phoenix

warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/hemporg/public_html/news/modules/taxonomy/taxonomy.pages.inc on line 34.

Arizona: Marijuana Tax Revenue Would Likely Exceed Initiative Backers' Estimate of $40 Million

J.P.Holyoak[AZCapitolTimes]

An independent Arizona-based research organization on Tuesday reported a proposed 2016 ballot measure to regulate and tax marijuana like alcohol would likely raise more revenue for education in Arizona than initiative backers originally estimated.

According to the Grand Canyon Institute, a “centrist think-thank led by a bipartisan group of former state lawmakers, economists, community leaders, and academicians,” tax revenue from the initiative would initially generate $64 million annually, including $51 million for K-12 education and all-day kindergarten programs. It estimates that by 2019, once the new system is fully rolled out, it would raise $72 million per year, including approximately $58 million for public education.

The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol on August 19 announced that it had conservatively estimated that the initiative would raise more than $40 million in tax revenue for public education in Arizona. The estimate was called into question by opponents, and the Arizona Republic published an editorial in which it called the estimate a “lie” and accused the campaign of exaggerating the initiative’s revenue potential.

“The Grand Canyon Institute…finds that the revenue projections were conservative as proponents claimed,” the report reads. “The revenue gains do exceed the $40 million espoused by proponents of the initiative.”

Arizona: Cannabis Expo Offers Free Admission For Dispensary and Cultivation Owners In SW

KatherineGrimmHighProfits[Twitter]

Regional dispensary and cultivation center owners will receive free admission to the inaugural Southwest Cannabis Conference & Expo (SWCCE) on October 27 and 28 at the Phoenix Convention Center, according to Rory Mendoza, executive director of the first-ever cannabis convention in Arizona.

The complimentary admission tickets are provided through a partnership with MJ Freeway and event organizers and must be reserved online at www.swccexpo.com by October 15. Licensed dispensary and cultivation center owners from Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah and Southern California may qualify.

“Education and community are a cornerstone of our industry,” said Amy Poinsett, cofounder and CEO of MJ Freeway. "Conferences like the Southwest Cannabis Conference & Expo help ensure all regions have access to events that foster leadership, education and community-building.

"MJ Freeway gladly supports the advancement of the cannabis industry through our sponsorship of these types of events," Poinsett said. "The SWCCE is special because cannabis-business owners, the heart of the industry, receive free admission to the event."

MJ Freeway markets seed-to-sale tracking software, with patent-pending inventory control and grow management applications for cannabis businesses. The company provides technology that delivers solutions and compliance accountability for producers, processors, manufacturers, and retailers.

Arizona: Marijuana Legalization Initiative Could Raise $40 Million Annually For Education

ArizonaRegulateMarijuanaLikeAlcohol2016

Backers of a proposed 2016 ballot initiative to regulate and tax marijuana like alcohol estimate the measure would raise more than $40 million annually for education in Arizona. The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol highlighted the potential revenue Wednesday by presenting the state with a jumbo-sized check during a “back-to-school” news conference in front of the state capitol.

“Our schools are in serious need of funding, and taxing marijuana would create a significant new revenue stream,” said State Sen. Martin Quezada, a member of the Pendergast Elementary School District Governing Board who spoke at the news conference. “Marijuana sales are going to keep taking place regardless of whether this initiative passes or fails. But only if it passes will they raise tens of millions of dollars each year for public education in Arizona.”

The proposed initiative would enact a 15 percent excise tax on marijuana sales from licensed retail stores to adults 21 years of age and older, which would be used to fund the implementation and enforcement of regulations. Of any additional tax revenue collected, 40 percent would be allocated to the Department of Education for school construction, maintenance, and operating costs, and 40 percent would be allocated to the Department of Education for full-day kindergarten programs.

Arizona: Southwest Cannabis Conference To Put Spotlight On Booming Marijuana Industry

SouthwestCannabisConference(logo)

This October 27 and 28, the inaugural Southwest Cannabis Conference & Expo kicks off at the Phoenix Convention Center with more than 300 floor exhibits, interactive workshops, leading industry guest speakers, a job fair, business-to-business networking and more. The event is expected to draw tens of thousands of attendees from all over the Southwest.

“The subject of this convention is too important to overlook,” said Rory Mendoza, executive director of the event. “The U.S. market for legal cannabis grew by 74 percent last year alone, according to researchers at the ArcView Group.”

