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Most states legalizing pot growing have yet to grapple with power demand

States legalizing cannabis so far have done little to limit or even track the huge amounts of energy needed to grow it indoors. ... Read more»

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Arizona justices find cannabis extracts legal for medical pot patients

The Arizona Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that state law protects the manufacture and use of cannabis concentrates, not just the plant itself. ... Read more»

Legal pot bid tanks before filing deadline

Another attempt to legalize recreational marijuana in Arizona went up in smoke Thursday when Safer Arizona missed the 5 p.m. deadline to file petitions to get on the Nov. 6 ballot.... Read more»

Az medical-marijuana marketing moves more mainstream

The industry’s marketing efforts have matured since Arizona voters legalized marijuana for medical use in 2010, industry experts said. In addition to introducing “softer” terms to describe their products, dispensaries now offer such conveniences as online ordering and delivery.... Read more»

Bill would limit marketing, publishing info about medical-marijuana dispensaries

Medical-marijuana businesses and advocates oppose a bill from a Mesa Republican that would make it a felony to publish unverified information about dispensaries, saying it’s an effort to block business.... Read more»

Legal marijuana still faces rocky road, despite budding support

Ask advocates of marijuana legalization how their cause fared during the 2017 state legislative sessions and they'll tell you that though the gains were incremental, they're hopeful that several legislatures will eventually make possession and sale of the federally prohibited drug legal. ... Read more»

Despite loss in Az, recreational pot backers upbeat about future

Of five states with recreational marijuana on the ballot this fall, Arizona was the only state where the initiative failed, after supporters ran into a well-funded opposition campaign backed by political heavyweights. But that hasn’t stopped advocates from looking ahead and predicting legalization... Read more»

Prop. 205

Arizona voters snuff out measure to legalize recreational marijuana

Proposition 205, a measure that would have legalized recreational marijuana use for Arizona adults, was defeated at the polls on Tuesday, with a 52-48 margin.... Read more»

Will Prop. 205 make it easier for Arizona vets to treat their PTSD with pot?

While several veterans interviewed support researching the medical effects of marijuana for PTSD treatment, they have mixed feelings about Prop. 205, which would legalize recreational pot use in Arizona.... Read more»

Hemp may be next gold mine for Native American tribes

Under U.S. law, hemp can be grown only for research, with a permit from the DEA. But in 2014 the Justice Department agreed that tribes can set cannabis-related laws just as states can. Native American-owned CannaNative LLC said on Monday it was in final talks with the Navajo Nation, the largest federally recognized tribe, to grow industrial hemp. ... Read more»

CDC: Adults more likely to smoke marijuana than teens

A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicated that middle-aged parents are more likely to smoke marijuana than their teenage children.... Read more»

What the Devil Won't Tell You

Money and power drive DEA pot ruling

One of the challenges facing the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol is to convince recreational drinkers that recreational toking is somehow a moral equivalent. It's not. Americans are better served in edge-abatement by somebody sparking up a joint than that guy slamming down the eighth shot of Jägermeister.... Read more»

U.S. prosecutors dealt setback in medical marijuana cases

The U.S. Department of Justice cannot spend money to prosecute federal marijuana cases if the defendants comply with state guidelines that permit the drug's sale for medical purposes, a federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday. ... Read more»

As states OK medical marijuana laws, doctors struggle with knowledge gap

As the number of states allowing medical marijuana grows, some are working to address this knowledge gap with physician training programs. States are beginning to require doctors to take continuing medical education courses that detail how marijuana interacts with the nervous system and other medications, as well as its side effects.... Read more»

U.S. DEA denies petition to reclassify marijuana

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration on Thursday denied requests to loosen the classification of marijuana as a dangerous drug with no medical use. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Figuring out how time works proving hard for Arizona politicos

Civic-minded folks on both sides of the political divide suddenly seem shocked that April can turn into July in just three months and get whipsawed by the year 2016 preceding 2017. The technology isn't Tinder. It's Stonehenge. And that's why a couple of initiatives won't be on this year's ballot.... Read more»2

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