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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»

Nature's AZ Medicine marijuana grow facility in Amado opened in 2015 and expanded three years later.

A medical marijuana grow facility in Amado has notified Santa Cruz and Pima counties that it is laying off 103 employees. Read more»

A federal appeals court said a lower court erred when it issued a verdict in writing instead of in person, denying José Maria Nuñez-Ramirez 'the fairness, integrity, and legitimacy of the judicial proceedings' in his trial on drug-smuggling charges.

A federal appeals court ruled that the rights of a drug-smuggling defendant - found in a remote section of the Arizona desert - were violated when a district court handed down his conviction in writing and not in open court, denying him an opportunity to appear. 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»

Recreational marijuana sellers will face a lengthy process to set up shop in unincorporated Pima County after the Board of Supervisors voted last week to update zoning codes for dispensaries. Read more»

Pima County supervisors will decide on a proposed change to zoning rules to allow for marijuana dispensaries. The question is: Will the board allow public hearings/

Hard zoning or a conditional use permit? The Pima County supervisors must decide whether neighbors get a say in the location of new marijuana dispensaries. Marana is eying new impact fees and the public is invited to be heard. Read more»

Brittney Griner was arrested at an airport near Moscow after customs officials found two cannabis vape cartridges in her baggage.

The Biden administration has offered a deal to Russia to bring home Brittney Griner, a WNBA basketball player facing a trial on drug charges, and Paul Whelan, another American held in Russia, in exchange for Viktor Bout, a Russian arms trafficker. 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»

Sunday marked the 150th day since Brittney Griner’s incarceration in Russia after officials said they found the Phoenix Mercury star traveling with vape cartridges containing a banned substance (hashish oil) at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport. On Friday, Griner’s lawyer gave the Russian court a U.S. doctor’s letter that recommended her to use medical marijuana for any pain symptoms.

Sunday marked the 150th day since Phoenix Mercury star center Brittney Griner’s incarceration in a Russian jail after officials said they found vape cartridges containing a banned substance (hashish oil) at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport. 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»

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