Anyone interested in learning more about the wealth of business and employment opportunities presented by the booming $2.7 billion legal marijuana industry is invited to attend. “We’re expecting visitors from California to Texas and beyond in large part
because several of our states are evaluating policy and legislation affecting medical and recreational cannabis usage,” said Mendoza. “This conference is designed to allow policy makers and national industry leaders, investors, business executives, health experts, job seekers and entrepreneurs a place to learn, share ideas and connect with others on the national cannabis scene.”

Arizona: Appeals Court Says Marijuana Smell Not Enough For Cops To Bust In

CopsKnockingDownDoor[GiggsTickTockVideo-Genius.com]

By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

The smell of marijuana is no longer enough for police to get a warrant and bust down the door, the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled on Wednesday.

The judges, in a split decision, acknowledged that the odor of cannabis, whether fresh or just smoked, had formerly been enough to provide the cops with probable cause that a crime was taking place, giving the basis to go to a judge to get a warrant for permission to enter and determine the source of the smell. But Judge Peter Eckerstrom, writing the majority opinion, said that all changed in 2010 when voters approved the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act.

"Medical marijuana use pursuant to AMMA is lawful under Arizona law," Judge Eckerstrom wrote. "Therefore its scent alone does not disclose whether a crime has occurred."

The smell of marijuana, absent other evidence, doesn't provide the consitutional basis for a search, Eckerstrom wrote. Instead, the court set up what is being called an "odor-plus" standard of probable cause.

The ruling is considered a huge setback for police and prosecutors who until now have found that claiming they smell marijuana comes in quite handy when they want to search a location but have flimsy or nonexistent evidence upon which to base such a search.

“Were we to adopt the state’s suggestion that scent alone furnishes probable cause of a crime, medical marijuana patients would become second-class citizens, losing their rights to privacy and security, including privacy within their own homes,” Judge Eckerstrom reasonably wrote.

Arizona: New Poll Shows Majority Support For Ending Marijuana Prohibition

ArizonaRegulateMarijuanaLikeAlcohol2016

Behavior Research Center’s latest Rocky Mountain Poll finds 53% support making marijuana legal for adults; just 39% are opposed

An independent poll released on Wednesday shows a majority of Arizona residents support ending marijuana prohibition.

The Behavior Research Center’s latest Rocky Mountain Poll found 53 percent of Arizonans support making possession of a small amount of marijuana legal for personal use. Just 39 percent are opposed.

Support outpaced opposition in all three of the geographical areas that were surveyed: 53-38 in Maricopa County; 47-43 in Pima County; and 58-38 in Rural Arizona. The survey of 701 Arizonans was conducted from April 29-May 15 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.8 percent.

“Arizonans are fed up with the failed policy of marijuana prohibition,” said J.P. Holyoak, chairman of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, which is supporting a statewide ballot initiative to end marijuana prohibition in Arizona and replace it with a system in which marijuana is regulated and taxed similarly to alcohol. “They do not think adults should be punished just for consuming a substance that is objectively less harmful than alcohol.

"It’s time for a more sensible approach, and that’s what our initiative proposes,” Holyoak said.

The campaign has collected more than 15,000 signatures since launching its petition drive three weeks ago. It must gather more than 150,000 valid signatures of registered Arizona voters to qualify the initiative for the November 2016 ballot.

Arizona: Fourth Largest Cultivation Facility Continues Expansion

ScientificBotanicalLeasingFacility

Scientific Botanical Leasing on Friday announced that its North Central Phoenix retail dispensary is currently under construction.

The medicinal cannabis dispensary was awarded and will service the North Phoenix territory encompassing approximately 138 square miles straddling the I-17 Freeway North of the 101 Freeway.

The facility is located on Happy Valley Rd. and 7th Avenue approximately 1-1/2 miles from the I-17 Freeway and a 500,000 square foot outdoor shopping mall.

The dispensary is supported with products from the company’s state-of-the-art 40,000 square foot cultivation and product manufacturing facility located two miles south at the Deer Valley Airport, in Phoenix.

Both the North Phoenix dispensary and cultivation facility are slated to come on line August 1.

Scientific Botanical Leasing owns and manages medical marijuana dispensary and cultivation facilities that are leased to state licensed dispensaries.

Arizona: Ballot Initiative To Legalize, Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Filed

Arizona-LegalizeIt.RegulateIt.TaxIt.GrowTheEconomy.

