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Marijuana News in Arizona and World

In a Barbara Walters interview, President Obama–finally–answers questions regarding marijuana legalization in America. Obama states that he is against the legalization of marijuana, but that the federal government doesn’t intend on focusing on individual marijuana users.

Obama’s stance on marijuana legalization seems to have taken a backseat in his agenda. Obama told Barbara Walters, “We’ve got bigger fish to fry. It would not make sense for us to see a top priority as going after recreational users in states that have determined that it’s legal” and “What I think is, that at this point, in Washington and Colorado, you’ve seen the voters speak on this issue.”

But as California dispensaries know all too well, politicians are two-sided these days, especially when it comes to marijuana discrimination and enforcement. For now, it looks like medical marijuana and marijuana legalization are back-burners on the President’s agenda.




 

Medical marijuana edibles should be filling Arizona dispensary shelves soon. The Arizona Department of Health Services has created a brief guideline–for what they call Infusion Kitchens or Infused Kitchens–for dispensaries that wish to infuse foods with medical marijuana.

Other states’ dispensaries carry a large variety of marijuana-infused foods and drinks: such as brownies, cookies, candies, sodas, teas, oils, and more. These marijuana-infused foods and drinks, also known as edibles or medibles, are perfect for patients who cannot smoke or choose not to smoke marijuana. Most states allow private companies to produce edibles, but in Arizona it appears the government is going to regulate the medical marijuana market by only allowing dispensaries to legally produce and sell edibles via their Infusion Kitchens.

Arizona dispensaries just need to submit a basic application to get approval status for their Infusion Kitchen to the Arizona Department of Health Services in order to begin producing and selling medical marijuana edibles. At the moment, it appears that Arizona will only allow edibles in the form of foods, and not drinks.

Learn more about medical marijuana recipes, edibles, and product reviews at AZmarijuana.com.

Find the best medical marijuana in Arizona and get it delivered to your front door. Learn more here: medical marijuana delivery serivces

 

The state of Arizona has once again attempted to get Judge Gordon’s pro-medical marijuana ruling appealed. But once again, the state lost. And “we the people” have won again!

This means that the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act is here to stay, at least for a little while. Hopefully, state officials will now stop fighting against the voter-approved Medical Marijuana Act and against the people that they are suppose to work for (Arizonans, who also happen to pay their salaries). Technically, that means we are paying them (six-figure salaries) to go fight against us.

Aren’t government officials supposed to work for their citizens, not against them? Which brings me to another question: Why are Arizona officials spending thousands of man hours (of taxpayers’ money) blatantly fighting against our voter-approved law, when they are supposed to be fighting for us!?

I can tell you one thing: I’d be fired if I performed the exact opposite tasks that my job entailed… It’d be like a stipper putting on more clothes as she danced.

Well that’s my two cents for today. And thank you to the judges who upheld the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act. Have great Friday Arizonans!

 

Arizona Organix dispensary is opening its doors on December 6, 2012. The Glendale, Arizona dispensary has been waiting on the judge’s ruling in the White Mountain case before opening. But now that the judge has ruled on behalf of the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, Arizona Organix dispensary is rushing to open its doors and serve medicine to medical marijuana patients in Arizona.

As of now, Arizona has more than 33,000 medical marijuana patients–most if which have been longing for the opening of a dispensary to purchase medicine, while others prefer to cultivate their own medicine or get medicine from a medical marijuana delivery service.

Arizona Organix dispensary in Glendale and Southern Arizona Integrated Therapies dispensary in Tucson are the first two dispensaries to open for business in Arizona. It is probably safe to assume that many other dispensaries will begin to open within the next few months.

Search for dispensaries and doctors on AZmarijuana.com.

 

Judge Michael Gordon of Maricopa County Superior Court ruled on behalf of Arizona’s Medical Marijuana Act, stating that it does not conflict with the Federal government or the Controlled Substances Act. The ruling upholds the Arizona medical marijuana program, which means that dispensaries should begin to open soon, and should be able to flourish without hindrance from the Fed or Arizona officials.

Judge Gordon stated, “This court will not rule that Arizona, having sided with the ever-growing minority of states and having limited it to medical use, has violated public policy.” This ruling is monumental for Arizona. It basically tells the Fed and Arizona officials to stop impeding the medical marijuana program from being fully implemented –as it should have been in 2010.

Arizona Organix, the Glendale dispensary-to-be, said the pending ruling had a large influence on their decision to delay opening. So it is probably safe to assume that Arizona Organix will be opening their doors before 2013.

