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.



Marijuana Legalization Has Increased Arizona Home Values

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A new study has found that home values increase following the legalization of recreational marijuana.

“Something interesting that we noted was that the type of legalization actually had a huge impact,” Michelle Delgado of Clever Real Estate told KOB4 News. “So states that legalized recreational marijuana saw much bigger jumps in home values than states that only legalized medicinal marijuana or states that didn’t legalize it at all.”

Colorado home values went up $89,377 from 2017 to 2021. Arizona’s increased $80,558. In Texas, where recreational marijuana is not legal, home values increased $40,457 during the same time span.

“We found that if marijuana had been legal during those year, home values would have likely risen almost $53,000,” Delgado stated.


Arizona Launches Much-Needed Marijuana Conviction Expungement Program

Arizona residents with low-level marijuana convictions can have their records wiped clean under a state expungement program launched this week. The expungements for minor cannabis convictions are being issued in accordance with Proposition 207, the 2020 ballot initiative to legalize marijuana for adults that was passed by 60 percent of the state’s voters.


Marijuana is legal in 37 states across the USA now

Since 2012, 19 states and Washington, DC, have legalized marijuana for adults over the age of 21. And 37 states have legalized medical marijuana – meaning that a majority of Americans have access to cannabis, whether medically or recreationally.


Three states-New Mexico, Virginia, and South Dakota-passed legalization in recent months, and the laws took effect in late June and early July.


In South Dakota, medical and recreational cannabis ballot measures passed in the November elections. But only the medical program appears to be underway as recreational marijuana faces challenges.


New Arizona law allows for expungement of some marijuana offenses

Thanks to the passage of Proposition 207, Arizona is one step closer to making it easier for people with certain marijuana-related offenses on their records to have them expunged. The process will be free.

Last week, the Arizona Administrative Office of the Courts sent out a press release with a link to a website that helps individuals find out if they qualify for expungement, along with the necessary application forms.

“Provisions for expunging records that show the arrest, charge, adjudication, conviction or sentence of certain marijuana-related offenses take effect July 12, 2021,” it said.


How Arizona's Marijuana Industry Is Growing, Evolving

The marijuana industry in Arizona is changing — and growing.


Post-pandemic Arizona job seekers flocking to flourishing marijuana industry

Before the pandemic, Aaron De La Rosa was working three jobs and no time to time to enjoy life or save money for a rainy day.

But as COVID-19 began to intensify and reach Arizona, his hours were slowly cut until he was officially let go.

“When I finally had that time to breathe and recollect myself, I said, ‘this isn’t the life I want to work towards,’” he added.

He was unemployed for eight months as the pandemic closed businesses, taxed the health care system and took thousands of lives.

After an unforgettable and difficult year, the economy is slowly recovering, and people are starting to head back to work.


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