Jan 272015
 January 27, 2015
Seven States That Are Next In Line To Legalize Marijuana

By Phillip Smith During a series of YouTube interviews Thursday, President Obama demonstrated a remarkably laissez-faire attitude toward marijuana legalization experiments in the states. And he signaled strongly that the Obama administration wouldn’t be taking to the hustings to try to beat back legalization efforts, as previous administrations had been wont to do. “What you’re seeing now is Colorado, Washington through state referenda, they’re experimenting with legal marijuana,” the president said in response to a question from YouTube host Hank Green. “The position of my administration has been that we still have federal laws that classify marijuana as an illegal

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Jan 212015
 January 21, 2015
Arizona Medical Marijuana Sales Tripled In 2014

The medical marijuana industry is booming in states that allow sales of medical marijuana, especially in Arizona. The numbers are in for 2014, and it’s clear that Arizona’s medical marijuana industry had it’s biggest year to date. Sales of medical marijuana in Arizona tripled last year. Per the Arizona Daily Star: The Arizona Department of Health Services says dispensaries sold more than nine metric tons (about 10 U.S. tons) of marijuana in 2014 for an estimated gross revenue of about $110 million. There were 1.4 million individual sales in 2014 (among the 55,000 patients), with an average of 26 transactions

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Jan 132015
 January 13, 2015
Arizona State Capitol Protest Calls For Marijuana Legalization

There is a significant effort underway in Arizona to legalize marijuana, both via an initiative and at the Arizona Legislature. Arizona has a great chance of legalizing marijuana during the 2016 Election, and possibly before via the Arizona Legislature. A protest was held this week to in an effort to show Arizona lawmakers that such an idea has strong support from voters. Per AZ Central: The protest organized by the advocacy group Safer Arizona was one of many planned for the first day of the 2015 Legislative session. Demonstrators in coordinated garb held signs with phrases such as “Free the

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Dec 292014
 December 29, 2014
Hemp Legalization Initiative In Arizona Begins

Hemp is a very versatile plant. Once upon a time in America, hemp grew all over the place, and was used for many things including clothing, rope, and paper. Numerous states have passed some form of hemp reform and a shift in federal enforcement policies have opened the door for more states to pursue hemp if they desire and follow certain rules. Of course, federal enforcement policy could change back at any time, so full federal reform should still be pursued, but these are pretty amazing times in the world of hemp policy. An initiative has started in Arizona that

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Dec 082014
 December 8, 2014
How Many Medical Marijuana Patients Are There In Arizona?

I was recently asked by a reader ‘how many medical marijuana patients are there in Arizona?’ The question came up in an e-mail exchange that involved Arizona’s chances of legalizing marijuana in 2016, which by the way I think the chances are very strong. The State of Arizona releases an annual statistical report about its medical marijuana program, will on being issued very recently that included the number of patients. Per Main Street: The report reveals that during the state’s fiscal year, July 2013 to June 2014, there were a total of 52,374 active cardholders. This included 51,783 qualifying patients

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Dec 032014
 December 3, 2014
How Much Money Would Arizona Make From Legalizing Marijuana?

There are many reasons why marijuana should be legalized in Arizona. For starters, no one should be arrested and/or convicted for marijuana possession. Law enforcement should be focused on catching real criminals, not busting marijuana users. That moral reason should be enough. But if it’s not, another reason is that legalizing, taxing, and regulating marijuana in Arizona would generate a lot of revenue for the state. Per the Phoenix New Times: Arizona could generate an additional $48 million in revenue each year by legalizing and taxing marijuana, an analysis by the State Legislature shows. The Joint Legislative Budget Committee produced

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Oct 142014
 October 14, 2014
Will Arizona Legalize Marijuana In 2016?

Arizona is on my list of states that have a great chance of legalizing marijuana in 2016. The Marijuana Policy Project recently announced that they are ramping up efforts there. If Oregon, Alaska, and Washington D.C. can approved marijuana legalization next month during the 2014 Election, it would increase the chances for other states to follow suit in 2016 such as Arizona. At least one Arizona lawmaker wants to introduce a marijuana legalization bill next session. Per The Joint Blog: Arizona State Representative Ethan Orr, a Republican, has announced that he will file a proposal to legalize cannabis early next

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Jul 132014
 July 13, 2014
Medical Marijuana For PTSD In Arizona Approved

One of the conditions that would most benefit from the effects of marijuana is PTSD. Post traumatic stress disorder effects many of the people who are whisked overseas and fight for our freedoms… Which should include the freedom of getting the best medicine possible when they return from duty. However, that’s not the case most of the time. Instead, the vets get told that they are not allowed to use a natural medicine like marijuana but instead are fed Vicodin and morphine. When vets ask for the plant, they are scorned at the VA hospital, being told that no, marijuana

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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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