Paul's Note - July 2, 2021

Arizona voters passed Proposition 207 last November by an overwhelming margin. The most talked about provision of the new law is that recreational marijuana is now available, although regulated. There was another part of the proposition, however. That dealt with expunging the records of people with marijuana convictions. This makes so much sense. If people are making money off of marijuana as a legitimate business, why should people who got convicted years ago still suffer the consequences? 

People with convictions will be able to get those off of their records on July 12. To help navigate the process, Southern Arizona NORML will be offering individuals with previous marijuana convictions the opportunity to consult with Arizona attorneys to properly petition for expungement. 

Individuals are encouraged to bring as much documentation as possible relative to their previous case or arrest in Arizona, such as an arrest record, a criminal complaint and/or a sentencing order. Individuals who do not have documentation are still encouraged to attend the clinic. 

The clinic will be on Saturday, July 3 from 10 am to 4 pm at Harambe Cafe at 6464 E Tanque Verde Road. Please bring proof of identification (photo ID, drivers license, et cetera) and documentation regarding your case if available. 

More clinics will be held throughout the month of July. Visit https://arizonanorml.org/expungement/ for a schedule and more information. 

The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be at Udall Park (7290 E Tanque Verde) on July 9th. The Red Cross will be taking donations by appointment between 9 am and 2 pm that day. For more information, call 1 800 733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org. Remember to use the code WARD2. 

There is a critical blood shortage especially for Type O right now, with less than a half-day supply in some places.  Because all blood collected locally stays local to fulfill local needs first, the Red Cross needs all the help they can get to ensure service to our own community.  

All donors at this drive will receive a $10 Amazon.com eGift Card and entry into a sweepstakes to win gas for a year 

Here’s some important news about next week’s trash pickup from the Department of Environmental Services: 

The 4th of July holiday will be observed on Monday, July 5, 2021. Residential trash and recycling will not be collected on Monday. Every City of Tucson resident will have their trash and recycling collected one day late that week. City commercial customers will not be affected and pickup will be normal the holiday week. 

The Los Reales landfill will be open on Monday.  

City offices will be closed on Monday, July 5, but residents can leave a message for Environmental Services Customer Service at 791-3171 or send an email.  

To receive trash, recycling, and Brush & Bulky collection reminders and view your schedule, download the free Recycle Coach App on your smartphone.