A statewide ballot initiative to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana like alcohol in Arizona will be filed on Friday with the Office of the Arizona Secretary of State.

Representatives of a unified coalition of organizations, activists, and marijuana businesses that are supporting the measure will hold a media availability at 1 p.m. MST in front of the Executive Tower of the Arizona State Capitol, prior to submitting the initiative to the Elections Division on the 7th floor.

“It was a long and deliberative drafting process involving a diverse group of stakeholders,” said Carlos Alfaro, Arizona political director for the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP). “There were some bumps in the road, but in the end everyone came together to produce the best possible law for Arizona.

"We are united in this effort to end marijuana prohibition and replace it with a system in which marijuana is regulated and taxed similarly to alcohol,” Alfaro said.

In summary, the Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act would:

• Allow adults 21 years of age and older to possess and privately consume and grow limited amounts of marijuana (it will remain illegal to consume marijuana in public);

• Create a system in which licensed businesses can produce and sell marijuana to adults and establish a Department of Marijuana Licenses and Control to regulate the cultivation, manufacturing, testing, transportation, and sale of marijuana;

• Provide local governments with the authority to regulate and prohibit marijuana businesses; and

Arizona: Governor Vetoes 'Secret Police' Bill; Civil Rights Advocates Rejoice

ACLUofArizonaWhatHappensInArizonaSTOPSinArizona

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday vetoed SB 1445, a bill that would have required law enforcement agencies to conceal police officers’ identities for months following their involvement in violent or deadly incidents.

“Governor Ducey has lived up to his promise to hear the concerns of the community regarding SB 1445, and we want to both thank the Governor and praise him for his openness in directly accepting public feedback concerning this misguided and harmful piece of legislation," said ACLU of Arizona Executive Director Alessandra Soler. "We also want to thank the members of the Gov. Ducey’s staff who, last week, graciously accepted the ACLU’s letter opposing SB 1445, signed by more than three-dozen community leaders and local, statewide and national organizations, along with a petition calling for the veto of SB 1445 signed by over 2,500 concerned Arizonans and others from around the country."

“We are grateful that Gov. Ducey considered the dangerous ramifications of this bill, for both law enforcement and the public," Soler said. "This proposal would have taken Arizona in the wrong direction, by exacerbating distrust between communities and the public safety officers responsible for protecting them, while at the same time eroding the transparency that is critical to our democracy."

U.S.: Domain Broker Offers Dot Coms For Marijuana Industry

NealSutz

Eighteen-year veteran domain broker Neal Sutz of Phoenix, Arizona on Tuesday released his list of available dot com domain names for the cannabis industry.

“There are very few industries which can take advantage of the enormous benefits of using a 'generic' dot com domain name to strengthen their brands and increase their profits than can the MJ industry,” Sutz said.

As dispensaries, both medical and recreational, are buying up 'generic' dot com domain names for both their online and offline marketing efforts, Sutz’s domains are of particular interest to those in the marijuana industry.

Included in his offering are the following domain names:

TheMedicalMarijuanaCard.com

MedicalMarijuanaIDCards.com

LegalRecreationalPot.com

MedicinalEdible.com

WholesaleMedicalCannabis.com

RecreationalPotDispensary.com

CAMedicalMarijuanaCard.com (and the plural of this domain)

ORMarijuanaDispensary.com

NVMarijuanaCard.com

NVMarijuanaDispensary.com

While some of Sutz’s marijuana domains are of a premium quality, demanding considerable investment from their new owners, many of the domains offered are priced starting from only $500 each.

“I say to all those who are in the MJ industry…there are no better domains on the market for sale in the MJ industry than the domains I am offering today and based upon those I have sold already," Sutz said. "I anticipate the remainder of my MJ domain collection will be sold out by the end of this week.

Arizona: Community To Rally Tuesday Against Secret Police Bill

PoliceStateIsASafeState

Petition with more than 2,400 signatures demanding veto to be delivered to Gov. Ducey

Community groups will be rallying outside Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s office Tuesday afternoon to speak out against SB 1445, a proposal that would require law enforcement agencies to conceal police officers’ identities for months following their involvement in violent or deadly incidents.

During the rally, a petition with more than 2,400 signatures will be delivered to Gov. Ducey’s office demanding he veto this legislation if it reaches his desk.