Jeffrey Kaufman, the lead attorney for White Mountain Health Center has written an article for AZmarijuana.com about the amazing win that he helped fight for. The medical marijuana community in Arizona thanks you Mr. Kaufman and all the other activists. Read Mr. Kaufman’s article here.

The Southern Arizona Integrated Therapies dispensary in Tucson, Arizona has officially opened. This is Arizona’s first medical marijuana dispensary – and hopefully more will soon follow.

The Southern Arizona Integrated Therapies dispensary opened its doors to allow patients to pre-register. The dispensary says it will be dispensing medical marijuana to patients later this month.

Keep your fingers crossed that the Southern Arizona Integrated Therapies dispensary will be allowed to operate unimpeded by state officials.

Visit AZmarijuana.com for marijuana-related news and product reviews, dispensaries, and doctors.

A proposed medical marijuana dispensary in Tucson was given a final inspection by Arizona health officials on November 20 – and passed. The dispensary was granted approval to open, but the owners have not yet given their opening date.

The (still anonymous) Tucson dispensary, located on the east side, and the Arizona Organix dispensary in Glendale, are now both licensed with approval to open – but both are delaying.  Hopefully, one, if not both, will open before the end of the year.

As soon as any dispensary opens, rest assured, we will let you know! Sign up for our marijuana newsletter to get news, product reviews, and more. You can also find a list of every marijuana dispensary in Arizona on Azmarijuana.com (that is, as soon as they open).

On November 15, Arizona Organix was licensed by the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) as a medical marijuana dispensary ready to open for operation to dispense medical marijuana. But on November 19, Arizona Organix asked the ADHS for a short delay on the effective date of operation on their Operating License in order to ensure that things run smoothly when they officially begin operations.

Therefore, the Glendale dispensary will not be opening till further notice (hopefully it will be within a week or two). When the dispensary opens, it will be required by law to be in operation for at least 30 hours per week between the hours of 7am and 10pm. For more information visit our original article about Arizona Organix: “ADHS Has Licensed Arizona’s First Medical Marijuana Dispensary”

AZmarijuana.com will keep you up-to-date on the status of Arizona Organix dispensary and all other medical marijuana-related news. Sign up for our Newsletter to stay informed: AZmarijuana.com Newsletter registration

Cooperation between medical marijuana caregivers, patients, and the authorities in Flagstaff, Arizona have shaped the medical marijuana industry and community in Flagstaff into an ideal model. The caregivers are cultivating marijuana strains for the specific medical conditions that their patients suffer from, and patients are legally exchanging  marijuana with other patients.  Meanwhile, the police are obeying state laws and not impeding on the medical marijuana industry, but allowing it to flourish.

Grassroots Wellness Center assists almost 500 patients with acquiring medical marijuana. Patients at Grassroots can take advantage of a legal gray area that allows patients to donate/exchange marijuana with other patients. Many patients say that they are now able to stop using their prescription drugs that caused horrible side effects and were highly addictive. As well as helping patients receive much needed medicine, Grassroots also staffs a naturopathic doctor, masseuses, acupuncturists, and has counseling and support groups for patients with certain medical conditions.

With no dispensaries open yet, the Grassroots Wellness Center has been able to thrive because patients have a location to easily find access to medicine. Grassroots Wellness Center is open from 11am-6pm Monday-Friday and is located at 460 North Switzer Canyon, Flagstaff, Arizona 86001.

The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) has officially licensed a medical marijuana dispensary.  Arizona Organix, a medical marijuana dispensary operator in Glendale, Arizona, can begin selling medical marijuana immediately.  The dispensary will be located at 5301 W. Glendale Ave.

Arizona Organix has not yet decided on when they will open. Their attorney, Ryan Hurley, stated that “they’re ready to open as soon as they want to… [but] it’s not going to be tomorrow.”  The dispensary appears to be waiting for the White Mountain lawsuit to receive a ruling from the judge (which should happen any day now) before they open.

With the opening of any Arizona dispensary comes the concluding of caregivers (in that area) because the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act states that patients and caregivers cannot grow marijuana within 25 miles of a licensed dispensary.  (The 25 mile radius from Arizona Organix’s location will encompass most of the Valley.)  The ADHS will not revoke current patients’ or caregivers’ cards who have permission to grow; however, the ADHS will not renew those peoples’ grow cards either.

As soon as a dispensary opens, rest assured, AZmarijuana.com will let you know! Sign up for our marijuana newsletter and you will be notified as soon as it happens. You can also find a list of every marijuana dispensary in Arizona on Azmarijuana.com (that is, as soon as they open). So bookmark the page and cross your fingers. We just might get what we all want for Christmas/Hanukka/Kwanzaa this year!

UPDATE: “Glendale’s Arizona Organix Dispensary Opening Delayed”