Marijuana News in Arizona and World

Nevada Dispenary Open

Hundreds of pre-registered Nevada medical marijuana cardholders visited Euphoria Wellness, the first medical marijuana dispensary in the Las Vegas area, and second dispensary in the state.

Euphoria Wellness, located at 7785 S. Jones Blvd., is south of the strip and about 7 miles southwest from McCarran International Airport.

Only six strains are currently available, but the dispensary plans to offer about 30 strains in the future. Marijuana-infused edibles, oils and tinctures will also be available in the future.

One of the dispensary’s first patients said that the pills his doctors prescribed made him lethargic. “I sat in a recliner and did nothing,” the patient remarked. He also noted that after four years with a medical marijuana card, he is happy to finally have a safe place to buy lab-tested marijuana.

Congresswoman Dina Titus said that “this movement has really picked up in the last five years.” Nevada incorporated laws and lessons learned from states like Arizona, California and Colorado that have medical marijuana laws worth replicating. “Some people would say we’re the model now,” said Titus.

One, if not more, medical marijuana dispensaries are expected to open in Las Vegas before winter. In all, Las Vegas is expected to have about 40 to 50 dispensaries.

SWCC Expo
Regional dispensary and cultivation center owners will receive free admission to the inaugural Southwest Cannabis Conference & Expo (SWCC Expo) on October 27 and 28 at the Phoenix Convention Center, according to Rory Mendoza, executive director of the first-ever cannabis convention in Arizona.

The complimentary admission tickets are provided through a partnership with MJ Freeway and event organizers and must be reserved online at SWCCExpo.com by October 15. Licensed dispensary and cultivation center owners from Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah and Southern California may qualify.

“Education and community are a cornerstone of our industry. Conferences like the Southwest Cannabis Conference & Expo help ensure all regions have access to events that foster leadership, education and community-building. MJ Freeway gladly supports the advancement of the cannabis industry through our sponsorship of these types of events. The SWCCE is special because cannabis-business owners, the heart of the industry, receive free admission to the event,” said Amy Poinsett, co-founder and CEO of MJ Freeway.

MJ Freeway is the market share leader for seed-to-sale tracking software, with patent-pending inventory control and grow management applications for cannabis businesses. The company provides industry-leading technology that efficiently delivers seamless solutions and compliance accountability for producers, processors, manufacturers, and retailers.

Attendance at the Phoenix event is expected to sell out due to Arizona’s high-profile presence throughout the country as a state to watch amid the ever-changing medical marijuana and recreational legislative environment.

Oregon Marijuana Law

The Oregon Health Authority, which regulates Oregon’s medical marijuana industry, has released draft rules that will allow medical marijuana dispensaries to sell limited amounts of recreational-use marijuana, beginning Oct. 1, 2015.

Medical marijuana dispensaries will only be allowed to sell seeds, dried leaves and flowers and non-flowering plants in limited quantities for recreational users. Also beginning on Oct. 1, adults will be able to share or give away marijuana to other adults for recreational use.

Measure 91, which will allow adults 21 or older to purchase marijuana for recreational use, will be implemented in 2016 and be regulated by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, which will regulate the production, processing, and commercial sale of marijuana.

Measure 91 will allow adults to possess up to eight ounces of marijuana in their home and up to one ounce of marijuana outside of their home, consume marijuana on private property, and grow up to four plants per residence.

National Cancer Institute Marijuana Cannabis

The National Cancer Institute (NCI), which is the federal government’s principal agency for cancer research and training, has confirmed that marijuana can kill cancer cells.

The NCI website was recently updated to say that marijuana “has been shown to kill cancer cells in the laboratory” and that “[marijuana] and cannabinoids may have benefits in treating the symptoms of cancer or the side effects of cancer therapies.” The cannabinoids they are most likely referring to are CBD and THC.

The site also makes sure to mention that marijuana is currently “not approved by the FDA for use as a cancer treatment.” But now its just a matter of time till the FDA will have to include marijuana as a credible treatment option for cancer (and other illnesses).

Now that the U.S. government’s primary institute for cancer research and training has officially confirmed that marijuana does kill cancer, and therefore has medicinal benefits, maybe the government will now move marijuana from a Schedule I drug to and Schedule II.

Arizona Recreational Marijuana

The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, a ballot initiative to legalize marijuana for adult use in Arizona, estimates that marijuana legalization would raise more than $40 million annually for Arizona’s educational system.

“Generating revenue for our schools isn’t the only reason to pass this initiative, but it’s an important one,” said Lisa Olson, a teacher in Mesa, AZ. “I support it because it will not only improve public education, but also public safety. Regulating marijuana would replace dealers on the streets with store clerks who ask for ID and only sell to adults.”

The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol initiative would enact a 15% excise tax on marijuana sales from state-licensed dispensaries for adults 21 years of age and older. A large portion of the tax revenue collected would be allocated to Arizona’s Department of Education for school construction, maintenance, and operating costs, and other programs.

