Not everyone in Arizona is getting pardoned for past marijuana offenses following Prop 207

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 The legalization of recreational marijuana through Proposition 207 in 2020 opened a lot of doors for people with past low-level marijuana convictions.

Nowadays, thousands of people have already applied for expungement under the voter-passed initiative, but not everyone can get their charges tossed out, including a Phoenix entrepreneur who says the same cannabis industry that is bringing in big money today almost cost him everything a decade ago.


One Year in, How's Arizona's Cannabis Testing Program Doing?

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Arizona's medical marijuana market has been around for more than a decade, but it wasn't until a year ago that the state started requiring dispensaries to test their cannabis for safety.

The law that kicked testing off, SB 1494, was passed in August 2019 and went into effect on November 1, 2020. The rule requires medical marijuana products to be tested for potency and several contaminants, including microbial contamination, heavy metals, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, growth regulators, and residual solvents, before hitting the shelf.


2 Arizona companies collaborate to bring new cannabis technology to market

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A Payson-based biotech company has entered a manufacturing partnership with a cannabis operation also based in Payson as it brings a new way to ingest THC into the Arizona market.

Ally Biotech says its patent-pending Lipofusion technology will be used in oral-delivery products manufactured under the license of Desert Medical Campus Inc., which does business as Uncle Herbs Medibles.

Ally has used its exclusive nanotechnology to develop liposomes — tiny containers holding bioactive payloads that can be delivered in liquid or powder form — made of raw material that protects bioactive products from degradation in the digestive system and improves absorption on the cellular level.


Arizona Dispensary Trading Pre-rolls for Bras to Fight Breast Cancer

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A Phoenix-area cannabis dispensary chain is giving away free pre-rolled joints to customers who donate a bra in a campaign to support breast cancer awareness while supporting an Arizona nonprofit group. A collaboration between Mint Cannabis and Check for a Lump, the Buds ‘n’ Bras campaign aims to highlight the vital need for breast cancer screenings and raise funds for related support services.

Now through October 15, customers 21 and older who donate a new or gently used bra at any of The Mint’s three greater Phoenix dispensary locations will receive a free pre-roll. Those who donate 10 bras will also receive a free breast cancer awareness T-shirt, with a limit of one joint and one shirt per customer, per day. 


American Green Launches on eBay™ Featuring the Company’s Premium Hemp Cream and Hemp Lip Balm

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Today American Green (ERBB:OTC) announced that it has begun selling its Premium Hemp Cream and Hemp Lip Balm by expanding its E-commerce presence on eBay. The company is excited to add sales from eBay as another revenue stream and plans to meet or exceed the success it is currently enjoying following its launch on Amazon last December.

David G. Gwyther, American Green’s president, said, “We are thrilled to offer our premium hemp products on eBay.  Our products will be made available with eBay’s “Buy it Now” function and will include free shipping to all US customers.   Consumers throughout the world will now have direct access to American Green’s premium hemp products on eBay.”  Ebay currently has over 185 million users worldwide.


Rec’ing Ball: Recreational cannabis filling state coffers as weed sales get higher

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Despite an industry-wide whiplash start to adult-use recreational sales in January, the marijuana market in Arizona is righting itself and filling state tax coffers with infusions of cannabis cash that will only continue to rise as the recreational market matures.

The preliminary numbers are likely to adjust upwards as dispensary owners learn the ropes of the new system, but at first blush, tax revenues collected by the Arizona Department of Revenue are quickly accruing as sales continue to rise.

Through July, ADOR received more than $95 million in tax revenues from overall pot sales, based on a preliminary report posted to a new webpage on the department’s website.


Arizona Court Clears Over 3,600 Cannabis Charges in Clean Sweep

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Righting the wrongs of the War on Drugs is in full gear in Arizona. According to an August 30 press release, the Superior Court of Arizona in Maricopa County granted 3,643 petitions for expungement of cannabis-related charges since the process started last month.

The court announced that following the passage of Proposition 207 in 2020, an average of 650 people per week are filing petitions with the Superior Court of Arizona in Maricopa County to have felony cannabis-related convictions wiped off their records.


Connected and Alien Labs Win All Flower Categories in AZ Cannabis Cup

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Connected Cannabis Co., a premier cannabis cultivator, and its partner brand, Alien Labs, have received four first-place wins in the 2021 High Times Cannabis Cup Arizona: People’s Choice Edition across the Sativa flower, Hybrid flower, Indica flower and Preroll categories.


Cannabis Cup Arizona 2021 is the first award of its kind open to and judged by Arizona adults ages 21 and over. A total of 1,400 judges submitted scores and feedback for 120 entries across eight categories. Exclusive strains bred and cultivated by Connected Cannabis and Alien Labs swept all four Cannabis Cup flower categories:


How are recreational marijuana sales doing after six months?

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In January 2021, recreational marijuana became legal in Arizona thanks to the passage of Prop 207 in November 2020. In the months since, dispensaries have opened their doors to recreational marijuana sales and proved to be a powerful economic engine.

“It looks like Arizona is set to hit the $1 billion sales mark at the end of the year, which is huge in comparison to other states in their first year of recreational sales,” says Greta Brandt, president of The Flower Shop, mentioning that Colorado took about two years to do the same. Taxes collected from these transactions have added $75 million to the state’s coffers to date.

But besides increasing tax revenues, is Prop 207 on track to achieve its stated goals after six months of legalization?


Arizona's first 'Cannabis-friendly' hotel opens in Phoenix

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PHOENIX  --  The Clarendon Hotel and Spa in downtown Phoenix is open for business. Hotel managers say it is "Arizona's first Cannabis-friendly hotel."

“We are a cannabis-friendly hotel and have a cannabis-friendly event company that is elevating and educating the community about cannabis,” says Daron Brotherton, the VP of Operations at the hotel.


Arizona Department of Public Health says they approved licenses for businesses to sell recreational marijuana.



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