Jul 132014
 July 13, 2014
Arizona Marijuana Researcher Fired, Cites Political Retaliation

By Morgan Fox University of Arizona professor and leading medical marijuana researcher Dr. Sue Sisley was fired from her position at the university. The University of Arizona refused to renew Dr. Sisley’s contract after advocates engaged in a contentious political struggle with state lawmakers to secure funding for her clinical study on the beneficial effects of marijuana on veterans with PTSD. Dr. Sisley cites her medical marijuana advocacy and research as the reason for her abrupt dismissal. The university’s action will significantly delay — or even end — her groundbreaking research, which had finally received almost all of the necessary federal

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Jun 092014
 June 9, 2014
Judge Orders Arizona To Add PTSD To List Of Medical Marijuana Conditions

Phoenix, AZ – After years of hard-fought efforts a coalition of patients, medical professionals, and advocates succeeded in demonstrating the medical safety and efficacy of marijuana for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to the Administrative Law Judge who heard the case. The Arizona Dept. of Health has denied all petitions submitted previously. On Wednesday, June 4, 2014 Judge Thomas Shedden issued his ruling saying that “a preponderance of evidence shows medical marijuana provides palliative benefit to those suffering from PTSD.” The decision is now in the hands of Will Humble, Director of Arizona Dept. of Health Services;  Humble has until July 9th,

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Dec 272013
 December 27, 2013
Arizona Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Sales Top $40 Million In 2013

It appears to be boom times in Arizona for medical marijuana sales. According to an article I was sent, medical marijuana sales topped forty million dollars this year. 2014 looks to be even brighter. Below is the article sent to me by my friends at azmarijuana.com: A 2013 report by the Arizona Department of Health Services has revealed that over the past 12 months Arizona dispensaries have sold approximately $40 million in marijuana (including edibles). This figure ranks Arizona in the top five largest medical marijuana markets in the United States when based on annual revenues. Currently there are 77 dispensaries operating in Arizona. That

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Nov 272013
 November 27, 2013
Arizona Proposal To Legalize Cannabis Announced

Courtesy of The Joint Blog Arizona’s Assistant House Minority Leader Ruben Gallego has announced that he will soon introduce legislation to explicitly legalize cannabis for those 21 and older.Under his proposed law, the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis, and the private cultivation of up to 5 plants, would no longer be illegal, and state-licensed retail outlets would be authorized. According to recent polling, this move is supported by 56% of those in the state. “The issue of marijuana regulation is pragmatic,” says Gallego. “Regulating marijuana takes sales off the street and puts them in a controlled environment. Ultimately, this will

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Oct 292013
 October 29, 2013
ACLU Seeks Ruling In Arizona To Protect Access To Medical Marijuana In All Forms

MARICOPA COUNTY, ARIZONA – The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Arizona filed a lawsuit Monday in the Superior Court of Arizona for Maricopa County to protect the parents of five-year-old Zander Welton from criminal prosecution for successfully treating their son’s debilitating seizures with a medical marijuana extract. The lawsuit names as defendants the state of Arizona, Gov. Janice Brewer, Maricopa County Attorney William Montgomery, the Arizona Department of Health Services and the Director of the Arizona Department of Health Services William Humble. Zander’s severe epilepsy is one symptom of his focal cortical dysplasia type 2A, a rare,

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Oct 222013
 October 22, 2013
Arizona May Soon Add PTSD As Qualifying Medical Marijuana Condition

Courtesy of The Joint Blog The Arizona Department of Health Services has scheduled a public hearing to discuss a petition which would make Arizona the 6th state in the nation to add PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) as a qualifying condition for an individual to become a medical cannabis patient. Maine, Connecticut, New Mexico, Oregon and Delaware are the other five. The petition was filed by the Greene Consulting Groupin conjunction with the Arizona Cannabis Nurses Association. The public hearing, which will hopefully lead to a vote on the issue, will be held Tuesday, October 29th in Phoenix. The meeting will take place at the Department of

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Oct 182013
 October 18, 2013
Arizona Judge Overturns County's Ban On Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Courtesy of The Joint Blog Arizona Superior Court Judge Michael Gordon has overturned a zoning ordinance in Maricopa County which, according to the judge, is a “transparent attempt” to keep medical cannabis dispensaries out of unincorporated areas of the county. The ruling came as part of a pretrial verdict in favor of White Mountain Health Center, which plans to open a dispensary in Sun City. In his verdict, Judge Gordon said that the ordinance amounts to an effective ban on dispensaries in some of the county’s cities, and noted that there is no available property in Sun City that meets the county’s requirements. Gordon

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Sep 222013
 September 22, 2013
Medical Marijuana Dispensary Owners Should Embrace Legalization

I just read an article about Arizona medical marijuana dispensary owners who were wary to support marijuana legalization efforts in their state. I was saddened to read an article like that, because I personally believe that marijuana legalization should be supported by everyone. The article I read questioned the motives of the dispensary owner’s opinions, suggesting that the medical marijuana dispensary owners didn’t want recreational outlets competing for their customers. AZCentral.Com stated in it’s article, “some other dispensary operators said they are concerned about their financial investments and question how legalizing recreational use, which could increase the number of dispensaries,

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Sep 072013
 September 7, 2013
John McCain About Marijuana - "Maybe We Should Legalize."

Yesterday the marijuana community was shocked to learn that John McCain has been talking about marijuana legalization. I know I was certainly shocked. Arizona Daily Star columnist Tim Steller, McCain stated the following comments at a town hall meeting in Arizona, “Maybe we should legalize. We’re certainly moving that way as far as marijuana is concerned. I respect the will of the people.” The comments were so simple, so rational, and so, well, so something I wouldn’t expect a veteran politician like John McCain to say. I read the comments while I was at work yesterday, and almost fell out

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Jul 272013
 July 27, 2013
Arizona Conservatives Embrace Cannabis Reform

By Doug Fine Inside Tucson’s Tumbleweeds Health Center, a dignified, top-shelf cannabis club and education center owned by two young health care professionals, Kim Williams and Dana Zygmunt, the first three members I met on a recent visit were exactly the outsider’s stereotype of Arizonans. Not Arizonan cannabis aficionados and patients. Just Arizonans. Which is to say older, politically conservative, and military-affiliated, respectively. And this explains why the Drug Peace is about to break out nationwide: the right side of the political spectrum is on the same bus as the left. Across party lines, Americans grok that the nation will

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