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The Yuma County Chamber of Commerce hosted a forum this week on Proposition 205, which would legalize recreational use of marijuana in Arizona.  The forum pitted Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk, co-chair of Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy and Adam Kinsey, manager of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol.  Each presenter had an hour to make their case.  During a break in the forum, KAWC had the chance to ask Kinsey questions about Proposition 205.  Beginning the extended interview with Kinsey, KAWC's Kim Johnson asks him why his group began the initiative effort to get Pr

About thirty people heard the pros and cons this week of Proposition 205, which would legalize recreational use of marijuana in Arizona.  The Yuma County Chamber of Commerce forum pitted Adam Kinsey, manager of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, and Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk, co-chair of Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy.  Each presenter had an hour to make their case.

Maya Springhawk Robnett / Arizona Science Desk; KAWC

Fifteen years ago, 14 undocumented migrants were found dead from exposure along the U.S./Mexico border near Yuma. In response, Yuma Sector Border Patrol developed emergency beacons for migrants in distress. But the deaths continue, leading a Tucson human rights organization to create a database to identify the dead.  Maya Springhawk Robnett of the Arizona Science Desk reports…

In 2014, the U.S. and Mexico agreed to release more than one-hundred-thousand acre-feet of Colorado River water from the Morelos Dam near Yuma, Arizona to the Sea of Cortez in Mexico.

It was part of a historic agreement called the Minute 319 Pulse Flow and it may have had some environmentally unfriendly side-effects.

It had been more than two decades since Colorado River water flowed into the Sea of Cortez. The intent of the release was to help restore a parched ecosystem damaged by drought and high demand.

Debate over an initiative to legalize recreational marijuana use in Arizona is already proving contentious.  Prop 205 would legalize recreational marijuana use and establish rules for its sale.

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