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Arizonans spent more than $2 billion on cannabis in 2021

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»

Critics say 'social equity' marijuana licenses will just make cannabis giants richer

The final licenses to sell marijuana in Arizona are set to be given out through the social equity program - but the reality is that bureaucratic hurdles, corporate greed and a rapidly consolidating marijuana market will drive those profits directly into the hands of large companies.... Read more»

26 marijuana dispensary licenses available through Arizona equity program

A new marijuana social equity program in Arizona will allow minorities, low-level marijuana offenders and others affected by the lengthy war on drugs to purchase one of 26 licenses available to qualified candidates. ... Read more»

MMA with a twist of cannabis: Combat sport meets marijuana at Arizona RUF, Puff & Rumble event

On the heels of the Arizona State Boxing & MMA commission allowing fighters to consume marijuana freely until fight day, promoter RUF 44 hosted “RUF, Puff & Rumble at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, the first time the two industries have collided in the Valley.... Read more»

First sale of legal recreational marijuana sparks lines in Tucson

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

What happens before recreational marijuana becomes legal in Az?

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»

Arizona legalizes recreational marijuana, but shops can't stock it yet

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»

Arizona voters legalize recreational marijuana

Four years after Arizona voters rejected an attempt to legalize recreational marijuana, they appear to have reversed course and approved a revised measure that will allow anyone older than 21 to legally purchase and use marijuana beginning next year.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Red shift, blue shift: Things to watch for on election night & what not to dwell on

Cool your jets. Even if 100 percent of votes are counted tonight and if (massive "if") Democrats win everything, we won’t know what color Arizona is for maybe 10 to 12 years. It might just be the kind of mirage we've seen before. ... Read more»

Arizona voters get new shot at legalizing recreational pot

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

Arizona Supreme Court says Invest in Ed will be on November’s ballot

The Arizona Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that voters in November will get the chance to decide whether to tax wealthy Arizonans to provide more funding to public schools, overturning a lower court that earlier tossed the Invest in Education Act after concluding that organizers crafted a misleading summary of the measure.... Read more»

In reprise of 2018 ruling, judge boots tax hike for education off ballot

For the second time in as many election cycles, a judge has barred from the ballot a citizen initiative that seeks to increase funding for K-12 education by hiking income taxes for higher earning Arizonans, ruling that the campaign omitted critical information from a brief description on the petitions they circulated.... Read more»

Supreme Court’s 'InvestInEd' ruling breaks no new ground, stokes political feuds

Eight weeks after it ordered the #InvestInEd school-funding tax initiative pulled from this fall’s ballot, the Arizona Supreme Court explained its 5-2 ruling Friday in a 23-page opinion that critics blasted as “a very political decision.”... Read more»