“Our schools are in serious need of funding, and taxing marijuana would create a significant new revenue stream,” said State Sen. Martin Quezada. “Marijuana sales are going to keep taking place regardless of whether this initiative passes or fails. But only if it passes will they raise tens of millions of dollars each year for public education in Arizona.”

To date, the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol initiative has gathered approximately 60,000 signatures and needs 150,000 by July 2016 to get the initiative onto the November 2016 ballot where Arizonans can vote on the initiative.

Florida Marijuana Law

Lawmakers in Miami Beach have passed a new law that allows police to give a $100 citation to persons possessing under 20 grams of marijuana, instead of arresting and sending them to jail.

The Miami Beach Mayor mentioned: “We don’t want marijuana smoking on the streets. That’s still illegal. It’s illegal to distribute or sell any marijuana or anything like that. But if someone’s caught with under 20 grams, we don’t want to ruin their lives.”

Florida law states that possession of 20 grams or less of marijuana is a misdemeanor and punishable by up to one year in prison with fines up to $1,000.

The Miami Beach Police Department believes the new law will save the city roughly $40,000 in associated costs from arrests and prosecutions for simple marijuana possession cases.

Silver State Relief Nevada Dispensary

A Nevada medical marijuana cardholder has brought a federal class action lawsuit against Nevada, the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), and the governor.

The cardholder claims that Nevada was requiring Nevadans to get certified for a medical marijuana card yet forced them to buy marijuana from the black market because dispensaries weren’t open. He claims this constitutes as fraud, unjust enrichment, unequal taxation and violation of equal protections.

Nevada “engaged in fraud by collecting fees and issuing registration cards when they had not licensed nor had they planned on licensing dispensaries during the time covered by the cards,” stated the cardholder. He further noted that aside from growing one’s own marijuana, the state provided no way for patients to get marijuana other than “from the local street corner drug dealer,” until 2013, when it enacted laws to license and regulate medical marijuana dispensaries.

The first Nevada dispensary, Silver State Relief, recently opened outside of Reno and is limiting cardholders to less than 1 oz. purchases due to limited supply.

Nevada is nearing 10,000 medical marijuana cardholders and the state has reciprocity with other states that issue medical marijuana cards.

Marijuana Sleep

According to a study published in the journal, Addictive Behaviors, sufferers of sleep disorders can find relief with marijuana.

Investigators from John Hopkins University in Baltimore, the University of California at Berkeley, and the National Center for PTSD studied marijuana strains and cannabinoid concentrations among medical marijuana users who reported using marijuana to overcome their sleep problems.

Researchers found that marijuana may help with sleep disorders, that participants who consumed marijuana for nightmares preferred sativa marijuana strains to indicas, and those who consumed marijuana for insomnia were more likely to consume marijuana strains with higher levels of cannabidiol (CBD) compared to those who did not.

It was found that people who were less likely to use sleep medications were more likely to use marijuana with higher THC concentrations versus those who used sleep medications more frequently.

OH Marijuana

Ohio citizens will be voting on recreational and medical marijuana legalization measures on their ballot in November 2015.

The Marijuana Legalization Amendment would allow adults 21 or over to purchase marijuana for medicinal or recreational use and to grow four plants for personal use. A network of 10 authorized cultivation locations will be approved around the state.

The group that worked on getting the measure onto the ballot, ResponsibleOhio, collected more than enough signatures to get on the November 2015 ballot. Ultimately, they submitted over 700,000 signatures to place the measure on the ballot, needing only 305,591 valid signatures to qualify

“It’s time for marijuana legalization in Ohio, and voters will have the opportunity to make it happen this November. We couldn’t be more excited,” said a ResponsibleOhio spokesperson. “Drug dealers don’t care about doing what’s best for our state and its citizens. By reforming marijuana laws in November, we’ll provide compassionate care to sick Ohioans, bring money back to our local communities and establish a new industry with limitless economic development opportunities.”

Marijuana Legalization

The legalization of marijuana for recreational use has been very successful in Colorado and Washington state. State tax revenues have increased, housing markets have improved, teen marijuana use rates have not increased, crime has decreased, and the black market drug industry has decreased.

U.S. citizens are witnessing the amazing societal benefits from marijuana legalization and are creating initiatives to get marijuana legalized in their states. Listed below are the most current efforts to legalize marijuana on a state-level.

Arizona

– Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol will legalize possession of an ounce of flowers and 5 grams of concentrates, home cultivation of six mature plants per adult and a max of 12 per household plus possession of the harvests, but landlords could prohibit cultivation on their properties and localities can ban home growing altogether. Marijuana will be taxed at 15 percent. The proposal is backed by the Marijuana Policy Project.

– Arizonans for Mindful Regulation (AZFMR) will legalize possession of an ounce of flowers and an ounce of concentrates, home cultivation of twelve mature plants per adult plus possession of the harvests, but landlords could prohibit cultivation on their properties. Localities could not ban home growing. Most marijuana crimes below a half-pound or 100 plants are reduced to misdemeanors. Marijuana metabolites in their urine can no longer be used to fire employees or convict DUIs. Marijuana will be taxed at 10 percent.

