Arizona

Thu
28
May

Arizona Now Has Dueling Marijuana Legalization Campaigns

California isn’t the only state where cannabis supporters are sabotaging one another’s legalization efforts.

Arizona now has two competing initiatives to legalize cannabis in 2016. The Washington DC-based Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) is leading one effort while some newly minted medical cannabis dispensaries — which MPP helped legalize in 2010 — are running a competing initiative.

Mon
25
May

Medial marijuana patients post ads for pot on Craigslist, claim 'gray area' in the law

Go on Craigslist and search for marijuana, and you’ll likely come across quite a few posts advertising for “patient-to-patient” exchanges or delivery of the drug.

The ads will ask for other medical marijuana patients only and, often, they’ll ask for a “donation” fee.

The ABC15 Investigators looked at dozens of ads like this. One medical marijuana patient who said he’s been posting ads for a few months agreed to talk to us.

“The purpose of these ads is to get yourself out there,” he said, “to get known.” He said it’s so that he and other medical marijuana patients can try different types of medical marijuana and meet each other. He described it as a community of medical marijuana patients.

Fri
22
May

Half-Baked -- The Retail Promotion of Marijuana Edibles

A striking feature of the rollout of the state-legalized retail sales of marijuana has been the tremendous popularity of edible marijuana products. Marijuana brownies have long been a staple of cannabis coffee shops in the Netherlands, but the new products are quite different. They are skillfully produced and packaged to closely mimic popular candies and other sweets. These products can now be purchased legally in four states; retail stores are operating in Colorado and Washington State, and voters recently approved retail sales in Alaska and Oregon.

Wed
20
May

Arizona's second drive launched on recreational marijuana use

PHOENIX — A second group launched its own effort Tuesday to legalize marijuana for recreational use in Arizona, potentially putting both campaigns in jeopardy.

The new group, known as the Campaign to Legalize and Regulate Marijuana, filed paperwork Tuesday to start gathering signatures for a proposal to let adults use the drug for recreational use. Backers need 150,642 valid signatures by July 7, 2016, to qualify for the general election ballot that year.

The move comes exactly a month after the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol began its own petition drive to put a similar, but not exactly duplicate, initiative on the 2016 ballot. It also needs the same number of signatures.

And that’s where the first problem arises.

Mon
18
May

Arizona Officials Are Using Drug Money to Oppose Marijuana Legalization

In an attempt to prevent the legalization of marijuana in Arizona, a multi-agency drug war task force has donated tens of thousands of dollars collected from the civil asset forfeiture program to ensure a statewide cannabis industry never sees the light of day.

Mon
18
May

Brnovich backs off anti-marijuana campaign authorization

PHOENIX — Saying he has concerns about abuse, Attorney General Mark Brnovich withdrew his formal legal opinion that public officials can use their offices and resources to “educate” voters on an upcoming ballot measure.

In a prepared statement, press aide Kristen Keogh said there were “allegations” that his opinion, issued less than two weeks ago, “may have provided an opportunity for potential government abuse.” And she said he takes that issue “very seriously.”

Communications chief Ryan Anderson said the next step is to review the issue and issue a revision that is not only “more clear,” but also ensures the opinion, which can be cited in court cases, is not used in a way that does not protect taxpayer dollars.

Fri
15
May

Marijuana peddlers busted vending at Farmer's Markets

GLENDALE, Arizona — Glendale police have arrested several people accused of conducting illegal marijuana sales at so-called farmers markets.

Approximately four weeks ago, the Glendale Police Department received complaints of suspicious activity related to the 7Ten Club at Camelback Road and 51st Avenue. Police said the club has been hosting “farmers markets” twice a week where vendors and customers transact marijuana.

Detectives conducted surveillance and undercover operations that included 18 illegal marijuana transactions during which they purchased marijuana from vendors.

Thu
14
May

Arizona: Yavapai County RICO Funds Paid for Anti-Marijuana-Legalization Effort

Sheila Polk, Yavapai County Attorney, wants to use more public funds to fight a planned cannabis legalization measure in Arizona.

A law-enforcement task force in Yavapai County cut a $50,000 check from RICO funds to a substance-abuse group dedicated to fighting marijuana legalization in Arizona, New Times has learned.

The deal between the Yavapai County-based Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking (PANT) task force and MATFORCE was made soon after the Marijuana Policy Project announced it would launch a 2016 legalization campaign in Arizona — and more public funding against legalization could be on the way.

Mon
11
May

Arizona AG: Officials OK to 'educate' public on pot initiative

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich issued a legal opinion in May 2015 saying elected officials can use their offices and resources to educate the public about why they think marijuana should not be legalized in 2016.(Photo: David Wallace/The Republic)

Educating or politicking? ...

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich issued a legal opinion last week saying elected officials can use their offices and resources to educate the public about why they think marijuana should not be legalized in 2016.

Mon
11
May

There's More to This Company Than Marijuana

Since last summer, enthusiasm surrounding marijuana's potential as a treatment for epilepsy has led to investors more than doubling their money in Insys Therapeutics (NASDAQ: INSY  ) .

Insys Therapeutics is one of the only publicly-traded companies pursuing the development of prescription drugs based on the chemical cannabinoids found in marijuana, but the reasons for owning shares in the company stretch far beyond its marijuana program.

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