Marijuana News in Arizona and World
Marijuana advocates in Colorado and Washington are counting down the minutes till the two states become the first to legalize recreational marijuana for adults on January 1, 2014.
The nation will be keeping a close eye on the two states to witness history and to follow the billion dollar industry which will generate millions in tax revenue and for businesses associated with the marijuana industry.
One new market is marijuana tourism which will provide marijuana tours to adult tourists that are expected to flock to the Amsterdam-style marijuana culture that will now be found in the states.
One Colorado marijuanaowner stated “I have people driving in from Texas, Arizona, Utah… to be a part of history. Just the novelty alone is bringing people from everywhere.”
American tourists and international tourists alike will be headed to Colorado and Washington state this year to be a part of history and enjoy the new culture found within those two states.
A 2013 report by the Arizona Department of Health Services has revealed that over the past 12 months Arizona dispensaries have sold approximately $40 million in marijuana (including ). This figure ranks Arizona in the top five largest medical marijuana markets in the United States when based on annual revenues.
Currently there are 77 dispensaries operating in Arizona. That amounts to just over $500,000 in sales per ; however, many of those 77 opened in recent months. So in reality, a few Arizona dispensaries made millions, while the others just opened and might have made a few hundred thousand.
With so many dispensaries now in operation, the annual sales of marijuana are expected to increase significantly in 2014.
Marijuana has many health benefits and can be very beneficial for elderly people.
Arizona is known for its large retirement population and snowbirds visiting in the winter. And good news for them because they can probably qualify for medical marijuana in Arizona rather easily.
Arizona’s elderly and snowbirds can obtain a medical marijuana card in Arizona as long as they have a residential address in Arizona and have a qualifying medical condition.
With these two qualifiers, Arizona’s elderly can visit an Arizonaand obtain a medical marijuana card.
With a medical marijuana card in hand, these new medical marijuana patients can visit an Arizonato obtain their medicine (medical marijuana). Or they can choose to get their medicine delivered to them via a medical marijuana .
New Arizona dispensaries have opened this fall. And a few more are set to open before New Year.
View the Arizona Dispensaries Map to see the locations of all Arizona dispensaries that are open.
Expect to see Arizona dispensaries opening new locations in strip malls and other highly trafficked areas.
Arizona police are secretly tapping into citizens’ cellphone conversations and text messages – whether they are under investigation or not.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) say the increasing ability by all police departments to easily and quickly obtain vast amounts of cellphone data raises questions about people’s privacy, as well as their Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure efforts.
“I don’t think that these devices should never be used, but at the same time, you should clearly be getting a warrant,” said Alan Butler of EPIC.
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Phoenix Democrat and Assistant House Minority Leader Ruben Gallego announced his plan to introduce a marijuana legalization bill during the next legislative session.
Gallego stated he is working on a bill “that would regulate and tax marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol.” He says the bill will allow anyone 21 years of age or older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and have no more than five plants.
The bill would be similar toestablished in Colorado and Washington which have legalized marijuana for adult use.
A ban on smoking marijuana in public and regulations for the retail sale of marijuana will be proposed in the bill, along with an excise tax on sales, which will “distribute the tax proceeds to fund public education and treatment programs for alcohol and drug abuse, with half of the money going to the state general fund.”
Gallego recently stated that “The issue of marijuana regulation is pragmatic. Regulating marijuana takes sales off the street and puts them in a controlled environment. Ultimately, this will helpenforcement, especially in times when resources are limited. About 750,000 Americans were arrested for marijuana-related offenses in 2012, and the majority of those arrests were simply for possession. Law enforcement officers’ time and resources would be better spent addressing serious crimes, so that we are all safer. Additionally, we can use some of the money generated from the sales to pay for public education and treatment programs for alcohol and drug abuse.”
Safer Arizona is a group that is sponsoring an initiative to amend Arizona’s constitution to allow for legalized, taxed, and regulated Cannabis (marijuana and industrial ) use and commerce. The group needs to gather over 300,000 valid voters’ signatures by July 2014 to qualify for the November 2014 ballot.
The Marijuana Policy Project is also attempting to legalize marijuana in Arizona.
Arizona dispensaries now have the ability to open their at any location, except within 500 feet of schools, rules Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Micheal Gordon.
Judge Gordon ruled that Maricopa County failed to create reasonable zoning standards in compliance with state, so they are now forbidden from enforcing any zoning regulations or restrictions on medical marijuana dispensaries.
The only restriction for dispensaries is that they must be further than 500 feet from schools.
Arizona dispensaries will now be able to open next to grocery stores, malls, or in strip malls, for example. Whereas before, strict zoning restrictions forced dispensaries to open in industrial areas, such as airparks.
This all started with a lawsuit which began in 2012 when White Mountain Health Center, a should-be, and Jeffrey Kaufman sued Maricopa County after the county’s zoning department refused to assist White Mountain Health Center in complying with the state’s dispensary licensing requirements. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the ACLU of Arizona also assisted Jeffrey Kaufman as co-counsel in the case.
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Marijuana doctors in Arizona are providing huge discounts this holiday season, making now the best time to get certified for medical marijuana in Arizona!
If you have one or more qualifying medical conditions acceptable for medical marijuana in Arizona then you need to contact an Arizona today and have the doctor write you a certification for medical marijuana.
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Judge Katherine Cooper has officially ruled to whether Arizona’s medical marijuana patients have a constitutional right to cultivate marijuana.
Judge Cooper rejected the attempted challenge to a provision in the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act which states that patients must live further than 25 miles from ain order to legally cultivate marijuana.
She claims the provision does not limit their healthcare rights, stating thatare not a healthcare system because they do not manage, process, enroll or pay for healthcare services for qualifying patients.
This ruling will require that the over 95 percent of Arizona’s medical marijuana patients who live within 25 miles of a dispensary will have to purchase their medicine from any of the nearly 100 state-licensed dispensaries currently open.
This article is a continuation of the article: “Arizona Cultivation Law Could Change.”
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A new report revealed that 25 Arizona doctors are accountable for writing medical marijuana certifications to more than 25,000 Arizonans to become medical marijuana patients.
The 25 doctors are responsible for about 70 percent of the medical marijuana certifications issued in a 12-month period during 2012-2013.
Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) Director Will Humble said the evidence clearly shows a development of “certification mills.” Humble said it is possible the medical marijuana certifications issued during that 12-month period are legitimate. He noted that many general practitioners are hesitant to write marijuana certifications, possibly due to a lack of information about the drug, or concerns about the federal government revoking their medical licenses.
Such a resilience from general practitioners to certify Arizonans for medical marijuana is probably the leading cause that “pushes the patients to the certification mill physicians” stated Humble.
The ADHS found that 472 doctors state-wide have issued all medical marijuana certifications in Arizona and a vast majority of them are from naturopaths. Currently, Arizona has over 40,000 medical marijuana patients.
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