Marijuana News in Arizona and World

Washington DC Marijuana

Washington D.C. just celebrated its first anniversary of legalized recreational marijuana. Last November, D.C. implemented laws that legalized marijuana use, possession and cultivation within a person’s home, but not the retailing of marijuana.

The Metropolitan Police Department’s recently released data reveal marijuana possession arrests drastically reduced, by 99.2%, in 2015. Here is a look at marijuana possession arrests in previous years:

2011: 2346

2012: 1553

2013: 1215

2014: 895

2015: 7

“I’m not policing the city as a mom, I’m policing it as the police chief — and 70% of the public supported [legalization],” said Police Chief Cathy Lanier.

Vermont Marijuana

Lawmakers in Vermont finalized a four-page set of guidelines which will be drafted into a bill calling for marijuana legalization in the state.

The bill would allow adults older than 21 to consume, purchase and cultivate marijuana for recreational use. The guidelines proposed also consist of a licensure structure for the transportation, manufacturing, research, and retailing of recreational marijuana.

Landlords will have the right to reject tenants who want to smoke or grow marijuana on their property. Individual communities can also decide to bar commercial marijuana businesses.

“The guidelines we’ve seen is a really great start. For us in the medical program, the real priority is making sure the medical program survives and can work in parallel,” said a dispensary owner.

Retail sales of marijuana-infused edibles would likely become legal well after sale of marijuana.


Alaska Marijuana Dispensary

Alaska’s Marijuana Control Board voted 3-2 in favor of allowing for the consumption of marijuana at dispensary retail stores.

If approved by Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott, Alaska would become the first state to permit regulated areas for marijuana consumption outside of private property, such as a person’s home.

Adults would be able to purchase marijuana at any dispensary retail store and consume it in a designated area on the property. Local laws banning indoor smoking will still apply.

Other states that have legalized recreational marijuana use offer no state-sanctioned places to consume marijuana, forcing people to stay at home.


Arizona DUI

Arizona medical marijuana cardholders are at risk of DUI for having any amount of marijuana in their system.

The Arizona Supreme Court ruled that Arizona medical marijuana cardholders have no immunity from prosecution under a state DUI law which prohibits motorists from having any amount of marijuana or its chemical compound that causes impairment in their bodies.

The court stated that a cardholder can try to prove in court that they didn’t have enough of the marijuana compound THC in their system to be impaired. Arizona medical marijuana law allows DUI prosecutions of cardholders but not if amounts of marijuana compounds in their systems are insufficient to cause impairment.

Chief Justice Scott Bales stated: “The risk of uncertainty in this regard should fall on the patients, who generally know or should know if they are impaired and can control when they drive, rather than on the members of the public whom they encounter on our streets.”

Many states with medical and recreational marijuana laws allow for motorists to drive with trace amounts of marijuana in their system, as well as with inactive marijuana metabolites.


New York Marijuana

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill that will expedite access to medical marijuana for qualifying patients a couple months before the state’s full medical marijuana program is implemented.

Continual pressure from advocates, patients, and families helped get the Governor to sign the emergency access bill.

“We’ve been waiting an outrageous 15 months for expedited access to medical marijuana,” stated a mother who’s son needs medical marijuana to treat seizures.

New York Health Department officials said New York’s medical marijuana program should be fully operational by January 2016.

“It’s outrageous that [patients] have been forced to go years without relief while politicians procrastinate, but this new law means that the day when those who need marijuana-based medicine will be able to safely obtain it from legal businesses will be here sooner rather than later,” said a marijuana industry businessman.


Marijuana Apps

Marijuana Apps

The marijuana industry is quickly expanding throughout the U.S. and with it are new apps. These apps range from social networks like Facebook to dating apps like Tender, while others are games and unique services.

This list reveals 9 of the most popular marijuana-related apps:

1. Mass Roots (Social Network)

2. Duby (Social Network)

3. High There! (Dating)

4. Grasscity (Forum)

5. WEEN (Marijuana Usage Tracker)

6. Cheech & Chong (Merchandise)

7. EAZE (Delivery Service)

8. Weed Firm 2 (Game)

9. Pot Farm (Game)


Colombia Medical Marijuana

Colombia’s Minister of Health announced that the government is set to legalize the distribution and use of medical marijuana.

