PHOENIX (JULY 28) – The Yavapai Regional Medical Center’s Board of Trustees has announced its opposition to the legalization of recreational marijuana in Arizona. They are the first medical center to formally announce their opposition to recreational marijuana and the Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act.

“We, the Board of Trustees at Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC), appreciate and deeply value the importance of healthy communities. We advocate for the health of everyone living in the communities we represent,” the YRMC’s Board of Trustees said in a statement. “Improving and maintaining health is challenging and complex…We support a multitude of ongoing health programs designed to help our communities be healthier. We commit our resources to provide services, information and education to help maximize good health for all, from tiny newborns to frail centenarians. In that spirit, we have voted consistently with the position taken by the Board of Directors for the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association (AzHHA) as outlined in their press release. The YRMC Board of Trustees also opposes the initiative regarding legalization of marijuana in Arizona for recreational use – the Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act.”

“I am so proud of our hospital coming forward to stand with us in support of defeating the Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act,” Sheila Polk, Yavapai County Attorney and Vice-Chair said. “And proves that the medical community is coalescing behind the effort to defeat this pernicious initiative. Recreational marijuana only means more hospitalizations, more accidental ingestions, and more harm for our communities. Arizonans deserve healthy and safe neighborhoods and the Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act provides just the opposite. I thank the board of the YRMC for their support and dedication to maximizing healthy lifestyles in Arizona.”

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About Yavapai Regional Medical Center
Recognized as one of Arizona’s “Best Hospitals”, the Yavapai Regional Medical Center (YRMC) is locally owned, locally operated, not-for-profit healthcare provider, that relies on patient revenue and community support for its funding. No property taxes have ever been levied to pay for programs, capital improvements or expansion projects.

About Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy
The Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy PAC was formed to actively oppose any initiative that would legalize the recreational use of the drug marijuana in the state of Arizona. Visit www.ardp.org for more information. Paid for by Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy in Opposition to I-08-2016. Major funding by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Empire Southwest LLC, Microchip Technology Incorporated, and Robson Communities Inc.

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