I-11 opposition, recreational marijuana legislation
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I-11 opposition, recreational marijuana legislation


– Welcome back to our
journalists round-table. We touched on immigration. Now onto another topic
that comes up a lot in Pima County, roads. Namely new opposition against
the proposed interstate 11 corridor which would help
commercial traffic bypass I-10. And Dan your paper covered this
big news down in Sahuarita. – About three years ago
the town said, yeah, we like the idea of attaching
I-11 to I-19 and El Toro Road which is right in the
middle of Sahuarita. And three years later
there’s a big meeting and about a 100 people who
live in that area said, we don’t like the idea. We didn’t know that you
had signed off on that. This is bad bad bad for us
because it’s gonna go right through our neighborhoods. And the town now has
backed off on that. – The City of Tucson also
raising some flags in saying, what about our existing
area that happens to be in this corridor? – Who in Southern Arizona is
actually in favor of I-11? But they’re not in
southern Arizona. You know, that’s
a state of agency. If you look at every, you
know, the people that live in Avra valley certainly
don’t want a massive freeway shoved through there. The City of Tucson has a lot
of our water infrastructure is actually located out
there where we do recharge for CAP water. So the city is opposed to it. Most of the members of the Pima
County Board of Supervisors are pretty adamantly
opposed to this. Who likes it? – Well the idea is that we
have to look to the future and the future means
we’re gonna grow. And so I think a lot of people
in our area would be okay with the idea of expanding I-19. They just don’t want a new
interstate coming through, they don’t see the need. – Sarah oftentimes
though when ADOT releases their study areas
that they overshoot, just to be sure
that everyone knows, we’re gonna study it doesn’t
exactly mean there’s gonna be pavement on this
piece of property. Possibly overreaction
at this point? – You know, I don’t really
know that there is a way to overreact to a giant freeway coming through
your neighborhood. I think that this is
something that on our letters to the editor on the
editorial pages at The Star we have a ton of
letters about this, people are very upset about it. It’s raising the issue and different points
of view about it. And I would say it’s
like 90% against. I don’t think that people
are overreacting to the idea that this could fundamentally
change our area, our ecosystem and not to mention just
the the hassle of having a freeway construction
and all of that. I don’t think it
is an overreaction. – Let’s shift and talk
about some other headlines that came out this week. Arizona’s Attorney
General talking about recreational marijuana
and saying let’s
have the legislature not the voters talk
about it first. Does that make political sense? – The issue when it comes
to measures that are passed by the voters is
they’re very difficult to change on purpose. You know the lawmakers
can’t go back and modify. That’s one of the issues
that people are talking about with the Sanctuary
City initiative, that would be sort of be set
in stone and the City Council wouldn’t be able to change it. And to the point Burnovich
is making at the state level, is that if the voters institute
recreational marijuana, it wouldn’t be possible
for the legislature to go back in and tweak that. So if it’s going to pass,
why not just pass it? And that way you can make
it so that things, say, if you need to change
things in two or three years some of those regulations are
gonna be much easier to do. You wouldn’t have to
go back to the voters and get that passed again. – This is probably a
good strategy though, the most recent state to pass
this I believe was Michigan. They did it through
the legislature. There are now 11
states that have recreational marijuana laws. Interesting enough in
the past couple of days 1/3 of the community is more
than 500 in Michigan has said, we don’t want these
dispensaries here yet, it doesn’t mean that
they’re opposed to it, there’s just various
questions that they have. And again, if you do it
legislatively you can answer an address and make changes
that can be a lot more smart than if the
voters pass it. – Sarah this is the Wild
West Republican leadership, we’re talking about supporting
legal marijuana, how? That’s a headline in itself. – The legislature has had a
history especially recently of trying to sort of negate
what the voters are able to do and limit what
initiatives can be raised. And having the very conservative
legislature you have the sort of moralistic,
gurgler marijuana’s bad for you versus the Economic
Opportunity sort of approach. So I would be interested
to see what the legislature could come up with, and
I wonder how much of that would be shaped by the
corporate interests involved for and against. – Anyone else thinking
about the fact that we have an election that would
be coming up soon, and maybe we have the Attorney
General who maybe would wanna throw his name in the
hat for the governor. – Well people are
saying he’s been running for something else
for a long time, and this this kind
of looks like it, but I’m gonna just take it on
face value that he is trying to get a hold of, get
in front of this one and try to control things. – But you haven’t forgotten
the Nunchuk video (mumbles) – I haven’t forgotten a lot of
things about them (mumbles). – Recreational
marijuana and Nunchucks, probably not a good combo. – No but it gets his name
in his face out there. And if we don’t know who the
next Republican candidate is for governor.
– Yeah. – So it only gives us
something to talk about. – It certainly does. – All right, my thanks
to all three of you.

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