Arizona Medical Marijuana News

Arizona: Bill Seeks Buffer Between Medical Pot Facilities And Homes, Schools, Churches

Verde Independent

March 7th, 2015
PHOENIX - Citing the case of a medical marijuana-cultivation facility approved for a site across a canal from homes in north Phoenix, a state lawmaker to establish a buffer.

Arizona: Arizona House Fails To Adopt Bill To Push Out Medical Pot Growers

ABC 15 News

March 4th, 2015
PHOENIX - The House has failed to approve a bill pushing medical marijuana growing facilities farther away from schools, churches and neighborhoods. Rep. Bob Thorpe of Flagstaff says he designed the bill on behalf of constituents worried the growing facilities will lower their property values.

Arizona: Navajo Lawmaker Firm On Stance Against Legalizing Marijuana

The San Diego Union-Tribune

March 4th, 2015
WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — A lawmaker on the country's largest American Indian reservation has introduced a bill to reaffirm the tribe's stance against legalizing marijuana. Navajo Nation Council Delegate Edmund Yazzie says legalizing marijuana for medical or recreational use contradicts Navajo values and tradition.

Arizona: Report - 10 Tons Of Medical Pot Consumed In AZ

Arizona Daily Star

January 16th, 2015
Arizona’s more than 63,000 medical marijuana patients ate, drank or smoked more than 10 tons of the drug last year. That’s the equivalent of about seven Volkswagen Beetles, more than 2,300 gallons of milk — or, if you prefer, in excess of 40,000 8-ounce bags of Cheetos.

Arizona: State Capitol Protest Calls For Legalization Of Marijuana

The Arizona Republic

January 12th, 2015
About 125 people from across Arizona gathered in front of the State Capitol on Monday morning to protest current marijuana laws and call for its legalization. The protest organized by the advocacy group Safer Arizona was one of many planned for the first day of the 2015 Legislative session.

Arizona: Arizona Lawmaker Proposes Legalizing Pot

The Arizona Republic

January 7th, 2015
Recreational marijuana use could be legal in Arizona by this summer if the Legislature and Gov. Doug Ducey approve a plan introduced by a Phoenix lawmaker. The legislation will be a long shot under the conservative-led Legislature. But Rep. Mark Cardenas, D-Phoenix, said he has some strong arguments. Among them is the possibility of nearly $50 million in potential tax revenue that could offset a looming $1 billion budget shortfall.

Arizona: Tribes Tread Carefully Into Marijuana Discussions

San Francisco Chronicle

December 22nd, 2014
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation had bitter debates when it was deciding whether to allow casinos on the reservation and if alcohol should be sold in them. The arguments focused on the revenue and jobs casinos and liquor could bring to a reservation where half the workforce is unemployed and most arrests and pervasive social ills are linked to alcohol abuse.

Arizona: 2nd Ruling - Pot Law Doesn't Provide DUI Immunity

San Francisco Chronicle

November 5th, 2014
PHOENIX (AP) — Another court ruling says Arizona residents who have medical marijuana cards allowing them to legally smoke pot can still be prosecuted under laws against driving under the influence while having marijuana in their system.

Arizona: Court - Marijuana Law Doesn't Give DUI Immunity

The Arizona Republic

October 21st, 2014
The Arizona Court of Appeals on Tuesday ruled the state's medical marijuana law doesn't give drivers immunity from prosecution if there is marijuana or its chemical compound in the body.

Arizona: Arizona Lawmaker Plans Bill To Legalize Marijuana

San Francisco Chronicle

October 13th, 2014
PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona lawmaker plans to introduce a proposal next year to legalize recreational marijuana before a similar proposal could get decided by voters in 2016.

Arizona: Arizona Judge Upholds Denial For Marijuana Grower

SF Chronicle

August 17th, 2014
PHOENIX (AP) — An administrative law judge in Phoenix denied a Gold Canyon man's effort this month to keep growing medical marijuana at his home in spite of his proximity to a dispensary.

Arizona: Ruling Disallows Probation Ban On Medical Pot Use

San Francisco Chronicle

July 28th, 2014
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A new court ruling says Arizona judges can't order people on probation to not use medical marijuana.

Arizona: Cancellation Of Only Active Medical Marijuana Study A Blow To Researchers

Record Searchlight

July 17th, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Medical cannabis use is recognized legally in almost half of the states, yet getting approval to study the health benefits of the drug is harder than getting a medical marijuana license.

Arizona: Medical Marijuana Update

Drug War Chronicle

July 16th, 2014
A CBD cannabis oil bill becomes law in Missouri, the District of Columbia expands its medical marijuana program, Michigan prepares to improve its program, Berkeley will provide free medical marijuana for the poor and homeless, an LA medical marijuana farmers' market gets an injunction slapped on it, and more. Let's get to it:

Arizona: Arizona Health Director Allows Use Of Pot For PTSD

San Francisco Chronicle

July 9th, 2014
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona residents who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder will be able to legally use marijuana to help alleviate their symptoms under a decision announced Wednesday by the state's top health official.

Arizona: Medical Marijuana Research Hampered

Digital Journal

July 5th, 2014
Molly Cooke, a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, has said that many claims about medical marijuana are limited by a lack of experimental data. The reason for this is due to laws hampering research.

Arizona: Pot Researcher Abruptly Fired By University Of Arizona

Los Angeles Times

July 1st, 2014
The University of Arizona has abruptly fired a prominent marijuana researcher who only months ago received rare approval from federal drug officials to study the effects of pot on patients suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.

Arizona: UA Marijuana Researcher Fired, Claims Political Motivation

Arizona Capitol Times

July 1st, 2014
After years of planning, Dr. Sue Sisley felt surer than ever that her University of Arizona study into marijuana’s treatment potential for post-traumatic stress would actually happen.

Arizona: Medical Marijuana Update

Drug War Chronicle

June 11th, 2014
Congressional Democrats who voted wrong on medical marijuana catch some flak, California continues to struggle with regulating medical marijuana, while other states struggle to get bills passed. Let's get to it:

Arizona: Arizona Judge Rules Pot Can Be Used For PTSD

The Modesto Bee

June 7th, 2014
A court ruling filed this week has added post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of debilitating conditions that qualify for medical marijuana treatment. State Department of Health Services Director Will Humble has until July 9 to accept, modify or reject an administrative law judge's ruling that PTSD sufferers are eligible for a medical marijuana registration card.