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The state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Arizona authorities can’t prosecute motorists in Arizona for driving under the influence of marijuana unless the driver is impaired at the time of the stop.

This ruling overturned a decision last year that upheld the right for authorities to prosecute marijuana users for driving under the influence even when there was no evidence of impairment.

The state Supreme Court explained that while state statute makes it illegal for a driver to be impaired by marijuana, the presence of inactive metabolites or non-psychoactive compounds (such as CBD) from marijuana, does not constitute impairment under the law.

Attorney Michael Alarid III stated that “this does have far-reaching impacts on medical marijuana patients… and it basically corrects an error in the interpretation of the law.”

Use a medical marijuana delivery service and avoid driving altogether.

Marijuana Vending Machine

The first-ever marijuana vending machine will make its debut in Eagle-Vail, Colorado later on this month. The machine goes by the name “Zazz” and is produced by a local company by the name of “American Green.”

The machine was unveiled to a crowd outside of a barbecue restaurant in Avon, Colorado last Friday and received a great response. 

Consumers will be required to swipe their driver’s license through the vending machine in order to verify their age and identity before they are allowed to make any type of purchase. Alongside this, there will be multiple cameras covering all angles of the machine to ensure that anyone making a purchase is in fact the same person that their license claims.

Greg Honan, owner of Herbal Elements, the dispensary slated to make the vending machine debut says, “We’re looking forward to using the Zazz machine to easily track all inventory…we’re going to eliminate the middle man.”

Arizona 420 Festival Canceled

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Hotel management has canceled the Arizona 420 Festival less than 24 hours before its scheduled kickoff.

The hotel alleged “breach of contract” and “payment default” on the part of the festival’s promoter.

A press release sent Thursday announced the Arizona 420 Festival’s cancellation by Crowne Plaza general manger Adam Stanchina, who pulled the plug on the event.

 

Uruguay Marijuana

Uruguay is making its case for coolest country on the planet (again) with the announcement that they will be allowing inmates to use marijuana with a doctor’s recommendation.

Julio Calzada, Uruguay’s drug czar and architect of the legal marijuana infrastructure, announced to The Associated Press this week that any inmate with a doctor recommendation for marijuana to improve their mental or physical condition will be permitted to smoke while in custody.

Meanwhile, Daniel Olesker, the social development minister announced that medicinal marijuana will also be introduced into the public health system, meaning that marijuana will soon be available alongside such eastern style medicines as acupuncture.

Uruguay hopes to have everything in regards to their legal marijuana venture wrapped up in the next couple of weeks; however actual legalization won’t take place until year’s end.

Arizona Dispensary
Arizona has a record-high number of state-licensed medical marijuana dispensaries operating throughout Arizona.

The Arizona Medical Marijuana Act allows for up to 126 dispensaries to open. Nearly 80 dispensaries are now open in Arizona, and many more plan to open in 2014.

“Arizona’s medical marijuana industry is predicted to enlarge significantly in 2014,” stated a spokesperson for Hemp American Media Group.

Arizona currently has 50,000 medical marijuana patients and almost 80 dispensaries. Over 70% of patients have chronic pain listed as their qualifying condition and the majority of patients are males.

“As dispensaries become more common place in Arizona, the amount of interest and awareness by the public continues to increase.” stated an industry professional.

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The Arizona 420 Festival

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The Arizona 420 Festival is a 3-day event from April 18th – 20th to celebrate the medical marijuana industry in Arizona.

This event is for anyone 18 and older (medical marijuana patients and non-patients). Parts of the event are free while some parts (live music, etc) are paid entry only.

The 2014 Festival is being held this year at the 17,000 square foot, 258 rooms Crowne Plaza Hotel with 5 stages of national & local live entertainment, 2 night clubs spinning your favorites all night long, 2 pool parties going on 24 hours a day, national and local education speakers and classes, a 52 room delivery mall for patients and the patient’s choice awards, a 52 booth vendor expo that for the first time being opened to the public for free both Saturday and Sunday with the people’s choice awards, and the Sunday Sidewalk Job Fair that is open free to both job seekers and companies looking to hire new employees.

The Festival also entails: The Arizona Grower’s Cup, The Green Carpet Awards, Soulman’s 420 Pool Party, The Arizona 420 Expo, and the Sunday Sidewalk Job Fair.

More info:  www.arizona420festival.com

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Maryland Decriminalizes Marijuana

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Maryland Marijuana

Lawmakers in Maryland put the finishing touches on two marijuana reform bills this week.

One of the bills will fix multiple problems found within the medical marijuana law established in 2013; for instance, patients are not allowed to cultivate their own marijuana and must obtain marijuana from only sanctioned hospitals. While the second bill will decriminalize possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana regardless of whether or not you are a state recognized patient.
The senate vote passed the second bill with a count of 34 to 8, which would enact a fine of $100 for possession of under 10 grams of marijuana. This fine would increase with each additional ticket received.

Governor Martin O’Malley who was previously hesitant about signing the bill into effect has recently stated that he will in fact sign the bill. O’Malley stated on Monday “The General Assembly has decided after much consideration and with clear majorities in both Chambers to send to my desk a bill that would decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana, and I plan to sign it.” O’Malley hopes that by signing this bill, Washington D.C. will shift its focus to more serious matters like public safety.

 

 

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Marijuana businesses have many uncommon hurdles and challenges than other businesses. Among others are difficulties with opening a bank account and operating within state and federal laws. But experienced advisors, such as Canna Financial Advisors, can help marijuana businesses handle certain obstacles in a professional manner.

Canna Financial Advisors has years of experience and a record of helping marijuana-related businesses maintain compliance and steady growth. They offer tax planning, bookkeeping and payroll, as well as strategic planning and other services.

Start ups and established marijuana businesses can get professional help and maximum potential as well as have assurance that their state and federal taxes are filed appropriately and timely.

 

 

Arizona Marijuana

The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) has released a report with Arizona marijuana industry statistics for the first quarter of 2014.

The report reveals transaction data from active medical marijuana patients (cardholders) in Arizona.

In summary, the report highlights that there are currently just over 48,000 medical marijuana patients, and 70% of them are males. The majority of those males are within two age brackets: 18 – 30 and 51 – 60 years of age. The biggest purchasers of medical marijuana are patients in the 18 – 30 year old bracket.

The data also reveals, not too surprisingly, that Fridays are when most medical marijuana transactions occur.

View the ADHS Marijuana Report Q1 2014

 

 

 

 

Marijuana Industry Job Board

High Times magazine has taken note of the growing marijuana industry job market with an article about 420careers.com, an online marijuana industry job board where job seekers can browse and apply for jobs and employers can post available jobs.

420careers.com has announced that due to the massive expanse of the marijuana industry, jobs being offered in the marijuana industry are at an all-time high. With so many new states allowing medical marijuana and many more that will likely do so in the very near future, demand to get into such a “growing” industry just makes sense.

The combination of the recreational marijuana industry with the medical marijuana industry could prove to net over $2 billion in sales in 2014 alone, and that number is only going to get bigger. Reports have shown that as many as 15 states could legalize marijuana to some degree by 2018, which could generate upwards of $10 billion annually.

Job seekers can apply for jobs directly through 420careers.com, while employers can freely post whatever available openings that they may have. The majority of jobs being filled right now are in the dispensary field; whether working behind the counter as a “budtender” or actually getting your hands dirty on the cultivation side of things, 420careers.com is the place to go if working with marijuana is your passion.

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