Jun 172013
 June 17, 2013
Marijuana Legalization Initiatives Gear Up In Three States

By Phillip Smith The race to be the next state to legalize marijuana at the ballot box is on. Activists in three states — Alaska, Arizona, and Oregon — have taken initial steps to get the issue before the voters during the 2014 general election. In Alaska, Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell last Friday certified a ballot initiative application that would legalize the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana by adults. Backed by the Marijuana Policy Project, the initiative would also set up a system of taxed and regulated marijuana commerce. Adults could grow up to six marijuana plants for their personal use.

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May 152013
 May 15, 2013
Poll: 56% Support For Legalizing Marijuana In Arizona

Recent nationwide polls have shown that a majority of all Americans support marijuana legalization. Survey data released this week by Behavior Research Center shows even stronger support at the state level in Arizona. Behavior Research Center asked respondents whether or not they favored or opposed legalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use, 56% responded they favored the idea and only 37% were opposed. Marijuana legalization had support from all age groups, across all counties and with both Democrats and Independents. Commenting on the results, Behavior Research Center stated: “It is perhaps ironic that as support for same-sex marriage and

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May 082013
 May 8, 2013
Arizona Governor Signs Law Allowing Marijuana Research On College Campuses

Governor Jan Brewer officially signed legislation in Arizona, approving it into law, which would allow colleges in the state to conduct marijuana research. The state’s House and Senate approved the measure last month. The bill would remove a provision that was placed in a piece of 2012 legislation which banned all marijuana from college campuses, even if the marijuana was possessed or consumed by a qualifying patient in the state, or was being used for scientific research. The measure’s importance is exemplified by the fact that physician Sue Sisley of the University of Arizona received federal approval in 2011 to study the

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Apr 142013
 April 14, 2013
Attend The Arizona 420 Festival And Growers Cup Championship

This will be Arizona’s FIRST and LARGEST, “PRO MMJ USE” event!! 60 HOURS of non-stop PRO MMJ Entertainment!! * LIVE GLASS BLOWING * FOOD * LIVE ART * TATTOO ARTISTS * RAFFLES * MASSAGE THERAPISTS * GUEST SPEAKERS; CULTIVATION,LEGAL,MEDICAL,SCIENCE, * VENDORS * MINI FARMER’S MARKET * LIVE DJ’S * CONCERTS *ON-SITE DOCTORS *AND MUCH MORE TBA!! *DISPENSARIES HOLDING A JOB FAIR! The 4/20 weekend will be a 3-day festival where the top 10 from every category will compete for the championship!! New Times Best of Phoenix Property 6 will be playing an intimate acoustic set at the first event, jamming

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Apr 142013
 April 14, 2013
Arizona Bill Would Shut Down Dispensaries

State Senator Kimberly Yee said she would amend her medical marijuana labeling bill — SB 1440 — so that a first-time violation would result in the permanent closure of legal dispensaries. This is one of many problems with the bill. This didn’t occur, and the future of medical marijuana is in jeopardy. If you are an Arizona resident, please write your legislators today. SB 1440 is billed as a way to label medical marijuana edibles so they won’t fall into the hands of children. That’s a great idea, and we support it. However, the rules are vague, and the bill contains a one strike

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Mar 242013
 March 24, 2013
Attend National Cannabis Industry Association's Upcoming Arizona Educational Series Event

Register today for National Cannabis Industry Association’s (NCIA) upcoming Arizona Educational Series Event exploring the latest in state and federal policies impacting your business. This informative event will feature a panel of experts sharing the latest news, networking opportunities, heavy appetizers, and a cash bar. NCIA member businesses can register up to two attendees for complimentary tickets; nonmembers are welcome to attend by registering with a $50 donation fee per ticket. All ticket and sponsorship proceeds support the work of the National Cannabis Industry Association, the only national organization advocating on behalf of cannabis businesses at the federal level. Panel: 7:00 to

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Mar 092013
 March 9, 2013
Arizona 420 Festival And Grower's Cup Championship

Phoenix, Arizona – Arizona Vapor Lounge will present the 2013 Arizona Grower’s Cup & 420 Festival, taking place at 502 W Camelback Rd. in Phoenix on 4-19-2013 thru 4-21-2013, and featuring The 2 Live Crew!, CL McSpadden, Hannibal Lec, The Insects, Property 6, Bionic Jive, B Side, The Commission, DJ Soulman, DJ Kevin Brown, and many more still to be announced. Arizona Vapor Lounge is proud to bring the 2013 Grower’s Cup & AZ 420 Festival to Phoenix for its “PRO MMJ USE” debut at the Camelback Sahara Hotel. The 2013 Grower’s Cup and 420 Festival will also include: 60+

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Jan 252013
 January 25, 2013
Help Arizona Patients Protect Their Medical Marijuana Program

After cannabis prohibitionists are defeated at the ballot box, sometimes you may have to defeat them again.  And again.  In Arizona, the rights of patients are under attack as Republican Representative John Kavanagh is proposing the repeal of the Arizona medical marijuana program established after a hard-fought campaign in 2010.  As usual, the prohibitionists don’t have the facts and science on their side and, in turn, promote a policy that actually puts people’s lives in danger.  The Republican state legislator is concerned that so many qualified patients have chronic pain, a diagnosis that may be hard to disprove, according to the

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Jan 142013
 January 14, 2013
Majority Of Arizonians Want Marijuana Regulated Like Alcohol

by Erik Altieri, NORML A poll released today, commissioned by the National Cannabis Industry Association and conducted by Public Policy Polling, found that a majority of Arizona residents would vote “yes” on an initiative to regulate marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol. When asked, “If an initiative appeared on a future ballot in Arizona, proposing that marijuana be regulated in a manner similar to alcohol and sold to adults 21 years of age or older in state licensed stores, would you vote ‘yes’ in favor of this initiative or ‘no’ against this initiative?” – 59% stated they would vote

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Jan 062013
 January 6, 2013
Arizona Rep. John Kavanagh Wants More Teens To Use Marijuana

By Romain Bonilla Some men just want to watch the world burn. Arizona lawmaker John Kavanagh goes further than that: he wants to see more teenagers burn. In 2010, Arizona voters approved Proposition 203, which established a medical marijuana program through which qualified patients could access cannabis-based medicines. Reforming marijuana policy in the state not only provided sick people with an effective remedy, but also led to a decrease in the rates of marijuana use among teenagers, according to a report by the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission. While teen marijuana use increased from 2008 to 2010, this trend was reversed

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