The bill will legalize marijuana strictly for medical and scientific reasons, officials say. “Nobody is talking about legalizing anything except for these two purposes,” said Justice Minister Yesid Reyes.

Once President Juan Manuel Santos signs the bill it will allow Colombia to regulate everything from licensing for growers to the eventual export of products made from marijuana.

Included in the bill as an “export license,” which will allow Colombian marijuana growers to export their product to other countries where it is legal, such as Canada, Netherlands, and Uruguay.

Colombia is part of a growing trend of countries – Uruguay, Mexico, Canada, Portugal, Australia, U.S. – implementing pro-marijuana laws in order to treat medical ailments as well as to fight drug cartels via legalization, regulation and taxation instead of war and imprisonment.


Mangos Marijuana

Myrcene, a terpene in mangos, – which can also be found in marijuana, parsley, thyme, hops and white wines like Riesling or Moscoto – has been found to enhance the “high” from marijuana.

Terpenes are a diverse class of organic compounds produced by a variety of plants and are building blocks within nearly every living creature. Terpenes can be responsible for anything from a plant’s aroma to nutritional value. Marijuana contains numerous terpenes, and each marijuana strain has its own unique terpene profile which provides specific aromas and medicinal benefits such as pain or anxiety relief.

One study has found that consuming a mango about 60 mintues before smoking marijuana can increase the intensity of the “high” provided by marijuana.

In another study, Texas A&M found that mangos are effective in preventing and stopping certain colon and breast cancer cells from developing.


Soda Unsafe

Soda, alcohol and other substances are legal in the U.S. even though they are known to cause severe harm to mankind. Meanwhile, scientific studies have proven that marijuana is a safe substance that also provides many medicinal benefits, yet it is still illegal.

The 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health report showed that 60% of marijuana users went on to try other drugs, which appears to justify the “marijuana is a gateway drug” theory, except when you learn that 88% of drug users used alcohol before any other drug. Another study revealed that marijuana does not contain chemical properties that are physically addictive. In comparison, all the substances listed below have been scientifically proven to be damaging and addictive to humans.

This list reveals eight substances that – however enjoyable or, at times, medically necessary they may be – are proven by science to be harmful to humans, yet they are all legal and fairly easily obtainable in the U.S.:

1. Sugar

2. Alcohol

3. Tobacco

4. Caffeine

5. Opiates (Painkillers)

6. Antidepressants

7. Stimulants

8. Steroids


Veterans Marijuana Doctor

On the eve of Veterans Day, the Senate passed a bill, The Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, which will allow Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) doctors to recommend medical marijuana to their patients in states where medical marijuana is legal.

“On this eve of Veterans/Armistice Day where we remember those who served in the military and the treaty agreement to reach peace concluding WWI, we see this victory as a step toward a peace treaty with the government we volunteered to defend with our lives and as a step toward restoring our first amendment rights and dignity as citizens of the United States, ” said a U.S. military veteran.

With the Senate approving one element in the bill, supporters say it is time for the Senate Judiciary Committee to hold hearings on the full bill. The bill now has to be negotiated with the House’s version as part of a federal spending bill.

“Veterans in medical marijuana states should be treated the same as any other resident, and should be able to discuss marijuana with their doctor,” said a spokesperson for the Drug Policy Alliance. “It makes no sense that a veteran can’t use medical marijuana if it helps them and it is legal in their state.”

Currently, the VA prohibits its doctors from helping its patients seeking recommendations or opinions regarding participation in state-legal medical marijuana programs.

There are many federal healthcare programs other than the VA, – such as Medicaid and Medicare – but only the VA prohibits doctors from recommending medical marijuana to patients.

“The politics around marijuana have shifted in recent years, yet Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley hasn’t held a hearing on the bill,” said a spokesperson for the Drug Policy Alliance. “We will move the CARERS Act piece by piece if we have to, but now is the time for the Senate to hold a hearing on the bill as a whole.”