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In some rural areas, medical marijuana challenges views of community

As a volunteer police officer in this northwestern Arizona city, Harley Pettit saw young people get in trouble for everything from drugs and alcohol to vandalism. In a small community with not a lot to do, he said, the last thing young people need is another way to get into trouble.

He’s worried that’s exactly what medical marijuana will give them.

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Chasing Cancer: Arizona has lowest rate, but people aren’t getting screened soon enough (access required)

Right before Brent Uffelman was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer, he wasn’t noticing any extreme symptoms. Sure, he felt tired at times, but that could have been the result of a long day at work, he told himself. It wasn’t until he met a friend for breakfast before starting his day’s shift at Alliance Beverage Distributing Co. that he began to see and feel indisputable signs that something was really wrong. He was passing blood, but felt well enough to finish the workday.

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Humble seeking medical marijuana clarity from feds (access required)

The Arizona Department of Health Services is looking for a little more clarification from the federal government following a warning that the state’s medical marijuana program is not a shield from federal law, but Director Will Humble said the state has no plans to halt the implementation of the program.

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The Tucson shootings: no lessons learned?

Even the most traumatic events fade with time. As the months pass since Jan. 8, our attention is increasingly captured by the remarkable recuperation of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the approaching trial of accused shooter Jared Loughner. It’s natural to want to let go of disturbing memories, both of the violence itself and of the troublesome questions that it raised.

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