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14 states, including Arizona, were penalized on their report cards this year for giving regulatory preference to adult-use cannabis operations.

A report from a patient advocacy group found the future of medical cannabis in the states is hazy unless costs are decreased, product safety standards are improved, and civil rights are strengthened for patients and prescribers. Read more»

Pima County public defenders are offering free legal clinics to help people with certain criminal records seal those cases from public view. The first clinic will start Tuesday with two following in late February and March. Read more»

The medical market has continued to bleed both sales and participants, following a trend that has legalized adult-use cannabis years after establishing medical cannabis markets.

For the eighth straight month, and the eleventh time in the past year, Arizona medical marijuana sales dropped from the month prior - clocking in at about $31 million in October 2022 - while adult-use cannabis sales hit a new high in the same month, with more than $85.4 million. Read more»

As 2022 winds down, the Tucson City Council picks up the pace to address issues on deadline.

The city manager is asking Tucson to fully subsidize public transit for another six months while searching for a permanent funding source. Plus more in local government meetings this week. Read more»

Cultivation and production of cannabis as a crop are not about to rival the 5 C’s: cattle, cotton, copper, citrus and climate.

Sales of marijuana in Arizona soared to $1.6 billion in 2021, just one year after recreational pot was legalized in the state, making Arizona second only to California for retail sales that year. Read more»

The explosion of the marijuana market in 2021 is considered an anomaly due to the effects of COVID-19 and partially attributed to the initial excitement consumers felt by the passage in 2000 of Proposition 207 legalizing recreational marijuana.

Arizona cannabis sales continued to decline in September, but dispensary owners say it is not an unexpected phenomenon and the market will continue to mature as it withstands a worldwide recession on the heels of a global pandemic. Read more»

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»

Among the groups calling for the Biden administration to move more quickly on the expungement of cannabis possession convictions were former inmates who had been convicted on the charge.

Students from across the country rallied outside the White House Monday to demand that President Joe Biden deliver on a campaign promise to release prisoners convicted of marijuana possession. 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»

Civil rights organizations and researchers have shown that charges for marijuana possession disproportionately affect Black and brown communities.

President Joe Biden on Thursday announced executive actions that would pardon thousands of people with prior federal offenses of simple marijuana possession and said he plans to call on governors to follow suit with state offenses related to simple marijuana possession. 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»

Products that contain delta-8 THC are sold online and at bars and retailers across much of the U.S., including some places where pot remains illegal.

At least a dozen states, some which have legalized marijuana, have banned hemp-derived delta-8 — typically produced by dissolving CBD in solvents — with national poison control centers receiving more than 2,300 delta-8 cases. Read more»

Kyle Turley, Eben Britton and Jim McMahon took a tour of the Mint Dispensary in Tempe, Arizona recently. The former NFL players are co-owners of a local dispensary, Revenant, and promote cannabis as a healthy alternative to pharmaceuticals.

Current and former athletes have been at the forefront of the push to allow the use of cannabis, and three former NFL players created a company that could encapsulate their stories and offer healthy cannabinoid alternatives. 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»

Last year, marijuana and hallucinogen use by young adults aged 19 to 30 increased significantly compared to five and 10 years ago - reaching record levels - and more than 1 in 10 were “daily” consumers, using marijuana 20 times or more in the past 30 days. Read more»

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