of the recent news, Myers said, "This is the most important event that has happened in the medical-marijuana movement in the last 30 years." Additionally, Myers noted that the federal memorandum will help alleviate concerns for participants and dispensary operators.<ref name="FedMemo"/>
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==Elections==
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===2010===
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:: ''See also: [[Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2010]]''
  
==Support==
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Mahoney is running for re-election to the 51st District Seat in 2010He had no primary opposition and will be unchallenged in the general election which takes place on November 2, 2010.
===Supporters===
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* The committee filed the petition with the [[Arizona Secretary of State|Secretary of State’s Office]] on [[BC2009#November|November 23, 2009]], which listed '''Diane Manchester''' as the official chairman of the organization.  Manchester is a former civilian employee of the Phoenix Police Department who retired on disability.  She has turned to medical marijuana in order to help her cope with pain that results from her multiple sclerosisShe has taken her place as chairman due to the growing fear among medical marijuana patients that they might be arrested.  According to Manchester: “I am so prone to being scared, and it’s terrible. I want to stop the fear of the people who need it (marijuana). I am so tired of not being able to tell the truth. I know when my name and picture are out there people are going to know me. And that’s okay.”<ref> [http://azcapitoltimes.com/blog/2009/11/30/former-phoenix-police-employee-takes-helm-of-medical-marijuana-initiative/ ''Arizona Capital Times'', "Former Phoenix police employee takes helm of medical marijuana initiative", November 30, 2009]</ref>
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===Arguments===
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==Personal life==
* According to supporters, steps other have been taken to ensure that the distribution of medical marijuana, if the measure is enacted, would be distributed in a strictly regulated way. 
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* If the measure is enacted, supporters further state, people who are diagnosed with cancer, AIDs, HIV, Alzheimer’s, Hepatitis C and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis would benefit.
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Mahoney and his wife, Beth, have four children.
 
