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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Jul 182013
 July 18, 2013
Arizona Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Thriving

Since August 2012, Arizona has seen 98 registration certificates awarded for those wanting to open medical marijuana dispensaries. Last December saw the opening of the first dispensary, Organix of Clark County, in Arizona, and 16 were reportedly open in late April 2013. However, Arizona state government has not been the industry’s biggest supporter. Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, Rep. John Kavanagh of Fountain Hills, and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery have all done their part to derail progress for medical marijuana, and you can find those details here. Luckily, the courts have supported the will of the voters against challenges to the

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Jul 152013
 July 15, 2013
Court Rules Woman Can Keep Medical Marijuana, But The Sheriff Doesn't Want To Give It Back

The Arizona Supreme Court recently ruled that a medical marijuana patient whose medicine is taken by police is entitled to get it back if the patient was determined to have been in legal possession of it at the time of the interaction. That’s what happened to California medical marijuana patient Valerie Okun, whose medicine was taken nearly two years ago near Yuma, Arizona (Arizona recognizes out of state patients). She was never prosecuted, and wanted her medicine back. The Arizona Supreme Court ruled in her favor, saying that the police need to return her medicine. Case closes right? Wrong. The

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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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