Arizona Medical Marijuana News and Info
Phoenix Democrat and Assistant House Minority Leader Ruben Gallego announced his plan to introduce a marijuana legalization bill during the next legislative session.
Gallego stated he is working on a bill “that would regulate and tax marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol.” He says the bill will allow anyone 21 years of age or older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and have no more than five plants.
The bill would be similar toestablished in Colorado and Washington which have legalized marijuana for adult use.
A ban on smoking marijuana in public and regulations for the retail sale of marijuana will be proposed in the bill, along with an excise tax on sales, which will “distribute the tax proceeds to fund public education and treatment programs for alcohol and drug abuse, with half of the money going to the state general fund.”
Gallego recently stated that “The issue of marijuana regulation is pragmatic. Regulating marijuana takes sales off the street and puts them in a controlled environment. Ultimately, this will helpenforcement, especially in times when resources are limited. About 750,000 Americans were arrested for marijuana-related offenses in 2012, and the majority of those arrests were simply for possession. Law enforcement officers’ time and resources would be better spent addressing serious crimes, so that we are all safer. Additionally, we can use some of the money generated from the sales to pay for public education and treatment programs for alcohol and drug abuse.”
Safer Arizona is a group that is sponsoring an initiative to amend Arizona’s constitution to allow for legalized, taxed, and regulated Cannabis (marijuana and industrial ) use and commerce. The group needs to gather over 300,000 valid voters’ signatures by July 2014 to qualify for the November 2014 ballot.
The Marijuana Policy Project is also attempting to legalize marijuana in Arizona.
Arizona dispensaries now have the ability to open their at any location, except within 500 feet of schools, rules Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Micheal Gordon.
Judge Gordon ruled that Maricopa County failed to create reasonable zoning standards in compliance with state, so they are now forbidden from enforcing any zoning regulations or restrictions on medical marijuana dispensaries.
The only restriction for dispensaries is that they must be further than 500 feet from schools.
Arizona dispensaries will now be able to open next to grocery stores, malls, or in strip malls, for example. Whereas before, strict zoning restrictions forced dispensaries to open in industrial areas, such as airparks.
This all started with a lawsuit which began in 2012 when White Mountain Health Center, a should-be, and Jeffrey Kaufman sued Maricopa County after the county’s zoning department refused to assist White Mountain Health Center in complying with the state’s dispensary licensing requirements. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the ACLU of Arizona also assisted Jeffrey Kaufman as co-counsel in the case.
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Judge Katherine Cooper has officially ruled to whether Arizona’s medical marijuana patients have a constitutional right to cultivate marijuana.
Judge Cooper rejected the attempted challenge to a provision in the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act which states that patients must live further than 25 miles from ain order to legally cultivate marijuana.
She claims the provision does not limit their healthcare rights, stating thatare not a healthcare system because they do not manage, process, enroll or pay for healthcare services for qualifying patients.
This ruling will require that the over 95 percent of Arizona’s medical marijuana patients who live within 25 miles of a dispensary will have to purchase their medicine from any of the nearly 100 state-licensed dispensaries currently open.
This article is a continuation of the article: “Arizona Cultivation Law Could Change.”
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A new report revealed that 25 Arizona doctors are accountable for writing medical marijuana certifications to more than 25,000 Arizonans to become medical marijuana patients.
The 25 doctors are responsible for about 70 percent of the medical marijuana certifications issued in a 12-month period during 2012-2013.
Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) Director Will Humble said the evidence clearly shows a development of “certification mills.” Humble said it is possible the medical marijuana certifications issued during that 12-month period are legitimate. He noted that many general practitioners are hesitant to write marijuana certifications, possibly due to a lack of information about the drug, or concerns about the federal government revoking their medical licenses.
Such a resilience from general practitioners to certify Arizonans for medical marijuana is probably the leading cause that “pushes the patients to the certification mill physicians” stated Humble.
The ADHS found that 472 doctors state-wide have issued all medical marijuana certifications in Arizona and a vast majority of them are from naturopaths. Currently, Arizona has over 40,000 medical marijuana patients.
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Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery is attempting the felony prosecution of anpatient for possession of one (1) candy.