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* According to Andrew Myers, of the [[Arizona Medical Marijuana Policy Project]], “There are doctors all over Arizona already that are recommending marijuana to their patients, but they're doing it in an extra-legal manner. And we're putting patients who are doing nothing but following a doctor's advice at risk for felony prosecution."<ref> [http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/dpp/news/local/could-medical-marijuana-soon-be-legal-1-13-2010 ''MyFoxPhoenix.com'', "Could Medical Marijuana Soon Be Legal in Arizona?", January 13, 2010]</ref>
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===Tactics and strategies===
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On [[BC2010#April|April 20, 2010]], medical marijuana activists marched through Safford, Arizona in favor of the medical marijuana measure.  One activists, Jerry Benson, told a local newspaper that he wouldn't be alive if it weren't for the cannabis plant.  According to Benson, years ago he was prescribed drugs that did damage to his liver and deteriorated his health, at which point doctors gave him only 90 days to live.  Benson stated he stopped using the prescribed drugs and started to smoke marijuana, which lead to him living a longer and healthier life.  Charles Gilbert, activist and user, stated during the march that marijuana was more effective in alleviating his pain than other prescribed drugs. Gilbert had his left kidney and part of his right kidney removed due to cancer.<ref> [http://www.eacourier.com/articles/2010/04/25/news/doc4bd2309f25c9c672482100.txt ''Easter Arizona Courier'', "Medical marijuana activists march in Downtown Safford", April 25, 2010]</ref>
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===Controversies===
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Supporters of the initiative pointed to an incident in [[Michigan]] where a worker was fired by Wal-Mart Inc. under its anti-drug policy.  The worker had been legally prescribed marijuana to help treat pain from sinus cancer, but was not exempt from the policy.  The firing shed light on the initiative, which supporters say would stop incidents like the one in Michigan due to the provisions in the proposed measure that would prevent workers from being fired if under medical marijuana treatment.<ref> [http://www.yumasun.com/opinion/marijuana-57149-medical-worker.html ''Yuma Sun'', "Marijuana for medical uses can still impair", March 21, 2010]</ref>
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Joseph Casias, of Battle Creek, Michigan, was fired in [[BC2009#November|November 2009]] after he was drug tested in a usual screening when he sprained his knee on the job.<ref> [http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/03/17/wal-mart-sympathetic-man-fired-medical-marijuana-wont-rehire/ ''Fox News'', "Wal-Mart 'Sympathetic' to Man Fired for Using Medical Pot, but Won't Rehire Him", March 17, 2010]</ref>
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According to a ''Yuma Sun'' editorial, which commented on the situation in Michigan and the initiative in Arizona, "Even if the marijuana is for medical purposes, it could impair the worker. Employers need to have some way to deal with this potential problem so they can maintain safe workplaces if the use of medical marijuana is allowed."<ref> [http://www.yumasun.com/opinion/marijuana-57149-medical-worker.html ''Yuma Sun'', "Marijuana for medical uses can still impair", March 21, 2010]</ref>
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===Legislative action===
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The [[Arizona Legislature]] had planned to debate whether to tax the possible marijuana law if the ballot measure is passed.  If the proposal is approved by voters in the November election, [[Arizona Senate|Senator]] [[Jorge Luis Garcia]] wanted to tax the marijuana that would be subsequently sold under the act.  According to reports, an analysis by the legislative budget staff, which is nonpartisan, stated that a medical marijuana tax may rake in approximately $1 million for the state's General Fund in 2012. The [[Arizona State Senate]] approved of the tax on [[BC2010#March|March 26, 2010]] with a vote of 17-12. However, no further action has been taken, and may not be taken if the measure is passed, due to the marijuana being categorized as a medicine.<ref> [http://www.cnbc.com/id/36031216 ''CNBC'', "Ariz. Senate to decide whether to tax marijuana", March 25, 2010]</ref><ref> [http://azcapitoltimes.com/blog/2010/03/25/senate-oks-medical-marijuana-tax/ ''Arizona Capital Times'', "Senate OKs medical marijuana tax", March 25, 2010]</ref><ref> [http://www.jointogether.org/news/headlines/inthenews/2010/ariz-legislature-mulls.html ''Join Together'', "Ariz. Legislature Mulls Medical Marijuana Ballot Initiative", March 30, 2010]</ref><ref name=tax/>
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==Opposition==
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===Opponents===
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* Max Fose, a Phoenix political consultant, created a campaign against the idea of a medical marijuana tax called "Stop the Pot".  The campaign has so far donated $2,5000 towards defeated the proposed ballot initiative.
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* The [http://journeyrecoverycenters.com/ Journey Healing Centers], a drug rehabilitation organization, stated their opposition to the measure.<ref> [http://www.prweb.com/releases/2010/06/prweb4073424.htm ''PRWeb'', "Journey Healing Centers Opposes Medical Marijuana Proposition", June 2, 2010]</ref>
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* Dough Hebert is planning to launch a campaign against Proposition 203.  According to Hebert, "It's really not about medical marijuana it's about decriminalization, and tying up the hands of the police, the prosecutors, and the courts...We're going to have actually be plagued with indoor groves around the state of Arizona, because most of Arizona is rural area."<ref name=tax> [http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/dpp/health/prop-203-medical-marijuana-7-13-2010 ''MyFoxPhoenix.com'', "Prop 203: Details on Push to Legalize Medical Marijuana", July 13, 2010]</ref>
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===Arguments===
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Arguments that have been made against the measure include:
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* According to the Stop the Pot official website, the campaign has formed in order to inform Arizona voters of the negative affects of legalizing medical marijuana.  Also included on the site is the concern over the credibility of the Medical Marijuana Policy Project, which is the major funding source of the circulating initiative. 
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* According to the website, when citing the negative affects, "Users will be able to smoke over 200 joints every 14 days. 200 joints a person is a lot of drugs on our streets, in our neighborhoods and around our children."
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* Another phrase found on the website stated, "Help keep drugs out of our neighborhoods and away from our children". Not only does the site refer to the amount of drugs being sold, but also the dispensaries that would sell those drugs...Do you want a pot shop in your neighborhood?"<ref> [http://www.stopthepot.com/ ''Stop the Pot'', "Home Page"]</ref><ref> [http://www.yumasun.com/news/phoenix-57489-pot-aim.html ''Yuma Sun'', "Phoenix political consultant takes aim at medical pot", April 4, 2010]</ref>
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* The measure could result in lawsuits to solve the legal questions surrounding the issue of medical marijuana, and its legalization.  Drug Free America Executive Director Calvina Fay pointed out that legal issues have risen in California due to the legalization of medical marijuana.<ref> [http://www.azjournal.com/news/126/ARTICLE/5692/2010-06-16.html ''Arizona Journal'', "Medical Marijuana Question Will Be On November Ballot", June 16, 2010]</ref>
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===Campaigning and events===
