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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»

A recent study published on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website appears to counter the spirit of Directive 1315, VA policy that does not allow discrimination against medical marijuana users, and the issue remains murky for vets with certifications in  states where it is legal.

Despite increasing legal access to medical and recreational cannabis in states across the U.S., veterans face unfair treatment and stigmatization because the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs refuses to recognize marijuana as a viable treatment option. Read more»

Dozens wait to enter the Harvest Dispensary to purchase marijuana under new recreational rules created by last year's Prop 207.

A crowds of eager customers lined up outside the first shop to begin selling legal recreational marijuana in Tucson on Friday. Read more»

Sales of recreational marijuana are expected to begin in early April, industry experts say. Dispensaries that sell medical marijuana are likely to be the first to get licenses for recreational sales.

Recreational use of marijuana will soon be legal in Arizona, thanks to the easy passage of Proposition 207, but economic and logistical hurdles remain before Arizonans will feel the effects. Read more»

The owners of Tucson’s Downtown Dispensary plan to apply for a recreational license in January, after the state health department writes rules for recreational retail sales.

Cannabis users in Arizona will only have to wait a couple weeks to smoke out legally under a new law passed Nov. 3, but they shouldn’t hold their breath for shops. Those are several months away. Read more»

Voting has begun on Arizona’s Proposition 207, a voter initiative that would legalize cannabis for anyone over 21. Voters are evenly split between support and opposition, a recent poll shows.

Starting with early voting Oct. 7, Arizonans began casting ballots on Proposition 207, a voter initiative that would legalize cannabis, launch a retail market, designate where taxes would go and revamp penalties for possession. Read more» 1

Medical marijuana has been legal for several years in Arizona, where past efforts to allow recreational use of the drug have failed. But a new poll says a majority of voters in the state may now approve of recreational pot use.

A House committee gave preliminary approval Wednesday to a comprehensive marijuana reform bill that would decriminalize the drug while erasing pot convictions stretching back decades. Read more»

Indoor cultivation requires nearly nonstop use of lights and various heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.

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»

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

Medical marijuana has been legal in Arizona since 2010. An initiative to legalize recreational pot was narrowly defeated in November 2016.

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»

Dispensaries usually carry many cannabis products – from flower and 'wax' to cookies and infused tea. The nearly 100 non-profits dispensaries in Arizona sold more than $340 million worth of marijuana in 2016, according to the National Cannabis Industry Association.

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»

The Nirvana Center dispensary in west Phoenix sells a variety of marijuana strains, including Hybrid Cherry.

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»

Medical marijuana on display in California, 2011.

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»

Arizona was the only state, of the five with recreational marijuana initiatives this fall, where voters rejected the measure. But marijuana advocates are already looking ahead and predicting legalization – either through a rematch at the polls or a push through the Legislature.

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»

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»

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