The patient received a letter from the County Attorney’s Office stating it intends to prosecute him. He is facing one felony “narcotic violation” charge for possessing the edible. This is all happening because of a traffic stop in which police found the candy in the patient’s possession.
Montgomery and other Arizona prosecutors theorize that the voter-approved Medical Marijuana Act does not legalize marijuana concentrates (i.e., teas, oils, etc).
An upcoming lawsuit in Arizona filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) could change the marijuana concentrates laws in Arizona, making medical marijuana patients able to possess and consume edibles and other concentrates.
A court decision favorable to the ACLU would be a major victory for Arizona’s medical marijuana patients and industry, allowing medical marijuanato legally offer more diverse and medicinally beneficial types of medical marijuana products, such as oils, teas, edibles, and products high in content.
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There are only a few places for medical marijuana patients to legally get medical marijuana in Arizona: 25-mile rule means that about 95% of Arizona’s medical marijuana patients must purchase their medicine from a state-licensed Arizona if they are to be in accordance with state ., caregivers, or (i.e. patient to patient exchange). Remember, Arizona’s
But first, you need to get a medical marijuana card from a licensed Arizona doctor to you can legally possess and consume medical marijuana in Arizona. Find in Arizona.
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Arizonawill be able to sell medical marijuana extracts and without fear of legal consequences if a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) proves successful.
A favorable court decision would be a huge victory for Arizona’s medical marijuana industry. It would allow medical marijuana dispensaries to legally offer more diverse types of medical marijuana products, such as oils and edibles.
The suit was filed by the ACLU in an attempt to protect the parents of a five year old boy with severe epilepsy from criminal prosecution for supplying their child with marijuana-derived oil. The suit requests the court to officially rule that marijuana extracts are covered under Arizona’s medical marijuana .
“When Arizona’s voters said yes to legalizing medical marijuana in 2010, they intended for sick people to have access to this medication in forms like extracts, which are easier to ingest and can be more accurately dosed than simple plant material,” it says in the suit. The lawsuit also notes that the marijuana extraction process “allows producers to isolate the most medicinally valuable constituents of the plan and provide them to patients in a form that can be taken in precise doses and has no psychoactive effect.”
A large majority of revenues at dispensaries in other medical marijuana states come from marijuana extracts and concentrates, such as edibles, hash, kief, and oils.Relief of Colorado has mentioned that 50% of its sales are from edibles, extracts and concentrates; whereas 2 years ago they made up just 10% of sales.
In Arizona, these extracts, as well as edibles made with them, are stuck in a legal gray area. Police find them illegal, while the Arizona Department of Health Services is in limbo; although, they have stated that they are “developing guidance to clarify these issues for licensed dispensaries. The guidance will provide clarity regarding extraction processes for mixing and/or preparing edibles and liquid suspensions from the dried flowers of the marijuana plant. We expect to have the guidance sometime in October .” The guide is nowhere to be found. Meanwhile, Arizona dispensaries sell edibles, but they risk legal repercussions, depending on what the edibles consist of.
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery has indicated that Arizona’sdo not allow for such marijuana products, so he threatens prosecution against medical marijuana patients and Arizona dispensary owners. However, the industry argues that extracts are covered under the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (AMMA), falling under the catch-all term of “useable marijuana.” Arizona’s law states “dried flowers of the marijuana plant, and any mixture or preparation thereof…” are legal.
Three petitions to add new qualifying medical conditions for medical marijuana in Arizona are being reviewed and addressed at a public hearing in October. The three medical conditions being assessed are: migraines, PTSD, and depression.
The public hearing will be on Tuesday, October 29th from 9am to 12pm at the State Lab Conference Room, 250 N. 17th Ave, Phoenix.
The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) accepts these petitions biannually to potentially add qualifying medical conditions for patients. The medical conditions being petitioned must have scientific, peer-reviewed studies that prove marijuana has helped people with the conditions.
These three potential qualifying conditions have been considered previously. And the University of Arizona College of Public Health will re-review them and see if new information is available.
Recent research has become available concerning marijuana’s effectiveness in treating PTSD. States such as Connecticut, Delaware,, and Oregon have added PTSD to their list of qualifying conditions. Other medical marijuana states are currently considering adding PTSD as a qualifying condition as well.