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Total tax revenues for medical and recreational sales for August were weighed in at about $20.5 million.

Arizona’s cannabis marketplace suffered a loss of nearly $7 million in August - both medical marijuana and recreational sales dropped about $3.5 million each from the previous month - yet despite the overall reduction, total sales passed $980 million the first eight months of 2022. Read more»

Since recreational sales began in January 2021, cannabis suppliers in the state have sold nearly $3.3 billion in product: medical accounts for about $1.1 billion and recreational is slightly less than $1.2 billion.

Arizona’s recreational marijuana marketplace has remained robust while the medical marijuana market continued its slide into irrelevance, according to the most recent reports by the Arizona Department of Revenue and Arizona Department of Health Services. Read more»

Since cannabis remains illegal in federal law, most applicants have limited — if any — access to capital through banks. Instead, they must rely on forming partnerships to finance their ventures and to help navigate the political and regulatory landscape.

Arizona’s social equity ownership program is intended to right the wrongs caused by marijuana prohibition during the decades-long war on drugs, and one of the 26 winners of marijuana establishment licenses is intent on making "community-based changes" to the marijuana industry. Read more»

Adult-use and recreational sales have overtaken medical marijuana, as cardholders abandon certifications and established businesses wrestle with the need to change with the times. Read more»

Year-to-date, the recreational excise tax has brought $177.3 million into the state’s tax coffers.

Medical marijuana sales in Arizona continue to crater as recreational sales remain robust, with sales of medical cannabis at slightly less than $45 million in May - while estimates from tax collectors peg recreational sales at $76.5 million. Read more»

Workers at the Curaleaf Midtown dispensary in Phoenix are the first cannabis workers to unionize in Arizona, and they're part of a burgeoning movement in the cannabis industry to fight for workers' rights.

Unionization for workers in the cannabis industry is gathering steam in Arizona, as budtenders at the Curaleaf Dispensary in midtown Phoenix recently voted to unionize, while workers at several other dispensaries are poised to vote on the issue within the next few weeks. Read more»

While medical sales continue to decline, tax revenues for recreational sales are robust.

Cannabis sales in Arizona continue to be robust overall, thanks to the continued explosion of recreational sales - but as adult-use recreational sales are increasing, medical marijuana totals are in a free-fall that began last year. Read more»

Problems with the medical marijuana fund can have adverse effects on consumers and cannabis advocates working to enact policy that benefits adult cannabis users and patients.

The Arizona Department of Health Services has yet to enact needed changes to how it manages the state’s medical marijuana fund state auditors recommended three years ago that address the misallocation of funds used to pay salaries in the department. Read more»

An aerial photo of Rosemont's new effort to dump tailings and other rock waste into dry streams along the west-side of the Santa Rita Mountains.

The 15-year struggle over proposed mining activities in the Santa Rita Mountains continued to play out in June, as Toronto-based Hudbay Minerals, the Biden Administration and environmental groups continue to engage in legal wrangling and shifting priorities. Read more»

According to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee, marijuana taxes in March totaled more than the state’s tobacco and liquor taxes combined.

Medical marijuana sales in Arizona continued to slide in March, dropping for the fifth consecutive month as recreational cannabis sales soared to new heights after a small lull in January 2022, going up at least $2 million per month in February and March. Read more»

Across the country, attitudes toward cannabis are becoming more permissive and accepting, but partisan gridlock in Congress virtually ensures that legislation to decriminalize marijuana will languish and die in the U.S. Senate. Read more»

Medical cannabis sales dropped by about $4 million from January to February this year, while adult-use recreational gained a little more than $1 million, as sales statewide continue to lag behind a robust end-of-year surge in recreational sales in 2021. Read more»

Tax dollars continue to roll in, despite the month-to-month dip in sales, with nearly $21.5 million in revenue collected from an excise tax on recreational cannabis and sales taxes on both programs.

The stream of money raining down in Arizona from cannabis sales abated slightly in the first month of 2022, with recreational and medical sales dropping to a combined $115 million - the lowest total sales revenue since the first full month of sales for recreational use. Read more»

State sales tax collection consisted of roughly $50 million generated from the recreational program and more than $63 million from medical sales.

Arizona adults spent slightly more than $2 billion on marijuana, with the recreational market bringing in nearly $594 million - despite sales beginning on Jan. 22, 2021 - and the well-established medical market that has been in existence for a decade recorded $758 million in sales in 2021. Read more»

Santa Rita Mountains, about 40 miles south of Tucson, one of five 'Madrean sky islands,' in the region. The proposed Rosemont mine is located on the east side of the mountain range.

Despite widespread resistance from the city of Tucson, Pima County, multiple environmental groups and Indigenous tribes throughout Southern Arizona, Canadian-based Hudbay Minerals continues to push its Rosemont Mine project through roadblocks hoping to get final approval. Read more»

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