This bill is unnecessary, takes discretion away from local officials, promotes mistrust of the police and threatens Arizona’s proud tradition of open government, according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona. Furthermore, police officers’ extraordinary powers are much more likely to be abused when their use is concealed from the public.

WHAT: Speakers will encourage Gov. Ducey to veto this dangerous legislation if it reaches his desk and address the harm this law would inflict on communities of color, people with mental illness and their families, immigrants, and LGBT people, among others. A representative of the family of Michelle Cusseaux, who was killed by a Phoenix Police officer last summer, and representatives of the community group Justice for Rumain Brisbon, who was fatally shot by a Phoenix Police officer in December, are scheduled to speak.

Arizona: Community Leaders To Speak Out Against 'Secret Police' Bill

SecretPolice

Community leaders in Arizona on Wednesday morning will speak out against Senate Bill 1445, a proposal being considered by the Arizona Legislature that would conceal police officers’ identities following their involvement in violent or deadly incidents.

SB 1445 threatens to further erode trust between law enforcement and communities by undermining the public's ability to hold officers and agencies accountable for abusive behavior. Current law properly balances the public’s right to know with officer privacy.

The stakes are high. If this bill becomes law in Arizona, it will send a harmful message to cities and states across the country that it's appropriate to keep officers' identities secret.

That’s why community leaders are banding together to stop this bill from becoming law.

WHO: Community leaders, including Pastor Warren Stewart, Jr., Rev. Reginald Walton and Phoenix Human Relations Commission Chair Brendan Mahoney

WHAT: Speakers will address the harms of SB 1445 and announce a campaign to encourage Gov. Doug Ducey to veto this dangerous legislation if it reaches his desk.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 10:00 a.m.

WHERE: Bolin Memorial Park, just east of the Arizona Capitol Complex (1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85007).

Graphic: Albany NY a.k.a. Smalbany

U.S.: 420careers.com Says Getting A Job In The Marijuana Industry Easier Than Before

420careers(logo)

420careers.com, which describes itself as "the world's largest marijuana industry job board website," on Friday announced that the marijuana industry is expanding so rapidly it is creating an unprecedented demand for marijuana-related jobs throughout the country, making it easier than ever to find a job in the marijuana industry.

Nearly half of the states in the U.S. have medical marijuana laws implemented or pending, according to the site. And soon five states will allow for recreational marijuana use for adults. It is presumed that five more states will have laws legalizing marijuana for adult recreational use by 2016.

“The rapid growth of the U.S. marijuana industry is generating nearly 1,000 new jobs per month. It is estimated that there are around 10,000 marijuana-related jobs in Colorado alone,” said Dan Kingston, spokesperson for 420careers.com.

Reports predict that 14 states will likely legalize marijuana for adult recreational use by 2018; potentially creating upwards of a $10 billion marijuana industry in the United States.

420careers.com provides a free place where job-seekers can browse and directly apply for marijuana industry jobs, as well as post their resumes for employers to view. Businesses can post available marijuana industry jobs and browse job-seekers’ resumes. Businesses can upgrade their job listing(s) with a Featured Job listing that is displayed and highlighted on 420careers.com’s homepage for only $25.

Arizona: MariMed’s Sara Gullickson Named Co-Chair of Cannabis Industry’s Women Grow Phoenix Chapter

SaraGullickson(WomenGrowPhoenixChapter)

Women are working together to stake a claim in the legal marijuana industry that is projected to generate $21 billion by 2020. The marijuana industry’s rapidly growing Women Grow has named Sara Gullickson as co-chair of its Phoenix Chapter, the second largest chapter of this new organization that connects, educates and empowers cannabis business leaders.

Gullickson, executive director of the DispensaryPermits.com division of MariMed Advisors (a subsidiary of Worlds Online), brings four years of experience as a leader in the medical marijuana (MMJ) industry and nearly a decade of experience strategizing and executing online and traditional marketing campaigns for the health, beauty, medical, dental, fitness and spa industries. She has assisted clients in seven states through the medical marijuana license application process, laying out every aspect of their business strategy from identifying locations all the way through developing product and tracking customer results.

Her work has helped clients earn MMJ cultivation and/or dispensary licenses across the country. In addition, Gullickson launched a free weekly CannaBusiness Webinar series that is a source of information to both novice and experienced MMJ entrepreneurs.