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According to reports, MATForce, which is the Yavapai County Substance Abuse coalition, will offer an educational presentation on the measure, informing voters of the impacts that the proposal could have.  The measure will be dissected by Douglas Hebert.  Hebert, a board member of the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, is a former Phoenix DEA Assistant Special Agent.<ref> [http://www.prescottenews.com/?option=com_content&task=view&id=3723 ''Prescott News'', "Learn the Facts about the AZ Medical Marijuana Initiative", July 19, 2010]</ref>
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Reports are saying that Hebert will dissect the proposal and the possible impacts that it could have on young Arizonans, employers, landlords and law enforcement in the state.  He will highlight that discrimination is prohibited against registered users of the drug by schools and landlords.
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==Campaign contributions==
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Groups or individuals that have donated to the campaign for the measure and the amount they have donated are shown in the table below.  Donors listed below have spent $10,000 or more, thus are listed on the [[Arizona Secretary of State]]'s website:<ref> [http://www.azsos.gov/election/2010/General/ballotmeasurenotifications.htm ''Arizona Secretary of State'', "Notifications of Contributions to Ballot Measure Committees"]</ref>
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| Marijuana Policy Project || $60,000
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| J & R Graphics and Printing, LLC || $11,316.26
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| Marijuana Policy Project || $50,000
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==Analysis and reports==
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According to a required fiscal legislative budget analysis conducted regarding the measure, approximately 66,000 Arizona residents would be able to register under the proposed medical marijuana program.  The analysis, performed by the Legislature's budget staff, stated that 39,600 patients would register and that 26,400 approved caregivers would have the projected 66,000 patients by the 2012-2013 fiscal year, the year full implementation the proposal would take effect.<ref> [http://www.cnbc.com/id/38214894 ''CNBC'', "Arizona medical marijuana signups projected at 66K", July 12, 2010]</ref>
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The report also stated that the calculating costs of the measure would be covered by fees, civil penalties and donations.  According to reports, the analysis was based on the existing medical marijuana program in the state of [[Colorado]].
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==Possible litigation==
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According to reports, there could be possible legal action in separate cases if enacted by voters.  The aspect of the initiative that is under concern is the provision that states that employers cannot hire, fire and discipline residents who are considered holders of medical marijuana cards.  According to Arizona attorney Don Johnsen, current state law does not mandate that employers and companies accommodate medical marijuana patients that are employees, or potential employees of the company.  According to Johnsen, "This ballot initiative obviously would reverse that." However, there could be challenges to this provision if the measure is passed.  Johnsen later stated, "One doctor may say, 'Yeah, based on these facts, in my professional opinion this person was impaired or under the influence.' In another case, a doctor might reach a different conclusion."
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The main problem of the provision, according to another Arizona attorney, David Selden, is that a level of impairment on the job due to marijuana usage would be difficult to find out.  According to Selden, "Unlike alcohol testing, drug testing doesn't measure the current level of impairment." Selden also stated that basically the most probable way for an employer to fire an employee were to either catch him or her smoking the drug or possessing it while working.
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Andrew Myers, who is the campaign manager for the group that spearheaded the initiative, agreed with the assessment that many legal challenges could arise if the measure were to be approved by voters.  Myers stated, "Ultimately, we are not able to draft legislation that is going to account for all the situations that are going to come up."<ref name=firings> [http://www.azcentral.com/business/abg/articles/2010/04/01/20100401abg-marijuana-workplace0401.html ''Arizona Republic'', "Medical-pot measure to limit some firings", April 1, 2010]</ref>
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==Path to the ballot==
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In September 2009, according to group manager Andrew Myers, the group collected about 125,000 signatures. The [[Petition drive deadlines, 2010|petition drive deadline]] to submit signatures for ballot consideration is [[BC2010#July|July 1, 2010]]. The petition drive effort must have collected at least 153,364 signatures since it is a proposed state statute.  According to Myers: “This is going incredibly well and better than I would have anticipated”. In October 2009, Myers reported that the group had already collected the required signatures and planned to gather another 100,000 between October and February 2010.
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According to reports, on [[BC2010#April|April 14, 2010]], petition organizers turned in about 250,000 signatures to the [[Arizona Secretary of State]], significantly more than the 153,364 required in order to placed on the ballot. Andrew Myers, who is the campaign manager for the Arizona Medical Marijuana Policy Project, stated, "We are proud to turn in these signatures today on behalf of the thousands of patients in Arizona who will benefit from this law once it is enacted." The [[Arizona Secretary of State]] verified that enough signatures were collected on [[BC2010#June|June 1, 2010]], sending the measure to the ballot.<ref name="FedMemo">[http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/local/articles/2009/10/19/20091019medicalmarijuana1020.html ''The Arizona Republic'',"Medical-pot rule may impact Ariz. initiative," October 20, 2009]</ref><ref name="AZTimes">[http://azcapitoltimes.com/blog/2009/09/24/125000-have-signed-arizona%E2%80%99s-medical-pot-petition/ ''Arizona Capitol Times'', "125,000 have signed Arizona’s medical pot petition", September 24, 2009]</ref><ref> [http://verdenews.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=35582 ''Verde Independent'', "Medical marijuana law returning to Arizona ballot", March 23, 2010]</ref><ref> [http://www.opposingviews.com/i/medical-marijuana-expected-to-qualify-for-arizona-ballot ''Opposing Views'', "Medical Marijuana Expected to Qualify for Arizona Ballot", April 14, 2010]</ref><ref name=verify/>
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==Similar measures==
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[[Marijuana on the ballot|Marijuana-related ballot measures]] voted on previously by Arizonans include:
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* [[Arizona Proposition 200 (1996)|Proposition 200 in 1996]]: Allowed doctors to prescribe drugs to seriously and terminally ill patients. The measure's significant provisions were later repealed by the [[Arizona Legislature]].
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* [[Arizona Proposition 300 (1998)|Proposition 300]] and [[Arizona Proposition 301 (1998)|Proposition 301]] in [[1998 ballot measures|1998]]: The repeals by the Legislature were overturned in yet another citizen vote, but wording of the measure required a written prescription, allowing the United States Drug Enforcement Administration  to threaten to revoke prescription-writing priveleges of doctors who wrote medical marijuana prescriptions.
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* [[Arizona Proposition 203 (2002)|Proposition 203 in 2002]]: An initiative failed that would have allowed a written recommendation by a doctor sufficient enough to obtain medical marijuana.
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==See also==
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==External links==
 
