Industry Blazers is a periodic Q&A that spotlights Arizona’s talented medical marijuana professionals who influence and grow the industry. Brought to you by a collaboration between AZmarijuana.com and Proven Media. Do you know someone that is an Industry Blazer in Arizona? If so, email us their name and contact info.
Sonia Martinez | Owner, Law Office of Sonia Martinez
For the past thirteen years, Sonia Martinez has been the principal and owner of her small law firm in Mesa, Arizona. She also works in Indian Country and is licensed to practice in over 8 local tribal courts. Her focus on marijuana cases comes in the form of criminal defense as well as protecting her clients in family and dependency courts.
She has been working with small businesses and tribal governments respecting issues with the Arizona’s Medical Marijuana Act since 2010, and is the Vice President of the Arizona Cannabis Lawyer’s Association.
Named as President of the organization “Parents for Responsible Use in 2016,” during the Prop 205 campaign, she also worked as a Board member for “MOMSFORCE,” a group dedicated to educating parents and patients about their rights. Working closely with NORML and the ACLU, she has assisted the community by hosting and acting as a speaker for dozens of legal and educational panels. She is currently working on legal issues affecting caregiver cultivation rights in general, and pregnant medical marijuana patient rights vis-à-vis the Department of Child Safety.
Website: Law Office of Sonia Martinez
What’s your favorite strain?
What talent would you most like to have?
To know when people are lying
Besides being a cannabis industry professional, what’s your dream occupation?
Judge or law professor
Who do you most admire in the industry?
The scientists who develop innovative technologies to make better products
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
My work in educating people about their rights, giving them the information they need to make informed and educated decisions
What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
What’s a goal you hope to achieve in the next year?
Dispense justice fairly as a new Judge Pro Tem
What’s your favorite part about being in the cannabis industry?
Learning the science behind various new technologies that help the industry
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