Prop 205–Marijuana: No Fun In Arizona

Who Wrote Arizona’s Initiative to Legalize Recreational Marijuana? It wasn’t anyone who cares about children, society, employers, or highway safety to name a few. If you think well-intended policy …

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Prop 205–Marijuana: No Fun In Arizona

Who Wrote Arizona’s Initiative to Legalize Recreational Marijuana?

It wasn’t anyone who cares about children, society, employers, or highway safety to name a few. If you think well-intended policy makers at the Arizona State Capitol wrote the 19 pages known as Prop 205, think again. It was written by the marijuana industry. Unlike Colorado that is scaling back and adapting their law, if approved, Prop 205’s resulting law cannot be changed. The marijuana industry is taking advantage of Arizona’s 1998 Voter Protection Act. Legalization of recreational marijuana in Arizona cannot be changed. For more information, go to

Recreational Marijuana is No Fun!

Prop 205 allows highly concentrated marijuana edibles and candies without limits on potency. Children are targeted with packaging that looks like Butterfinger and KitKat and gummy bears. Did you know that one cookie contains 10 times the amount needed for a high and one gummy bear is equal to six to 20 servings? In addition, ingested marijuana takes longer for the dopamine to be released and the effects last longer than smoked marijuana’s one to three hours. This is how over dose occurs. When there’s a delayed euphoria, users eat more and more. When the effect hits, it is a powerful reaction, potentially deadly.

Research shows that a child at the age of 13 years and seven months has already smoked “weed.”  One in six are addicted at that age.  Now, many not only smoke and are vaping with 70 – 85% THC content, but can eat, drink, or inhale pot with little knowledge of the harmful consequences, including:

  • Hallucinations
  • Delusions
  • Impaired Memory
  • Disorientation

Without a doubt, cannabis has psychological and physiological effects on the human body. The brain, sense of perception, immune system, drop in blood pressure, and increased heart rate are only a few ways the body changes. Feelings of panic, anxiety, and fear are additional negative effects. Yet, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is only one of about 400 different chemical compounds in the plant. In 1972, THC levels were less than 1%, but now as high as 18%.

For children still developing physically, mentally, socially and emotionally, marijuana has a critical impact. Decreased brain activity in areas of the brain that control learning and memory functions are a harmful result. Long-term effects include inability to think clearly and an inability to remember things.  Teens with on-going use lost an average of eight IQ points—not to return.

The Marijuana Industry Gets Rich

So, why are children targeted by packaging that appeals to their age group? When a child becomes addicted, he is a customer for life. The industry makes tens of millions of dollars over a period of years on children. The marijuana industry doesn’t care that your child or grandchild is harmed; it is getting rich.

While the industry is making mega bucks, the heavy users of their product more often report:

  • Lower satisfaction in life
  • Poorer mental health
  • Reduced physical health
  • Greater relationship problems
  • Less academic success
  • Career failures

Finally, they report that marijuana use came before the use of other drugs. So, who is profiting? The industry…plain and simple. Who is losing? Arizona’s citizens and families…devastated and heartbroken. Responsible Arizona citizens will be faced with picking up the social consequences of marijuana use, of THC. Case in point, doctors in hospital emergency rooms in Colorado treat patients for over toxicity…over highs…psychotic break! Yet, there are more pot shops in Colorado that Starbucks and McDonalds combined. Money, money, money!

Jesse & Mayor Wally Nichols 2005

Jesse & Mayor Wally Nichols 2005

Cartels, Law Enforcement, Homeowners, and Employers

Cartels won’t go away. Remember, this is a “cash only” business. See any opportunity for profit and tax evasion here?

Law enforcement will have no way to identify the level of impairment. Unlike the alcohol level of .08 as a means for measuring unsafe Arizona drivers, marijuana levels cannot be accurately measured due to the amount of time THC remains in the system. You could conceivably convict a drunk driver in a fatal accident, but a high marijuana user could go undetected and unable to be prosecuted. By the way, only 131 out of 42,000 are in jail for marijuana.

Homeowners may be living next to a grow home of up to 18 legally protected marijuana plants. Six plants for each spouse and a caretaker could be in the yard or on the patio. When you get to know your neighbor, you may want to sell your home…it may become stigmatized and lose the value you worked a lifetime to enjoy. Who knows?

