Why Aren’t More Patients Utilizing Medical Cannabis Reciprocity Programs?

Reciprocity, the legal process allowing a state-issued license to be accepted in other states, is relatively common among medical cannabis states. 

But it seems that not that many people actually use reciprocity, particularly in high bar states like Oklahoma.


Arizona Already Has 6 Marijuana Bills Filed for the 2020 Legislative Session

Arizona already has 6 medical marijuana-related bills filed by lawmakers to kick-off the state’s 2020 legislative session.

Of the bills, these are the ones that would directly affect Arizona medical marijuana patients:

HB 2178


Cannabis vape sales slid 26% in two months following health crisis

Cannabis vape sales tumbled 26 per cent in the two months following the health crisis that has killed dozens and sickened thousands, according to new industry research.

Legal sales peaked at a combined US$160 million in August in the states of California, Colorado, Oregon, Nevada and Arizona, according to a report from BDS Analytics and Arcview Market Research.

As reports of vaping illnesses grew and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention disclosed the first deaths related to the practice, sales slumped to US$126 million in September and US$119 million in October. This was significant for the legal cannabis market as a whole, where vapes accounted for approximately 25 per cent of total sales in the first three quarters of 2019.


How to test marijuana in Arizona? state-appointed council issues recommendations

state-appointed council has determined that trace amounts of some pesticides, heavy metals, residual solvents, and microbial growth are safe in medical pot — even as some argue there isn't enough science yet to determine appropriate cannabis safety standards.

The Arizona Department of Health Services put the medical marijuana testing advisory council together in September as a requirement of the Arizona law that will mandate testing starting in November 2020. The group finalized its recommendations on December 23.


These U.S. states are most likely to legalize marijuana in 2020

The cannabis advocacy community wants the nation to believe that 2019 was a banner year in the realm of marijuana reform. But the only things that really happened were that New York and New Jersey failed to make good on their word to legalize, Illinois followed through and the U.S. House of Representatives dilly-dallied with a couple of bills (SAFE and MORE Acts) that will never see the light of day.

This “banner” year that pro-pot organizations like NORML are so proud of really doesn’t equate to much. But we could have better luck next year. There are several states positioned to legalize marijuana in 2020. These are the five that seem to have the best chance at success.


Arizona may limit hemp farms' proximity to marijuana farms

Some of Arizona’s medical marijuana growers have shared their growing concerns over hemp with state lawmakers.

The growers want a law enacted to require a multi-mile buffer zone between where hemp farmers can grow in relation to medical marijuana farms, reported. Hemp growers think 5 miles is more than adequate while marijuana growers think a minimum of 10 miles is necessary.


Marijuana Legalization Could Be Coming To These States In 2020

This year has been momentous for cannabis reform, from the Illinois General Assembly becoming the first state legislature to pass a bill to regulate cannabis like alcohol to the U.S. House of Representatives passing the SAFE Banking Act and forging ahead with the MORE Act. 

It’s important to celebrate these victories, but with the end of 2019 comes the beginning of 2020, which is already shaping up to be the biggest year ever for marijuana-policy reform. 


A majority of Arizona voters want marijuana legalized, a poll says

Fifty four percent of registered voters in Arizona approve of the legalization of marijuana, according to a new poll from OH Predictive Insights. The numbers show that only 33% of registered Arizona voters oppose the marijuana legalization.

“Arizona could be the 12th state to have legalized marijuana for adult use,” said Mike Noble, with the polling firm OH Predictive Insights.

The support holds across the state, with 58% of voters in Pima County approving and 55% in Maricopa County.

“Among even Republicans, who have been the most fervent against the recreational legalization, even they were slightly above water when it came to support,” said Noble.


Vaping crisis takes toll on September cannabis sales

Stocks quotes in this article: KSHB

The vaping crisis is taking its toll on cannabis vape sales, but overall cannabis sales continue to grow. Still, with over a thousand patients and multiple deaths as reported by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), cannabis consumers have become very cautious as to the products they purchase.


Arizona announces adoption of digital medical marijuana cards

State regulators in Arizona will begin issuing identification cards in digital form next month, according to a report from cannabis industry website Beginning December 1, the new digital marijuana identification cards will replace the physical cards currently being issued through the mail by the Arizona Department of Health Services (AZDHS).

The new digital identification cards will be sent via email to patients. The email will include a PDF version of the identification card which can be accessed when needed or saved on a cellphone or other electronic device. Patients who wish to carry a physical card can print the PDF to keep with them.


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