Arizona

Thu
14
Mar

How the government's single licensed cannabis supplier is sabotaging research

With marijuana illegal under federal law, the red tape and bureaucratic hurdles facing American scientists who aim to study cannabis render the task nearly impossible, writes Madison Margolin. Some, however, like Dr. Sue Sisley from Scottsdale, Arizona, have persevered nonetheless, coming as far as to — almost — reschedule cannabis flower as a prescription medication for patients with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In partnership with the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), Sisley has secured the FDA's blessing to pursue clinical research on veteran PTSD patients, who smoke cannabis to mitigate their symptoms.

Fri
22
Feb

First clinical trial of cannabis for PTSD in veterans is now complete

After a decade of working on the first FDA-approved trial examining the effects of THC and CBD on the symptoms of PTSD in war veterans, a team of researchers has declared their clinical trial complete. The process, however, was not simple.

“We are proud to have persevered through these regulatory hurdles independently of hospitals, universities, or the VA system,” commented site principal investigator Dr. Sue Sisley in a press release.

Thu
21
Feb

House panel OKs bill to legalize extracts under medical marijuana law

A House committee voted Wednesday to ensure that edible forms of marijuana remain available for sale in Arizona, no matter what the Arizona Supreme Court eventually decides.

HB 2149 would spell out that the 2010 voter-approved law that allows marijuana to be used for medical purposes also legalized anything made from the resins. That can include something as simple as a tincture that a parent can give a sick child or more complex and commercial products like gummy bears and chocolate bars containing tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive elements of marijuana.

The 5-2 vote by the House Committee on Public Safety came over the objections of Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk.

Fri
15
Feb

Prosecutor in Arizona compares marijuana to explosives

An Arizona prosecutor has made one of the most ridiculous comparisons imaginable in a legal brief about keeping certain marijuana products illegal, writes Joseph Misulonas.

Tue
05
Feb

Medical marijuana laws in Arizona: What is legal and illegal?

Marijuana has grown to become a $400 million industry in Arizona, but nine years after medical marijuana was legalized in our state, there is still confusion about how the law treats pot in Arizona.

Mon
28
Jan

Arizona lawmaker wants to cut expenses for medical-marijuana cardholders

A Republican lawmaker wants to reduce the financial burden on medical- marijuana patients.
Tue
15
Jan

Arizonans consumed 61 tons of medical marijuana in 2018

Medical-marijuana patients in Arizona smoked, vaped, dabbed, ate, or otherwise consumed a record 61 tons of cannabis products in 2018, state records show.

The state Department of Health Services published its annual end-of-the-year report on Monday, January 14, and as usual it's got a shit-ton of interesting data for anyone interested in Arizona's experience with state-legal weed.

One of the first numbers from our calculator that caught our eye: Arizona dispensaries sold 2.5 tons of edibles alone last year. That happens to be the total amount of all medical-marijuana products sold in Arizona dispensaries in 2012, the first full year of their existence. You've come a long way, patients.

Tue
23
Oct

Arizona Attorney General seeks to prohibit hashish for medical marijuana patients

Arizona’s attorney general want to make flower the only form of cannabis available for medical consumption. In a move that’s thrown patients and dispensary owners into confusion, Arizona’s attorney general Mark Brnovich posited in court filings that only dried marijuana should be available for medical consumption. The filings suggest that possession of hashish be deemed a crime—an idea that, if enforced, could have dire consequences for those who use oils, extracts, or any food product made with the plant.

Mon
22
Oct

Marijuana moguls: MedMen of California enter Arizona cannabis scene

Arizona’s booming medical cannabis market has caught the eye of yet another outside investor, this one from California.

This month, Los Angeles cannabis company MedMen acquired Monarch Wellness Center dispensary in Scottsdale as well as its 20,000-square-foot cultivation center in Mesa.

Wed
03
Oct

Phoenix City Council kills medical marijuana tax

The Phoenix City Council voted unanimously to kill a tax proposal that could have cost medical marijuana dispensaries millions of dollars each year. After backlash from the medical marijuana industry and transparency concerns voiced by council members, Mayor Thelda Williams was forced to back down on the idea. 

The tax plan would have raised $40 million to $50 million per year for the city's police and fire departments by taxing medical marijuana dispensaries and cultivation sites by the size of the facilities. Some marijuana businesses would have been on the hook for more than $1 million under the tax model.

The tax idea came from the Professional Fire Fighters of Arizona, the statewide union, which paid a law firm to craft the proposal. 

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