Employers, in addition, cannot do anything to employees who recreate with marijuana. Workers in dangerous jobs, like electricians, pilots, city bus drivers, fire fighters, and any number of other positions requiring skill and safety are exempt from the pink slip. Prop 205 would allow for impairment without personal responsibility or consequence. The writers of this reckless proposition don’t care…it’s all about the money they will make, regardless of the lives it will ruin. Their lives will be enriched.  They don’t care about Arizona citizens. 

Do You Care Enough To Vote “No” on Prop 205?



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res-to-ra-tion (res’te r ashen) 1. Action of returning something to a former owner, place, or condition 2) to return to a former or normal state.

When I looked up the word “restoration” on the internet, I got links to hardware. Surely other things beside cabinets are restored, made new again. Take furniture, cars, houses, computer files, photos, even people, for instance. They can all be restored. So can heaven and earth! 1-IMG_0233

Let’s see what restoration looks like in different contexts. First, how can we repair, fix, mend, or refurbish that which is broken? We check for imperfections. The dining room table has a scratch and broken leg. The barn-find Ferrari is rusty from being exposed to the weather, and the patina on its cracked leather upholstery is dull. This old house “ain’t” what she used to be; the foundation is slanting and the doors are ajar; the computer files are lost; and personal relationships are strained. Our world is polluted with toxic air and water.

Understandably, our things, or objects of affection, are important up to a point. Furniture serves a utilitarian purpose. Cars, houses, and computers, whether common or costly, are necessary in urban society. Some would argue that television, cell phones, and McDonald’s fast food are all essential to living.

This is not a conversation about the worthiness of anything in particular. The topic is about broken things, places, and people. What needs to be fixed? Look around your house. Get a glimpse of your community. Take a mental walk down a deep thinking path to persons in your life. Everything lookin’ good?

If not, restoration is possible. You don’t need a grocery list of what to do. Recognize the problem and begin the repairs.

On the spiritual side of this, I was a broken girl at age 13, carrying sinful scars of an otherwise good girl.

Effie Groves, age 12 Des Moines, Iowa

Effie Groves, age 12
Des Moines, Iowa

I needed something or someone to heal the imperfections. When I walked down an aisle at Grace Baptist Church in Des Moines, Iowa, besides the pastor, a loving heavenly Father greeted me. He took away my sin.  I was made new (not yet perfect) from the inside out! Any occurrence of a soul being transformed is the highest form of restoration. I am still amazed at God’s marvelous grace.

For your own research, read the following passages on restoration: Gal. 6:1; II Tim. 3:16-17; Ps. 23:3; 2 Cor. 13:11; and Gal. 6:1; Isa. 65:17; Rev. 21:1. Yes, someday God will even restore heaven and earth…and here’s the best part…we won’t think of the old ones anymore! That’s heaven.

Have you every restored anything tattered or torn? How did it turn out? If God has restored your health or soul or both, let me know. I’d love to hear from you.

All the best,


PS  Visit my website:  Need help buying or selling your Arizona house? I can help. ~~EG



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Christmas Gift Giving

Ken & Kathi's Pella, IA tree

Ken & Kathi’s tree in Pella, Iowa

Note: This is a guest post written last year by my son, Ken Gross. Any feedback, I will forward on to him. 1-IMG_0273 

Christmas 2014 Thoughts

The spirit of Christmas has been spoken of often, but do we consider what that means?  I was thinking of the tradition of gift giving and was inspired to write these thoughts down after reading someone else’s musings on Christmas.

I believe the heart of Christmas is in gift giving.  I believe the essence of Christmas can be summarized in one simple thought.  A gift was given so that what was once impossible, is now possible.

We all have been given many gifts beginning with life itself.  Beyond that we have gifts that are wrapped up in who we are.  We call some of these gifts by other words such as talent or ability.  I think of creativity in the different arts as a gift.  The ability to be a wordsmith and craft a phrase, just so.  The ability to take a picture, capturing light in a way that provokes thought or emotion.  Sometimes we are given gifts that are in disguise and harder to see such as compassion for our fellow human beings.

We make decisions every day about gift giving.  It may only come to the surface at Christmas time, but it is there in the background all year long.  We make decisions about what we keep for ourselves and what we will give away.  I believe we are all called to gift giving.

