Arizona

Fri
05
Jun

Poll shows AZ voters approve recreational marijuana, medical research

The latest Rocky Mountain Poll shows slightly more than half of Arizona voters favor legalizing marijuana for recreational use, and 80 percent support its use for research.

It's a controversial drug that one local doctor says has been labeled "schedule one" for no reason. Marijuana has been deemed medically useless without any scientific evidence.

The latest Rocky Mountain Poll, released Wednesday, shows slightly more than half of Arizona voters favor legalizing marijuana for recreational use.

The same study show an 83 percent supports to allow Arizona's universities to conduct medical research on marijuana in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Fri
05
Jun

Should medical marijuana cards be allowed as a DUI defense?

Arizona is one of the 23 states in the nation that has legalized medical marijuana use, but how far does that law go?

KTAR News 92.3 FM's legal analyst Monica Lindstrom spoke with Mac and Gaydos Thursday about whether or not the presence of a medical marijuana card should be used as a defense in court.

The Arizona Supreme Court recently announced they will review an appeals court decision that said drivers found with marijuana in their system can be prosecuted under the law -- even if they possess a medical marijuana card.

"I think that we're going to see the law change to allow (medical marijuana cards) to be (used as a DUI defense)," Lindstrom said. "I don't think it will happen anytime soon, but down the road we're going to see that."

Thu
04
Jun

Medical marijuana cards should be allowed as defense in DUI cases

The Arizona Supreme Court recently agreed to review an appeals court decision that decided drivers who have medical marijuana cards can be prosecuted for driving under the influence if they’re found to have marijuana in their system.

In two cases, defendants who had medical marijuana cards argued they should be able to use their medical marijuana cards as defense like other prescription drugs are used.  But, the District One appeals court disagreed.

Sun
31
May

Arizona: Marijuana the focus of June 4 roundtable discussion

PHOENIX — Marijuana — a potential 2016 ballot initiative regarding its proposed legalization — will be the focus of a June 4 roundtable discussion hosted by Morrison Institute for Public Policy.

Marijuana presently is legal in Arizona if prescribed by a doctor for medicinal purposes only. The roundtable panel will discuss the current status of legal medical marijuana in Arizona and explore questions surrounding potential future legalization of recreational marijuana.

Thu
28
May

Marijuana researcher being denied opportunity to lecture at Phoenix VA

PHOENIX -- Phoenix Veterans Affairs officials are blocking an Arizona-based medical marijuana researcher from giving a lecture to health care providers at the facility.

Dr. Sue Sisley has requested permission on multiple occasions to give a so-called Grand Rounds Lecture at the Phoenix VA.

During the lecture, Sisley said she would have an opportunity to explain the details of her study of the effects of marijuana on veterans with PTSD to the facility's medical staff.

"They have the golden opportunity to refer military veterans to a federally legal study," Sisley said of why she wants to deliver the lecture.

When asked why Sisley has not been allowed a Grand Rounds Lecture, Phoenix VA Director Glen Grippen said, "She has already done that."

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.

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