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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»

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»

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»

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»

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»

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»

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»

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»

A line of customers on the first day of recreational marijuana sales in Tucson, in January 2021.

The city of Tucson and Pima County have launched public outreach campaigns as they prepare changes in zoning codes to allow the opening of dispensaries that sell only recreational marijuana. 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»

Acting County Administrator Jan Lesher is set to step out of the wings and take over for Chuck Huckelberry on a permanent basis.

Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry is retiring six months after a nasty bike accident. As one era ends, supervisors are set to consider making Jan Lesher a permanent replacement. 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»

Proposition 207, which voters approved in 2020 to legalize adult use of cannabis, included specific uses for taxes collected on the recreational side.

Arizona cannabis sales continued on an upward trajectory in 2021, with the Arizona Department of Revenue reporting more than $1.23 billion in combined cannabis sales through the first 11 months of the year. Read more»

In a concurring opinion, Judge Watford said that while he agrees the petitioners in this case should have pursued other remedies before seeking judicial review, he suggested the DEA’s position on cannabis may be on shaky ground the next time a truly ripe challenge comes before the court.

The 9th Circuit on Monday refused to make the federal government reconsider its position that cannabis is a dangerous drug - though one member wrote that while this case was not ripe for review, the government may soon be forced to reconsider its stance. Read more»

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