==External links==
* [http://stoparrestingpatients.org/home/ Arizona Medical Marijuana Policy Project Official Website]
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*[http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/member_information/house_bio.cfm?id=1100 Pennsylvania House of Representatives - Rep. Mahoney]  
* [http://www.azsos.gov/ Arizona Secretary of State Official Website]
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*[http://votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=47493 Project Vote Smart profile]
* [http://blogs.alternet.org/speakeasy/2010/06/03/november-ballot-picture-shaping-up-to-be-historic-in-the-struggle-to-end-marijuana-prohibition/ November Ballot Picture Shaping Up To Be Historic in the Struggle To End Marijuana Prohibition]
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* Campaign Contributions: [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=100782 2008], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=88379 2006], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=76903 2004]
 
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==Additional reading==
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* [http://www.worldmag.com/articles/16266 ''World Magazine'',"2010 Preview:  Ballot initiatives are a way for citizens to settle an issue directly without state legislatures," January 16, 2010]
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* [http://www.opposingviews.com/articles/opinion-2010-will-be-even-better-than-2009-for-marijuana-advocates-r-1260750446 ''National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws'',"2010 Will Be Even Better Than 2009 For Marijuana Advocates," December 13, 2009]
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* [http://www.24-7pressrelease.com/press-release/medical-marijuana-on-arizona-ballot-152655.php Medical Marijuana on Arizona Ballot?]
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* [http://blogs.alternet.org/speakeasy/2010/06/03/november-ballot-picture-shaping-up-to-be-historic-in-the-struggle-to-end-marijuana-prohibition/ November Ballot Picture Shaping Up To Be Historic in the Struggle To End Marijuana Prohibition]
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Tim Mahoney
Pennsylvania State House District 51
Incumbent
Assumed office
2007
Current term ends
2010
Political party Democratic
Profession Legislator
Website Official website

Tim Mahoney is a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, representing District 51.

Mahoney has worked as a mine worker. In 2001, he served as Jury Commissioner for Fayette County. He was a candidate for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2004 but was not elected. He then joined the Pennsylvania State House in 2007. He has served in that position since, representing the 51st District.

Committee membership

Elections

2010

See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2010

Mahoney is running for re-election to the 51st District Seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition and will be unchallenged in the general election which takes place on November 2, 2010.

Personal life

Mahoney and his wife, Beth, have four children.

External links

Political offices
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Pennsylvania House Of Representatives District 51
2007–present
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