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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.

View all Arizona dispensaries.

 

The Arizona 420 Festival

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Marijuana Event AZ

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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Marijuana Edibles Arizona

Arizona’s medical marijuana patients will now have access to more types of marijuana-infused edibles at state-licensed dispensaries.

Judge Katherine Cooper has officially ruled that using marijuana concentrates (oils, hash, keif, dabs, waxes, etc) to make medical marijuana edibles such as drinks, candies, cookies, and other marijuana-infused foods is legal in Arizona.

“It is undisputed that medical marijuana is intended to be used by patients to treat chronic, debilitation, and/or painful conditions,” the judge Cooper wrote, listing conditions in the law ranging from cancer to nausea to seizures and chronic pain.

“It makes no sense to interpret the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act as allowing people with these conditions to use medical marijuana but only if they take it in one particular form,” said Cooper. “Such an interpretation reduces, if not eliminates, medical marijuana as a treatment option for those who cannot take it in plant form, or could receive a greater benefit from an alternative form.”

Cooper also noted that the law specifically allows the use of marijuana “and any mixture or preparation thereof.”

“These words expand the allowable manipulation of the plant,” stated Cooper. “To conclude that patients can only use unmanipulated plant material would render the phrase meaningless.”

Most noteworthy, Judge Cooper pointed out the voter-approved statute states that marijuana can be prepared “for consumption as food or drink.”

This ruling will allow state-licensed dispensaries to make marijuana edibles with any version of concentrates available; thus leading to more products available for medical marijuana patients.

Marijuana Edibles

 

 

Marijuana PTSD

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave the green-light for the University of Arizona to study marijuana’s beneficial effects on PTSD, but a state Senator has single-handedly blocked the study.

State Senator Kimberly Yee of Phoenix says she will not let the study even be consider for approval because she’s scared the backers of the study are only trying to legalize marijuana.

“Both myself and numerous community leaders have reached out to members of the senate regarding this bill, and Kimberly Yee is the only one who has not even returned my phone call. It is unfortunate for the democratic process that one person has chosen to not hear the bill” said Republican Ethan Orr, the bill’s house sponsor.

Read article: “Feds Approve University of Arizona’s Study on PTSD.”

 

 

 

Tempe Marijuana

A large property specifically purchased in order to attract medical marijuana companies has been finalized in Tempe, Arizona this past week. Real estate company Zoned Properties, has made a name for itself in the Arizona area by catering to marijuana businesses over the last couple of years, and their new 5 million dollar property deal is their biggest to date.

It’s easy to see that property locations similar to this five-acre industrial park in Tempe are worth the investment when you look at other marijuana-friendly cities like Denver and how quickly similar properties’ values are increasing. Many of these properties are going for nearly four times the average, simply as a result of the potential for medical marijuana cultivation centers.

As is the case when medical marijuana moves into any residential area, developers are being careful not to upset the already existent community by keeping them involved. Bryan McLaren, Chief Sustainability Officer of Zoned Properties said “the facility will be managed with the utmost attention to detail and operational compliance increasing the overall prosperity for our neighbors and our community.”

The new office space is expected to lease space to multiple medical marijuana related businesses, such as doctors offices or cultivation centers.

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