California

– Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform (ReformCA) has not put forth initiative language yet, but has hired political consultants Joe Trippi and Jim Gonzalez, as well as the company Progressive Campaigns Inc. to handle the gathering of petition signatures. ReformCA is backed by or working with all the major national marijuana reform groups.

– Community Restoration Act to Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis (CRA) has been filed by Alice Huffman of the California NAACP. It may be more conservative than what ReformCA will propose, offering just one ounce of possession in public and a 25 square foot garden, from which adults may possess all their harvest at home.

– Compassionate and Sensible Access Act (CSA) amends California medical marijuana law to end the practice of local bans on medical cultivation and dispensary access.

– California Cannabis Hemp Initiative (CCHI) will allow adults to cultivate 99 mature plants and possess 12 pounds of useable marijuana, free non-violent marijuana prisoners, open up tax-free statewide access to medical marijuana, end workplace drug testing for marijuana metabolites, and establish industrial hemp production and commercial marijuana with a 10 percent cap on taxes.

– California Artisan Cannabis Initiative (CACI) places no limit on how much useable cannabis a person could possess, but does limit a personal garden to six cannabis plants. This initiative takes great care in providing for “craft cannabis” growers who are producing fewer than 100 plants.

– California Bipartisan Decriminalization of Cannabis Act (CBDCA) proposes that adults 21 and older be allowed five pounds of marijuana, a pound of concentrate, and a 500 square foot personal garden. All medical dispensaries will become recreational shops with a 15 percent excise tax and localities could not ban them.

– Marijuana Control, Legalization and Revenue Act (MCLR) seems to place no limit on how much cannabis one can possess and cultivate, leaving that to be determined by a Cannabis Control Commission set up by the initiative.

– Responsible Use Act (RUA) will allow 1.5 pounds and 12 mature plants. Like CBDCA, RUA will make all medical dispensaries become recreational shops and forbid local bans, but the tax will be $8 per ounce plus up to a 2 percent local tax.

– Right to Medical Marijuana Act (RMMA) adds a simple statement to the California Constitution that “any resident, having obtained the age of 18 years has the right to grow, own, purchase, and obtain a permit from the State to sell organic marijuana for medical use, without a licensed physician’s recommendation or prescription.”

Florida

– People United for Medical Marijuana (PUFMM) is the second attempt by attorney John Morgan and the United for Care Campaign to place a constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana in the state of Florida. The 2014 effort got 58 percent of the vote, but needed 60 to win. The amendment will not allow patients to home grow, but will allow access to whole-plant medical marijuana.

Maine

– Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol will legalize possession of one ounce and cultivation of 6 plants. The Alcohol Bureau will regulate the commercial marijuana market, consisting of adult use social clubs and 70 initial retail stores run by a majority of Maine residents, subject to a 10 percent tax on top of standard sales tax. The proposal is backed by the Marijuana Policy Project.

– Legalize Maine will legalize possession of 2.5 ounces and cultivation of 6 mature plants, 12 immature plants, and unlimited seedlings. The Dept. of Agriculture will regulate the commercial marijuana market, consisting of adult use social clubs and unlimited retail stores with preference given to medical marijuana caregivers and dispensaries, subject to a 10 percent flat sales tax.

Massachusetts

– Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol is backed by the Marijuana Policy Project, but has yet to disclose any details of their initiative.

– Bay State Repeal proposes to legalize marijuana farmer’s markets and cannabis cafés, and protects marijuana farmers and marijuana retailers from any restrictions not made on other farmers and alcohol retailers. Its marijuana laws will be made retroactive for people previously convicted of marijuana crimes, to help reduce fines and sentences. Personal possession and home cultivation are made legal with no specific limits.

Michigan

– Comprehensive Cannabis Law Reform Initiative Committee will allow cultivation of 12 plants over 12″ tall and unlimited plants under 12″ and possessing the results of the harvests. Gifting of up to 2.5 ounces to other adults is allowed. Commercial marijuana will be available and subject to a 10 percent tax.

– Michigan Cannabis Coalition (MICannabis) will legalize home cultivation of marijuana with a maximum of two plants in flower, though localities could ban home cultivation or raise the limit to four flowering plants. Adults could share any of their homegrown marijuana with other adults. A commercial system of retail marijuana will exist with taxes yet to be determined.

Missouri

– Show-Me Cannabis will legalize possession of 1 ounce of extracts, 12 ounces of flower, 16 ounces of edibles, 20 ounces of liquids, and cultivation of 6 marijuana plants. It will also establish a medical marijuana program and a commercial marijuana market. It will also provide a path for expungement of past marijuana criminal records.

Nevada

– Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in Nevada will legalize possession of 1 ounce of flowers and an 1/8-ounce of concentrates and cultivation of 6 marijuana plants per adult with a max of 12 per household, and to possess the results of the harvests. There will be a commercial marijuana market with a 15 percent excise tax. The proposal is backed by the Marijuana Policy Project.