Arizona

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. 

Tue
02
Oct

Legal marijuana pizza finally available in Arizona

For years stoners have enjoyed a slice of pizza while getting high. But now they'll finally be able to enjoy pizza that will get them high, at least in Arizona, writes Joseph Misulonas.

Tue
02
Oct

MedMen significantly expands national reach with entrance into Arizona’s fast growing medical marijuana market

MedMen Enterprises Inc. today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement with WhiteStar Solutions LLC to acquire control of Monarch, a Scottsdale, Arizona-based licensed medical cannabis license holder with dispensary, cultivation and processing operations through the acquisition of Omaha Management Services, LLC. In addition, MedMen will acquire from WhiteStar their exclusive co-manufacturing and licensing agreements with Kiva, Mirth Provisions and HUXTON for the state of Arizona.

Fri
14
Sep

Are hasish edibles legal under medical marijuana laws? Arizona Supreme Court will decide

Attorneys for a Yavapai County resident are asking the Arizona Supreme Court to overturn a lower court decision which makes criminals out of medical marijuana patients who choose to use edibles and liquids rather than smoking the plant’s dried flowers and leaves.

In new filings, the lawyers contend the state Court of Appeals got it wrong earlier this year when it concluded in a 2-1 ruling that a 2010 voter-approved law that legalized the medical use of marijuana does not cover products made from hashish and other extracts of the plant. The majority concluded that hashish, essentially the resin of the cannabis plant and the products made from the resin are legally not the same as the plant itself and its possession remains a crime, even for medical marijuana users.

Fri
14
Sep

The first medicinal cannabis kitchen of its kind in the United States will debut in Arizona

The Mint Dispensary, operator of one of the largest medicinal cannabis dispensaries in the United States, is launching the country’s first full-service cannabis kitchen in Tempe, Ariz., on Friday, Oct. 5.

Patients seeking relief through medicinal cannabis can now access freshly prepared, cannabis-infused meals created by a professional chef at the dispensary’s 12,000-square-foot Tempe location.

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