Arizona lawmakers fail to put cannabis legalization on ballot

A bipartisan bill to put recreational marijuana on Arizona's November ballot has died in the statehouse, writes Calvin Hughes.

One of the bill's primary sponsors, Representative Todd Clodfelter (R), thinks the Arizona legislature is only making things harder for themselves by not dealing with the issue now before Arizona residents repeal cannabis prohibition through a ballot initiative.


California medical marijuana recommendation provides legal immunity in Arizona

An Arizona Court of Appeals ruling says a man's medical marijuana recommendation letter obtained from a physician under California's medical marijuana law provides the same legal immunity as registry cards issued by Arizona authorities.

The three-judge panel's decision Thursday upholds a La Paz County Superior Court judge's dismissal of drug possession charges stemming from a 2016 traffic stop of Stanley Kemmish Jr.

Prosecutors argued that the physician's letter saying Kemmish would benefit from marijuana medical usage wasn't the equivalent of Arizona's state-issued cards, but the Court of Appeals said having the letter meant Kemmish was a "visiting qualifying patient" under the Arizona law.


4 reasons why recreational marijuana has a shot in Arizona

Arizona voters may have another shot at legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes if Rep. Mark Cardenas and Rep. Todd Clodfelter have their way.

They're proposing House Concurrent Resolution 2037, which would refer a ballot measure to voters that would allow adults 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of marijuana for personal use and grow up to six plants.

And this time, the bipartisan effort may work, though there are significant hurdles as well.  


Arizona: State to test regulated marijuana for mold, disease before sale

Sometime next year medical marijuana users will get a guarantee of sorts that the drugs they are buying is both as good as they’ve been promised.

And they’ll know if it’s got mold, disease-causing bacteria or other adulterants.

With only three lawmakers in dissent, the Senate voted Thursday to require the state Department of Agriculture to test what’s being sold at the state-regulated dispensaries around the state. SB 1420 now goes to the House.

But two other measures dealing with medical marijuana met a different fate.


Arizona: Lawmakers want to charge doctors who prescribe cannabis with a felony

State legislators in Arizona are looking to crack down on pre-existing medical marijuana laws with a bold, albeit harsh, set of regulations.

In order to further regulate the plant amongst its medical patients, lawmakers want to charge doctors who prescribe cannabis with a felony.

A Harsh Punishment

On Thursday, Arizona’s House Health Committee voted 6-3 for HB 2067, a bill that would take aim at doctors that fail to conduct a full medical exam before recommending cannabis to their patients. Doctors could face up to a year in prison if they neglect to do their due diligence.


Phoenix company working on 'Marijuana Mecca' in California desert

A Phoenix-based company is trying to take hospitality to a higher level. They’re investing millions on an experiment in the California desert. It all revolves around one thing: cannabis.

When you travel to the edge of the Mohave Desert, about an hour’s drive west of Bullhead City, you reach a tiny, windswept town: Nipton, California.

Population? Depends whom you ask. But everyone agrees less than 40.

“It's like Neverland, you know? You're in your own time zone,” said Cody Benson, who has lived in Nipton since he was 5.

“I've known it to have about three different owners and it hasn't changed much through that time,” Benson said.


How Arizona's 'non-profit' medical marijuana industry makes millions

True Harvest head grower Ronin Klos looks at marijuana in a grow room at the True Harvest growing facility in Phoenix on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017. True Harvest has renovated a former Revlon makeup factory into a massive marijuana farm supplying Arizona's medical-marijuana program.(Photo: David Wallace/The Republic)

Arizona’s surging medical marijuana industry includes a 40-acre greenhouse in Snowflake, stock traded on the Canadian market, an 800,000-square-foot factory turned indoor farm in west Phoenix, and home delivery for customers.

Sales of medical marijuana here soared nearly 50 percent in 2017 with an estimated value of $387 million. A small army of attorneys and high-end Scottsdale public relations professionals work on its behalf.


Arizona Medical Marijuana sales are going to shock you

In 2017 turned out to be a banner year for cannabis patients in Arizona. According to a soon-to-be-public report from the state’s Department of Health Services, patients in the Grand Canyon State consumed more than 43 tons of marijuana products last year. The total tonnage including flower, edibles, and concentrates.


Arizona law may protect Medical Marijuana users from feds’ new stance

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions may be looking to crack down on pot sales in states where they are legal, but Arizona medical-marijuana users likely don’t need to worry.

A provision buried in the federal budget, plus a safety valve in what Arizona voters enacted in 2010, are expected protect individual medical-marijuana users in the State unless the Drug Enforcement Administration starts targeting individual users, which is considered highly unlikely.


Arizona: poll shows recreational marijuana support is lacking

Don't look for Arizonans to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, at least not in the immediate future.

A new statewide poll of those likely to vote in next year's election finds just 35 percent said they would support a measure for the personal use of the drug. By contrast, 48 percent of the 600 people who were questioned in the automated telephone poll said they were opposed, with the rest undecided.

What makes that significant is that Proposition 205, a legalization measure on the 2016 ballot, failed by just three percentage points.

Michael Noble, managing partner of the political consulting firm OH Predictive Strategies, that did the survey earlier this month, said the results are not a surprise.


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