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Marijuana News in Arizona and World

Tucson Dispensary
The Tucson City Council voted to remove zoning restrictions on medical marijuana cultivation centers. Council members and advocates said the change will greatly benefit the city’s economy.

Vicky Puchi-Saavedra, a Tucson dispensary owner, said the decision will help generate new marijuana industry jobs and improve revenue for the city because cultivation facilities can now be bigger than the previous 3,000 square-feet limit. Many Tucson dispensaries have been purchasing medical marijuana from Phoenix dispensaries, where there are no zoning restrictions, in order to keep up with demand. These Tucson dispensaries were nearly paying retail price, making it impossible to lower costs for their customers.

“It is like trickle down economics. You don’t just hire a grower, you hire bookkeepers, you hire warehouse managers…” said Puchi-Saavedra. “Aside from the sales tax we are paying, city sales tax, so we are helping the city instead of moving our warehouse out of Tucson, back into Phoenix.”

Councilwoman Karin Uhlich stated that Tucson area patients were suffering the consequences of strict marijuana cultivation regulations.

“Most of the product was being cultivated in Maricopa County and in the Phoenix area, which added cost to patients in our area,” stated Uhlich. “And so we are really monitoring what is happening across the state as the law gets implemented and recognizing that being overly restrictive simply ads cost to patients in Tucson.”

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Phoenix Dispensaries
Another free giveaway by AZmarijuana.com has begun. This new giveaway is for a $100 dispensary gift card. As always, our giveaways are free to enter and win.

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Anyone 18 or older can enter to win the gift card. But in order to use the gift card the person must have a valid Arizona medical marijuana card.

The gift card can be used at either of Nature’s AZ Medicines’ two dispensary locations. The gift card user can purchase marijuana, edibles or other products such as a pipe, bong, or vaporizer. View Nature’s AZ Medicines’ menu to see all their current products.

The giveaway ends on Sept. 30. So enter to win today!

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Maine Marijuana

Three cities in Maine will be voting this coming November on adopting a program that would allow adults age 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of marijuana.

Law enforcement and local governments have shown strong opposition to this movement, but the initiatives in each city are still gaining momentum.

Lewiston, Maine’s second largest city, was the first to place the initiative on its ballot. They were able to gather many more signatures than needed to get the initiative on the ballot.

The city of South Portland faced unanimous opposition in regards to the initiative, but still managed to turn in more than enough signatures from local supporters.

York, the third city pushing for the legalization of small amounts of marijuana, was also able to gather enough signatures to get the initiative on their town’s ballot despite facing great opposition as well.

Activists in Maine are hoping that this will push their state in a pro-marijuana direction, and that Maine voters will be able to vote for legalized recreational marijuana by 2016.

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Berkeley Dispensaries
The Berkeley City Council in California has decided that medical marijuana dispensaries should give a break to patients who can’t afford to buy their marijuana at dispensaries.

The City Council unanimously voted on a measure that will force medical marijuana dispensaries to donate 2% of their inventory to state-approved medical marijuana patients who pull in less than $32,000 annually.

The program just passed and is expected to be underway by mid-2015.

Low income residents in need of medical marijuana are extremely pleased that this measure passed allowing them to get the relief they so desperately need, but struggle to afford.

California has allowed medical marijuana in the state for over 20 years and many California dispensaries have voluntarily provided medical marijuana to patients in need.

The Berkeley Patients group is a dispensary that has been giving marijuana to its patients for over 10 years. They believe that no one should be turned away based solely on their income.

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Marijuana Travel
According to Denver news reports, marijuana-enjoying tourists leaving the Mile High City have been giving their leftover marijuana to rental car employees because they’re afraid of a shakedown by airport security.

“It happens quite often…every couple of days” said one rental car employee. Another rental car agency employee said departing travelers hand her their leftover marijuana several times per day. “It happens pretty often. More during the weekends. Probably like four times a day,” she stated.

Some workers “just throw it in the trash” while others likely keep the free marijuana because marijuana is legal in Colorado for adults 21 and older.

This marijuana-ditching phenomenon seems to be a common occurrence at Denver International Airport because tourists are highly aware that transporting marijuana via airplane is a felony and could get them arrested. This is because marijuana is still considered illegal by the federal government and by the Federal Aviation Administration, even though marijuana is legal in Colorado.