We have a responsibility to unwrap the gifts within ourselves and to give them away, but gift giving comes at a cost.  It takes it’s toll on us mentally and emotionally.  Sometimes a gift of great cost is rejected.  Sometimes a gift given is misused.  Gift giving is a risky thing, risky if we focus on ourselves and not the receiver.  A gift given in the spirit of Christmas does not consider the risks or what the giver looses.

Will you chose this Christmas to give from the gifts that you were given?  Will you unwrap the talents hidden inside you and take a risk?  Will you endure the cost of gift giving, such as rejection and miss-use.  We face decisions, small and great throughout the year that hinge on that simple Christmas thought, will you give a gift that in someone else’s life, will make what was once impossible, possible.

Colossians says that we who were once enemies of God can now be called friends through the gift of God, Jesus Christ.

You have the power of a gift.”  ~~Ken Gross; Williams, Arizona

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Tiny Houses

Tiny Houses are BIG! They can be under 300 square feet or a little larger and sell for $15,000 and up. This relatively new trend appeals to young and old alike. Just check marketing ads, even Craig’s List and you’ll find a variety of styles and accommodations. Tiny House Nation TV Show is exposing the charm and challenge of living small.

Residing in the Scottsdale area and selling real estate where houses are often 4,000 square feet or more, I can’t quite understand the appeal of tiny houses.  Nevertheless, the concept brings back memories of my childhood. My very first favorite book was The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner. She wrote of four orphaned children who created a home for themselves in an abandoned boxcar. Their living space was approximately 40 feet by 8 feet, or 320 square feet…hmmm. So, tiny houses are not such a new idea.

Like the novel’s characters, today’s owners of small quarters need to be independent, tidy, organized, creative, hard workers, and amicable. Ranging in age from 14 to 6 years, the four boxcar children possessed all of those qualities.

“Spoiler Alert.” The children’s grandfather offered a $5,000 reward in the 1942 edition to locate his lost grandchildren. After they were found and moved in with him, the boxcar (tiny house) was moved to his backyard for the children’s enjoyment.

Unfortunately, not all thoughts of boxcars bring back pleasant memories. Hobos and the homeless certainly have a different perspective. Holocaust survivors ache with painful memories of being herded inside where inhumane conditions took their neighbors and relatives to death chambers.

So, what is your first thought when you hear the term, “Tiny Houses” or watch a television show tempting you? Would you make a boxcar your home? Why or Why Not?

Thank you for reading. Please visit my website: http://www.FountainHillsWelcomeHome and visit the virtual tour of my latest home listing at MCO Realty listing at $927,500 with five bedrooms and seven bathrooms…NOT A TINY HOUSE!



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Door or Doormat?

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Door or Doormat?

I think doors are important. They allow us to enter or exit. We expect to be welcomed or shunned. The door is either open or shut. At my house, on cooler days, we leave doors open for a fresh mountain breeze to waft through the house. Our neighbors recognize the open welcome. They approach, the dog barks, like a doorbell, signaling approaching visitors. I ask them in…landscapers, kids, Fed-X delivery personnel. They may not all come in, but they are invited.

An open open heart.

An open door…an open heart.

As a kid, my Grandma and Grandpa Smith had a picture of Jesus standing at the door and knocking. That was before doorbells. Even at eight or nine, I thought it was not nice to let Someone stand there on the outside. That picture disturbed me.

I love doors that have “Welcome” mats. When I ring the doorbell or tap the brass knocker, I don’t feel as though I’m intruding. Being a doormat isn’t necessarily a bad thing, either. Allowing someone to wipe their dirty feet on you (figuratively speaking) can help them come into the house with no traces of mud or grime, clean. Sometimes people need help. Other people just like to be a listening ear or a give a helping hand. Neither are weak, only human.

Being a door or a doormat comes with caution. Not everyone is scrupulous; some may take advantage. Be open and welcoming, but wise. Just like the picture of Jesus. He doesn’t remain standing outside when we let him into our lives. I’m glad that I opened the door of my heart and let Him in as a young girl. Now I know, “My Father has a big, big house!” Someday, when my work on earth is done, the welcome mat will be clean, the door will open wide, and He will say, “Welcome, Home!”

How about you? Do you have a door or door mat story? I’d love to hear from you.

All the best, ~~Effie

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