Officials seek to overturn edible marijuana ruling

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..


Arizona court rules cannabis extracts not protected under Medical Marijuana Act

This could cause myriad issues relating to medical marijuana access.

An Arizona appeals court has ruled that cannabis extracts are not protected under the state’s medical marijuana act. The ruling stems from the case of Rodney Jones, a registered medical marijuana patient who was arrested in 2013 for possessing hashish.


Arizona appeals court: Cannabis extracts not protected under MMJ Act

The Arizona Court of Appeals has upheld a conviction and stated that cannabis extracts are not protected under MMJ Act.

Rodney Jones, a registered medical marijuana patient, was arrested in 2013 for possessing hashish.

He was convicted and sentenced to 2-and-a-half years in prison when the court found that the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (AMMA) did not protect cannabis extracts such as hash or hash oil.

The Arizona Court of Appeals recently upheld the conviction in a 2-1 decision when a judge ruled that because hashish is still criminally illegal, the AMMA does not specifically condone Jones’s use of a hash extract.


Medical-Cannabis Extracts Like Vape Pen Oil Are Illegal, Arizona Appeals Court Rules

In a major legal setback to the state's medical-marijuana community, the Arizona Court of Appeals has ruled that cannabis extracts commonly sold in state dispensaries are illegal.

The ruling affects what the court and Arizona law calls "hashish," or the resin extracted from marijuana. Medical marijuana consumers also know it as hash oil, shatter, wax, and other names. It's become one of the biggest sellers at the state's dispensaries, used to fill vape cartridges and create most cannabis-infused food and drinks.

It's also the main ingredient in the cannabis oil used by many parents to treat epileptic children.

The appeals court found in a 2-1 decision that the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act doesn't address hashish.


Inside one Arizona cannabis operation's mission to spread the culture

Before you see the cannabis, you smell it. Our pickup truck is rolling down a very dusty, very long driveway on the outskirts of Willcox, Arizona—a town that itself feels like the outskirts of anywhere—when the pungent scent floods the car. “I smell cannabis!” exclaims Sunday Goods CEO Randy Smith as we pull up to the "Pharm"—the company’s massive Dutch greenhouse and grow facility. The desert sun glints off of it; the mountains pose behind it; the lush cannabis plant fills it.

It is beautiful.


Medical marijuana legal on college campuses, Arizona Supreme Court rules

The Arizona Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the state can't criminally charge public college students for having and using marijuana on campus if they have a medical marijuana card.

The high court said a 2012 law banning medical marijuana on college campuses violated the Arizona Constitution's protections for voter-approved laws. The court also vacated a marijuana possession conviction for the student, Andre Maestas, who fought the law.


Arizona governor allows industrial hemp

Arizona is the latest state to allow farmers to grow industrial hemp.

Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday signed legislation that funds a pilot program for growing hemp. The fiber form of marijuana can be used to create a variety of products like building materials, food, paper and textiles.

Ducey’s office says at least 34 states have passed legislation related to industrial hemp, and that the product will benefit Arizona’s economy.

The new law says hemp grown here cannot contain more than .3 percent THC, which is the psychoactive element of marijuana.

Growers, harvesters, processors and transporters will be required to get a license from the state agriculture department. The legislation also spells out penalties for anyone who violates the licensing requirements.


Cannabis cultivation will be a race to the bottom

The current “green rush” has brought with it an intense focus on large-scale cannabis cultivation. Across the United States and around the globe, we routinely hear stories of companies building larger and larger cannabis farms.

In Arizona, Colorado, California, and Oregon, cannabis is being cultivated in greenhouses in excess of 250,000 sq. ft. that are capable of yielding more than 50,000 pounds of flower. While large-scale Canadian producers are building greenhouses in the millions of square feet and building similar-sized facilities in Europe, Australia, and elsewhere.


Arizona: Could money for teacher pay raises come from legalized marijuana?

Governor Doug Ducey has promised Arizona teachers a raise, and he has called on state lawmakers to make it happen, as part of a new budget.

The question is: where will the money come from?

One idea being floated is potential tax revenue from the legalization of recreational marijuana. A bill that would legalize recreational marijuana in the state was all but dead in the State Legislature this session, but it might be getting new life.

"It's not going to solve the entire issue," said State Rep. Mark Cardenas (D-Phoenix). "I think it's $680 million that we need to come up with, and this would take care of 150 of that, but this is a significant portion."


House kills bill to allow eye tests for pot impairment

Unwilling to trust untested technology, state lawmakers voted Wednesday to block employers from firing workers based on their eye movements.

Current state labor law spells out the kinds of tests that companies can use to determine if current or prospective employees are impaired or under the influence of certain chemicals or alcohol. That includes testing urine, saliva, blood, breath, hair or “other substances from the person being tested.”

SB 1199 would amend that to include “eye movement data collected using software on an electronic device.”


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