Airport officials stated that the few individuals caught with marijuana have simply been asked to throw it away. “We want them to discard it peacefully and carry on with their trip,” said Stacey Stegman, a spokesperson with the airport. “We don’t want to have to issue a citation, we don’t want anyone to get in trouble.”

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Marijuana Alcohol Poll
According to an online CivicScience poll of over 450,000 Americans, 58 percent of respondents support regulating marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol.

The majority of respondents reported that they would support “a law in [their] state that would legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana like alcohol”. Only 35% of respondents reported that they would oppose such a change in law.

Another recent poll of responses found even stronger support for marijuana legalization, with 61% of respondents polled agreeing with marijuana law reform.

The CivicScience survey is not a scientific poll, although its findings are very similar to those reported by Gallup in 2013, when 58% of respondents reported that they support marijuana legalization.

Furthermore, in April, the Pew Research Center reported that 54% of Americans support legalizing marijuana.

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Marijuana Research
The federal government has decided to increase their marijuana supply for research purposes.  The DEA announced last week that they will increase their marijuana production quota from a meager 21 kilograms to a whopping 650 kilograms in order to meet demand.

A farm at the University of Mississippi in Oxford is federally permitted to grow a set amount of marijuana to be used in clinical trials.  All protocol must first be approved by the DEA, FDA, and the US National Institute on Drug Abuse before administering marijuana to human test subjects.

Marijuana advocates have been quick to point out that in the past the majority of the research being done by the federal government on marijuana has been designed to point out all the potential harms rather than the many therapeutic benefits.

A spokesman for the research said, “The additional supply of cannabis to be manufactured in 2014 is designed to meet the current and anticipated research efforts involving marijuana.  This projection of increased demand is due in part to the recent increased interest in the possible therapeutic uses of marijuana.”

There are currently eight trials being done on marijuana’s effects on humans, but only two are devoted to researching the plant’s benefits.

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Marijuana School
A leading marijuana school is going from the classroom (sometimes held at Colorado University in Denver) to interactive online classes for the masses.

THC University has transformed all of its curriculum online as engaging interactive classes, making THC University the first massive open online courses (MOOC) school in the marijuana industry.

MOOC schools have lesson plans, quizzes, and get students to interact in classes which helps exercise the brain and increase memorization. MOOC schools also offer large amounts of free, or low cost, education when compared to other schools with all the benefits of being able to ask instructors questions and interact with students in an online community.

“We built the courses using the most modern education techniques to increase brain function, engagement and memory. We used the most advanced software to build our courses. We didn’t just make a Powerpoint presentation or make a bunch of YouTube videos like many other online cannabis schools. We knew why MOOC schools were successful, and we believe the cannabis community would benefit from this,” stated Matt Jones, President of THC University.

THC University provides marijuana education that can help people find a job in the marijuana industry at places such as dispensaries, doctor offices, edible makers, and elsewhere.

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Hemp Clothing
A new hemp clothing company based out of Denver is enticing customers with an added gift of free marijuana with the purchase of their clothing.

Hemp House clothing announced that along with the clothing customers order they will also deliver an eighth of marijuana to the customers that are 21 years of age or older and that live in the Denver area. Upon delivery buyers will have to show a photo ID proving their age.

Anyone who does not live within the Denver metro area has been promised via the Hemp House website that they will not be excluded from the promotion. Instead they will be given “something special” in place of the eighth of marijuana.

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Santa Fe Marijuana
Santa Fe has became the latest US city to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.

The Santa Fe City Council voted five to four in favor of revising a law to classify possession of less than one ounce (28 grams) of marijuana to only a misdemeanor.

The new law, which will take effect in 30 days, reduces the criminal penalties that range from fines of between $50 to $100 and up to 15 days in jail, into a (still undetermined) civil citation penalty.

“I have been in favor of decriminalization all along, I just wanted this to be on the November ballot in order for the citizens to make the decision,” stated Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales.

New Mexico state director for the Drug Policy Alliance, Emily Kaltenbach, mentioned she hoped for a broader vote, but said: “It is still a historic win for us all.”

Kaltenbach said activists obtained some 11,000 signatures and that her polling revealed that more than 70 percent of Santa Fe residents supported decriminalization.

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