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Marijuana News in Arizona and World

Medical Marijuana States
Currently, 35 states in America have reformed their laws via legislation or voter ballot initiatives to allow qualifying patients access to marijuana and/or marijuana-infused products for medical purposes.

This time last year, 21 states and the District of Columbia had medical marijuana laws – a sixty percent increase in one year.

A majority of these medical marijuana states allow for certain persons to grow marijuana and/or for dispensaries to sell marijuana. A few states have limited medical marijuana programs where patients are only allowed to purchase and use marijuana-infused or CBD-only products, such as oils or concentrates, which can be vaporized or consumed.

A few of the current medical marijuana states will be voting this November to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Many other states are looking into legalizing marijuana for medical purposes in the near future.

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Marijuana Edibles
The first food safety course for manufacturers and retailers of marijuana-infused foods, or edibles, has launched.  There is also an additional course offered for “budtenders”, the customer service staff who work behind the counters of dispensaries.

Figuring out exactly how to properly label and produce infused edibles has proven to be one of the most difficult aspects to regulate since marijuana became legal in Colorado.  Producers want to ensure that uninformed consumers are not accidentally ingesting too much.

With the interest in marijuana-infused foods increasing daily, the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA), wants to make sure manufacturers and retailers are providing buyers with safe products.  NCIA deputy director Taylor West says, “We know our industry is under a microscope, and we want to make sure cannabis product-makers continue developing the highest quality and safest products possible.”

Marijuana edibles have proved to be the most profitable aspect of the new recreational marijuana industry in Colorado, accounting for roughly two-thirds of the entire market.

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NM Marijuana
Albuquerque is attempting to do away with jail time for anyone who is caught with an ounce or less of marijuana within the city limits.  If the measure proposed by city council member Rey Garduno passes then jail time will be replaced with a small fine.

Garduno says that his proposition has the potential to save the city upwards of $5 million in legal fees alone.  The law currently states that anyone caught with marijuana will be issued a $50 ticket and have to spend up to 15 days in jail, but if Garduno’s measure is approved this will simply be reduced to a $25 ticket.

The petition put together by Garduno has already gathered over 16,000 signatures from residents of Albuquerque who would like to see this measure put on the November ballot.

“This is directed at young people who may find themselves arrested and how it could affect their lives in the future,” said Garduno.  “We’re treating people as criminals when alcohol and even tobacco may even be worse.”

There has been no word yet from city officials, as the mayor’s office said that they “do not comment on pending legislation.”

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DC Marijuana Legalization
Residents of Washington D.C. will vote this November on whether or not to legalize marijuana for recreational use.

Marijuana advocates gathered more than 22,000 signatures in order to get the initiative on the ballot and the D.C. Board of elections unanimously voted in favor of the measure.

Mayor Vincent Gray signed into effect a decriminalization act in D.C. that as of last month allows residents to possess up to an ounce of marijuana on them with only the fear of a $25 fine and a civil offense.

Proponents of the legalization bill are confident that the House will not be able to block their initiative; however, there have been recent instances where residents have voted in favor of a measure that the mayor has chosen not to enforce.  It happened last year when voters approved an amendment that would have given the district the ability to spend local tax money without Congress’s approval, but it was declined by the mayor.

Congress was even able to delay the medical marijuana program in D.C. by ten whole years after it was approved by voters.

If the initiative is approved in November, residents would be allowed to grow 6 marijuana plants at their home and possess up to 2 ounces.  The sale of marijuana has yet to be addressed.

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Marijuana Press Releases
The world’s first press release distribution and publishing website exclusively for the marijuana industry, MJbizwire (www.MJbizwire.com), is fully launching in September.

The marijuana industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States and there are hundreds of business start-ups emerging each month. This rapid growth has created a demand for a inexpensive, reliable, and effective method of promoting information about the products and services offered by these businesses. MJbizwire.com’s goal is to provide marijuana business owners and managers with a way to accomplish this.

MJbizwire.com is a press release publication and distribution site that is dedicated to the recreational and medical marijuana industries. The site differentiates itself from other press release sites by offering affordable pricing and specialized distribution to leading marijuana industry publications.

