Arizona

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04
Jun

Arizona's marijuana industry booming with new jobs

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.

Mon
26
Apr

The cannabis tourist's guide to legal US states

As more and more states decriminalize cannabis and legalize recreational use for adults, cannabis tourism is on the rise. Much as one might sample Seattle's famous coffee scene or check out the craft beer in hop capitals like Denver, Colorado and Bend, Oregon, visitors to legal states are dipping a toe into the local culture and sampling regional varietals of bud.

But knowing what the rules about purchasing and consuming cannabis are in different states can be a little tricky. Just in the past year, a slew of new states have sprung for legal cannabis legislation, including Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Arizona, Montana, South Dakota and New Mexico. 

Wed
21
Apr

Arizona is No. 10 among marijuana-friendly states

With thousands of new jobs, booming sales, a growing tax base and just in time to celebrate 4/20 today, Arizona is ranked No. 10 among the most marijuana-friendly states in the U.S.

America is getting more and more marijuana-friendly every year. As of April 2021, 17 states have fully legalized marijuana, 27 states have decriminalized it and 36 states have laws allowing the use of medical marijuana. Legalization looks like the future, so QuoteWizard‘s team of analysts took a look at which states are leading the charge.


Key findings among marijuana-friendly states:

• Marijuana sales in fully legalized states passed $10 billion in 2020.

• The number of marijuana-related jobs increased by more than 20% in 2020.

Wed
17
Mar

Arizona Dispensaries Rewarding Covid-19 Vaccinations With Free Edibles

A chain of cannabis dispensaries in Arizona is offering an enticing incentive to those who have received a Covid-19 vaccine: free marijuana edibles. The offer from The Mint dispensaries continues a trend of support for coronavirus vaccinations from members of the cannabis community seen in other locations across the country.

Wed
10
Mar

Business Insurance Carrier Offers Services to Cannabis Market in Arizona

small green leaves poking out of the soil

While the legal cannabis industry is slowly spreading across the U.S. and becoming legal, regulated, and accepted in more states, one thing the cannabis industry struggles with is having access to services that most businesses have access to, including banking and insurance. Now, one company has stepped forward to offer insurance services to the Arizona market, which is very much in need. 

Tue
02
Mar

Arizona Cities Ban Recreational Marijuana Establishments

glass jar of cannabis

Hopefully, in time, these cities will reevaluate the deleterious effects these ordinances have on sales taxes and consumer choice.

Arizonans knew zoning issues could cause headaches for dispensary owners. However, what was unanticipated are the new bans by some of the Arizona cities for recreational marijuana establishments.

Shortly after the passage of Proposition 207, otherwise known as the Smart and Safe Arizona Act (the “Act”), several Arizona cities moved to ban recreational marijuana sales, unless the dispensary is a “dual licensee”. A dual licensee means an establishment that is licensed both as a medical marijuana establishment and an adult use (or recreational) establishment.

Mon
01
Mar

Arizona Cities Ban Recreational Marijuana Establishments

cannabis buds in a glass jar

Hopefully, in time, these cities will reevaluate the deleterious effects these ordinances have on sales taxes and consumer choice.

Arizonans knew zoning issues could cause headaches for dispensary owners. However, what was unanticipated are the new bans by some of the Arizona cities for recreational marijuana establishments.

Shortly after the passage of Proposition 207, otherwise known as the Smart and Safe Arizona Act (the “Act”), several Arizona cities moved to ban recreational marijuana sales, unless the dispensary is a “dual licensee”. A dual licensee means an establishment that is licensed both as a medical marijuana establishment and an adult use (or recreational) establishment.

Thu
25
Feb

How Recreational Legalization Is Affecting Medical Marijuana Patients in Arizona

store stocked with goods on shelves

Arizona celebrated its first month of recreational marijuana sales yesterday, and there's much to cheer. More than 100 medical marijuana dispensaries have been cleared to sell recreational marijuana to customers 21 years and older, and business is booming. Drive past a Valley dispensary in the middle of the day, and there's a decent chance you'll still find a line outside the door.

For longtime marijuana shoppers in Arizona — MMJ patients, that is — there's been less to celebrate. Ironically, many of them feel that legalization has made marijuana less accessible for them.

One gripe: those lines.

Wed
24
Feb

4 Ways Weed Shops Can Keep Their Customers Coming Back

people at a cannabis dispensary

Maine officially rolled out adult-use cannabis sales last October. Arizona, New Jersey, South Dakota, Montana, and Mississippi are all on track to open up shop soon, creating a greater likelihood that we'll see more cannabis dispensaries across the U.S. sooner rather than later. 

According to Zendesk's Customer Experience Trends Report 2020, "nearly three out of four customers (74 percent) feel loyal to a specific brand or company, and more than half (52 percent) will go out of their way to buy from their favorite brands or businesses."

Tue
23
Feb

Budding job market: Arizona among top states for marijuana employment, study says

woman organizing cannabis jars on a shelf

With nearly 21,000 people working in marijuana dispensaries or affiliated businesses, Arizona ranks No. 4 nationally for jobs in the cannabis industry, according to a report released Tuesday by Leafly.

The report was based on employment in 2020, before Arizona launched adult-use marijuana sales in January, so those figures are sure to rise as dispensaries around the state ramp up to meet the new demand from sales to any adult over age 21, not just medical-marijuana patients.

Arizona had more than $1 billion in medical-marijuana sales last year, with about 5,600 new jobs created just last year, according to estimates in the report.

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