Maricopa community colleges get $17.1M from cannabis tax in first year of legality


Taxes from the sale of recreational cannabis during the first year of legality in Arizona resulted in millions of dollars for local community colleges, officials said Tuesday.

Maricopa County Community College District received $17.1 million from the imposed 16% excise tax on the drug, with the money being used to improve student offerings, the district said in a press release.

The district said it has earmarked $7.6 million of the funds toward 35 career-specific training programs, with focuses including beauty and wellness, healthcare, and trades and technology.


UA cannabis certificate program teaches skills for legal marijuana industry


The University of Arizona is going green by adding new courses this spring, teaching students the skills needed to work in the legal marijuana industry. They were able to create the noncredit Cannabis Certificate Program by partnering with the cannabis education company, Green Flower. Dr. Craig Wilson, vice provost for Online, Distance and Continuing Education said the university decided to ensure students interested in pursuing careers receive credible cannabis education.


“This, like other hot industries deserves a workforce that’s trained, prepared and professional. Here at the University of Arizona, we look forward to being a part of the conversation,” Wilson said.


Cannabis goes high tech with AI


Using data gathered through research to more effectively develop products that meet consumer needs is not new, but a promising innovation, at least for the cannabis industry, is using Artificial Intelligence to streamline and enhance not only the research but development processes. Nancy Whiteman, CEO of Wana Brands (one of the cannabis companies currently utilizing AI for R&D purposes in collaboration with The Effects Lab by budboard) is enthusiastic about AI’s potential.


Arizonans Are Getting a New Cannabis Brand: LEUNE


A cannabis lifestyle brand beloved by the modern-day, conscious cannabis consumer, LEUNE, announced a new expansion into Arizona. Previously, LEUNE marijuana products have only been available in California. This rollout is the first development of a larger plan of continued expansion throughout the next year.

The Arizona launch will initially be with 35 dispensary locations with rapid growth on the horizon throughout 2022. LEUNE’s All-In-One Vaporizers, 510 Cartridges, Pre-Rolls, and Jarred Flower will be the first products available in Arizona. LEUNE Cannabis Products will be initially available at: Oasis, Nirvana, Curaleaf, Cannabist Tempe, and SWC Prescott.

LEUNE is on a short list of California cannabis brands to be available in Arizona.


UArizona to launch 3 noncredit cannabis certificate programs

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The University of Arizona announced Tuesday it will offer new noncredit cannabis certification programs to educate students about various aspects of the robust industry that has emerged since legalization.

Certifications will be offered in the Business of Cannabis, Cannabis Law and Policy, and Cannabis Healthcare and Medicine, with each including three eight-week online courses that can be completed in approximately six months.


Hazy regulatory status lets consumer cannabis claims far outpace research findings

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Arizona is one of 18 states that allows non-medical cannabis use, and is among 36 states to approve medical marijuana. But research on cannabis’s intoxicating molecule THC remains limited, and claims about the benefits of the plant’s many byproducts often sprout from stories, not science.

“We have changing policy and public perception, emerging cannabis trends, shifting patterns of use in demographics — there's clearly an urgent need to know the positive and negative health effects,” said Ziva Cooper, director of UCLA’s Cannabis Research Initiative.

Cannabis plants contain scores of substances with potential uses that are already making their way into the marketplace.


Paint and Puff: Arte Bella works to end the stigma around marijuana use

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Arte Bella, located along Tucson's Historic Fourth Avenue, is one of the first businesses in town to encourage and allow the concept of Bring Your Own Bud — or "BYOB" — and weed-friendly events.

Following the Arizona Proposition 207, Arte Bella owner Jen Christiansen was quick to act on ending the stigma around the use of marijuana and opened her business along Fourth Avenue in early 2021. 

The idea began back in 2011, when the original Arte Bella opened at the Park Place Mall, which provided art classes alongside adult beverage options. 

Once the use of marijuana became medicinal, Christiansen began implementing a variation of art classes called Buds and Brushes at the 420 Social Club. 


Copperstate Farms Nominated to Arizona Dispensaries Association (ADA) Board of Directors

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Brad Kotansky, CFO at Copperstate Farms, will serve a two-year term on the ADA board and represent the local cannabis business community

Copperstate Farms Management, LLC, a vertically integrated cannabis operator based in Arizona, today announced Chief Financial Officer, Brad Kotansky, will serve on the Arizona Dispensaries Association (ADA) board of directors. The incoming 2022 board members will lead the organization into the state’s second year of adult-use legalized cannabis.


Here’s how Arizona is poised to become king of cannabis industry

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More than a decade ago, the seeds of a new industry were planted in the Grand Canyon State. Voters approved Proposition 203, which created Arizona’s medical marijuana program. The law allowed patients with qualifying conditions to purchase cannabis products from licensed dispensaries. To address demand for medical cannabis, the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) was given regulatory powers over the nascent sector. In the years since, a robust cannabis industry has grown in Arizona within the bounds of Prop 203.


Arizona issues recall for marijuana products due to salmonella

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No illnesses have been reported but health officials are advising purchasers to dispose of certain products.

Multiple Arizona-based marijuana dispensaries are initiating a voluntary recall of specific products due to possible salmonella or aspergillus contamination. 

The Arizona Department of Health Services announced Thursday it was advising purchasers to dispose of products that tested positive for salmonella or aspergillus during laboratory testing. 


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