“Press releases allow new or existing businesses a method to advertise products, services, events, or anything noteworthy to the world for a low, one-time price. This helps businesses easily and inexpensively reach their customer base. Press releases distributed via MJbizwire can be picked up and republished by a number of leading marijuana industry publications as well as by other major news websites, newspapers, and magazines” said Dan Kingston, President of MJbizwire.com.

MJbizwire is continually building partnerships with prominent marijuana industry websites and magazines, as well as major media publications. These publications often republish the press releases distributed via MJbizwire. Furthermore, journalists often use press releases to find information when researching news stories or when searching for topics and companies to feature in news articles.

Businesses can choose from a few different distribution pricing plans on MJbizwire.com, including a free distribution plan. Corporate accounts are also available for business that want to submit multiple press releases each month.

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Marijuana Term
With marijuana laws changing, especially with recreational marijuana legalization beginning in both Colorado and Washington state, the term “marijuana” is often used by the media.  And with more and more states looking into legalization efforts, it’s also a term that will continue to be used in the media.

“Marijuana” is a fairly recent term. Throughout the 19th century the term used was “cannabis” because it is from a genus of flowering plants species: Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica or Cannabis ruderalis. Cannabis was used in many prescription drugs sold between 1840 and 1900 to help with migraines and insomnia.  Multiple articles were written in U.S. scientific journals about the many benefits of cannabis.

During the Mexican Revolution in 1910, thousands upon thousands of struggling Mexicans fled their home country for the U.S. border states to avoid war, and with them they brought their favorite recreational substance, which they referred to as “mariguana.” (Nowadays spelled: marijuana.)

In an effort to slow down the increasing immigrant population, anti-marijuana laws began to be implemented.  Many believe that bigotry played a large part in these initial laws, and this is the main reason that the U.S. border states were the first states to begin anti-marijuana campaigns disguised under the new term brought on by the Mexican immigrants.

Today, Americans’ perception of marijuana is shifting back towards a positive light as a result of scientific research proving that marijuana has medical benefits, and some economy-enhancing aspects. Americans have also done their best to create and use other terms for marijuana:  weed, grass, pot, ganja, and others are all terms that have been adopted by Americans and the rest of the world alike.

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Phoenix Marijuana

New medical marijuana dispensaries have opened in Arizona within the last 30 days.

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Arizona Medical Marijuana Newsletter
The Arizona Department of Health Services’ (ADHS) August medical marijuana newsletter is now available. The ADHS newsletters are only mailed or emailed to Arizona’s medical marijuana cardholding patients each month. AZmarijuana.com also has a monthly newsletter about Arizona’s medical marijuana industry. Sign up here to receive our newsletter.

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Oregon Marijuana Legalization
Oregon election representatives have announced that enough signatures have been collected to allow for a marijuana legalization measure to be on the ballot this November.

The Initiative Petition 53, if passed, will control the cultivation and retail sale of marijuana to adults in Oregon. Analysts expect just shy of $90 million in tax revenue to be raised in the first two years of legalization alone.

Residents will also be permitted to grow their own marijuana if they so choose. In this case, they would be allowed to grow up to four plants at a time and possess up to eight ounces.

With over 50% of registered voters supporting the legalization of marijuana for recreational use, the odds are certainly in their favor, but we will have to wait until November to find out what the people of Oregon will choose.

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Seattle Police Marijuana

A Seattle Police officer has been suspended after the department realized he was solely responsible for issuing roughly 80% of the city’s tickets for public marijuana use since the start of 2014.

Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole was looking over a staff issued report in regards to marijuana enforcement and noticed that 66 of the 83 citations for use of marijuana in public were issued by the same officer.

The officer in question even went so far as to leave notes on some of his citations.  This includes one where it appears, “the officer indicated he flipped a coin when contemplating which subject to site,” Chief O’Toole said in a statement.  There was also another note found on a different citation, where the officer called the new marijuana laws in Washington “silly”.

Chief O’Toole said that his behavior has been reported to the Office of Professional Accountability, where they will review his case.  He will also be placed on suspension while the investigation occurs.

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