Arizona

Wed
17
Jun

Did marijuana actually kill 62 kids in Arizona? Or...

If you happened to read a guest editorial in Tuesday's Arizona Republic by Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk you might have come away believing that marijuana use killed 62 kids in Arizona in 2013.

Polk has no real proof of that, of course, hedging her bets with the word "associated." It's good work. But all her essay proves is that Polk wants to be like … me.

The Yavapai prosecutor is serving as vice chairwoman of Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy, and is doing everything she can to make the case against marijuana legalization. She's not making that argument in a hall of justice, however, but in the court of public opinion, where (as I well know) a bland set of facts can be made palatable with a heaping helping of spiced baloney.

Tue
16
Jun

Safe pot? Tell that to the 62 kids who died

My Turn: More youth deaths are linked to marijuana than alcohol or methamphetamine.

Marijuana is an addictive and hazardous drug. But lately, some have taken to proclaiming that "marijuana is safer than alcohol," a message that is not only wrong but dangerous.

According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, in a study that examines all deaths in Arizona of children under the age of 18, a disturbing number of child deaths resulted from substance use. It was linked to the deaths of 128 of Arizona's children in 2013.

Guess which substance was the most prevalent? Not alcohol, not methamphetamine (although they were close seconds), but marijuana. In 2013, marijuana use was associated with the tragic and needless deaths of 62 children in Arizona.

Tue
16
Jun

Endexx's Subsidiary, CBD Health Solutions, Enters Canna Flakes Into the 2015 HIGH TIMES NorCal Medical Cannabis Cup

CAVE CREEK, AZ--(Marketwired - Jun 15, 2015) - Endexx Corporation's (OTC PINK: EDXC) subsidiary, CBD Health Solutions LLC., will be attending and selling products at the NorCal HIGH TIMES Cannabis Cup in San Francisco, CA, the weekend of June 20-21st. CBD Health Solutions will enter its hemp-based Cannsumable© product Canna Flakes© into the 2015 HIGH TIMES NorCal Medical Cannabis Cup as part of a partnership withAqua Blitzed™, an established maker of premium zero-calorie infused sparkling water.

Mon
15
Jun

Marijuana's Potential Makes This Biotech Stock One of My Favorites

Marijuana has a long history of use in the treatment of illness, and the stigma associated with the drug is waning as more states embrace legalization of medical marijuana and many barriers to access disappear.

Continued momentum in the mainstreaming of medical marijuana could be good news for Insys Therapeutics (NASDAQ: INSY  ) , a biotech company that is awaiting Food and Drug Administration approval of a new formulation of a long-standing marijuana treatment for chemotherapy-induced nausea or anorexia caused by HIV.

Mon
15
Jun

Powerful business group opposes Arizona marijuana legalization

On the business side, recreational marijuana exposes employers to increased workplace accidents, more workers’ compensation claims and lower overall workplace productivity. We also can’t ignore the adverse effects marijuana has on adolescents’ developing brains, which has serious implications for the development of Arizona’s workforce talent pipeline. No credible economic development organization would tout marijuana legalization as a reason to locate in Arizona. Legalization sends the wrong message to the companies we want to grow and invest here. On the public health side, Arizona faces increased rates of addiction and the costs that come with drug treatment and rehabilitation.

Sun
14
Jun

Guam Officials learn about medicinal marijuana from the States

Officials from the Guam Department of Public Health recently returned from Arizona and California, where they were able to gain exposure on how the mainland handles medicinal marijuana.

"When you start looking at people's needs, we'd like to get this going as soon as possible," explained James Gillan, director of Public Health. He notes efforts in moving forward with the implementation of medicinal marijuana on Guam, citing part of that effort being staff from the Division of Environmental Health get trained and learn from other states who have experience on the matter. "If you don't know really what things look like and how they work and you try to guess at it, or read about it, sometimes that works, but I think in this case you had to have hands-on," he continued.

Tue
09
Jun

Six Possible Pot-Related Ballot Measures In Arizona You Should Know About

A lot of high hopes are riding on the November 2016 general election in Arizona.

 

Paperwork for no less than six marijuana-related ballot measures has been filed with the state Secretary of State's Office in the last few months, each aiming to make fundamental changes to the state's drug laws.

Only two or three are actually viable, most likely. Each needs to gather about 150,000 signatures — a formidable and expensive task.

But if you come across petition-gatherers asking for your signature on any of them, here are the basics you need to know:

1) Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol

Mon
08
Jun

Customs officials nab teen with marijuana in bicycle's tires at Douglas border crossing

DOUGLAS, Ariz. –  Customs officials in the border town of Douglas arrested a 17-year-old boy after finding his bicycle's tires stuffed with more than three pounds of marijuana.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say officers at the Douglas Port of Entry arrested the boy Saturday.

They say the Douglas boy was handed over to Homeland Security Investigations agents.

Officials say agents also made several large drug seizures at border crossings over the weekend.

Agents in Nogales found three pounds of heroin in a man's luggage on Saturday, and the next day arrested a 14-year-old Mexican girl who had two pounds of methamphetamine under her clothes.

Mon
08
Jun

Potlines app helps marijuana users stay on the right path

Potlines is an app that will send users an alert as to differing state marijuana laws.

 

WASHINGTON, June 7, 2015 – Marijuana is already legal for medical and recreational use in the District of Columbia. Alaska, Oregon, Washington and Colorado also allow recreational use and possession of cannabis.

Twenty-three states from Maine to California allow medical marijuana use. But if you are taking a road trip from the NorthEastern shore to Southern California, there are a lot of states in between where marijuana is still illegal.

The laws are constantly changing and  the laws for use and possession in those states is not uniform.

And ignorance of the law is not a legal defense.

Mon
08
Jun

Tommy Chong introduces his Wellness medical marijuana brand in Arizona

PHOENIX (KSAZ) -

Comedian Tommy Chong was in the valley Saturday, appearing at an event dedicated to promoting wellness through medical marijuana. 

The Arizona Cannabis for Wellness festival was held at the Encanto Green Cross dispensary in Phoenix near 27th Avenue and Encanto.

Chong, who is well known for his pot-themed "Cheech and Chong" comedy movies, introduced his brand of wellness marijuana.

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