U.S.: Celebrity Cannabis Chef Payton Curry To Join MarijuanaRecipes.com

PaytonCurry(MarijuanaRecipes.com)

Celebrity chef Payton Curry will be taking charge of an upcoming cannabis cooking website featuring infused foods, MarijuanaRecipes.com announced on Wednesday.

The site is set to launch "in the very near future," according to parent company Northsight Capital, Inc. MarijuanaRecipes.com will link to the company's cannabis industry website and mobile phone app, "WeedDepot," delivering content including directions, information, articles and ratings for medicinal and recreational users of cannabis.

Chef Curry has been seen on many popular TV programs in the Phoenix area, including Fox News, Good Morning America, and others. A restaurant owner, Curry has also given instructions on television for the proper use of medical marijuana in the cooking process, and has held local cannabis cooking classes for hundreds of participants.

In addition to developing the marijuana recipes site, Chef Curry will be doing live and video cooking classes, which will be available on www.MarijuanaRecipes.com and www.WeedDepot.com, with worldwide streaming video.

WeedDepot is designed to attract cannabis consumers and to appeal to cannabis related businesses in all 50 states. Cannabis related businesses will be able to advertise and deliver content to consumers through this robust platform set to launch the week of September 4, 2014.

"Northsight does not handle, grow, distribute, sell or manufacture cannabis or cannabis related products," the company notes in a prepared statement.

Arizona: Judge Orders Maricopa County To Pay Marijuana Dispensary's Attorney Fees

ArizonaMedicalMarijuana

By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

An Arizona Superior Court judge has ordered Maricopa County to pay $190,000 in attorney fees for a Sun City medical marijuana dispensary operator who successfully challenged the county's refusal to provide zoning clearance for the facility.

Superior Court Judge Michael D. Gordon also ordered the county to pay an additional $3,700 in other legal costs for White Mountain Health Center, plus another $5,000 penalty for trying to impose a complete prohibition on medical marijuana dispensaries, reports the Associated Press.

Judge Gordon previously ruled that White Mountain's lawsuit that Maricopa County wasn't in compliance with Arizona's medical marijuana law, approved by voters in 2010.

The county is appealing the ruling that allows dispensaries, pointing to federal laws against "marijuana trafficking."

But since the judge's initial ruling, Maricopa County in January approved a new ordinance allowing medical marijuana dispensaries in commercial zones, and cultivation sites in industrial zones.

Graphic: Arizona Medical Marijuana Blog

Arizona: State Senator Blocks Federally Approved Medical Marijuana PTSD Study

AZSenKimberlyYeePhoenixRepublican

By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

The much-talked-about proposed federally approved study about using marijuana to treat military veterans who have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) made headlines when it got a green light from the federal FDA and the Department of Health and Human Services. It even passed the Arizona House of Representatives (the study would be done at the University of Arizona). But one Arizona State Senator, Kimberly Yee, a Republican from Phoenix, has stopped the study in its tracks.

The study, which organizers say is aimed at veterans suffering from PTSD who have not been helped by other treatments, would not be funded with state tax money, but rather through the sale of medical marijuana cards, reports Steve Krafft at Fox 10 News.

Senator Yee, who chairs the Senate Education Committee, the recipient of the bill, had a hearing scheduled for 9 a.m. on Thursday, but Yee said she would not let them consider the study.

Yee is ignoring the testimony of veterans like Ricard Pereyda, who served as a military policeman in Iraq and now suffers from PTSD. He says cannabis helps him cope with the disorder.

"There are a hundred scenarios in my head at any time and using cannabis quiets that; it allows me to go through my day being productive," Pereyda said.

Arizona: Poll Finds Majority In Favor of Legalizing Marijuana

ArizonaStateMarijuanaFlag

By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Almost four years after Arizona's voters legalized medical marijuana, a new poll suggests that a narrow majority favors completely legalizing the herb.

The Behavior Research Center's Rocky Mountain Poll found that 51 percent of respondents said the sale of cannabis should be legal, while 41 percent were opposed and eight percent were unsure, reports Moriah Costa at Cronkite News.

The poll found that support for cannabis legalization is strongest among adults younger than 35, with 61 percent in favor. A majority of those 35 to 54 -- 54 percent -- were also in favor. Among those 55 and older, 52 percent opposed legalization.

Fifty-four percent of self-identified Democrats supported legalization, compared to just 40 percent of Republicans. Among those calling themselves independents, 59 percent favored legalization.

The results show changing attitudes toward marijuana use among Americans, especially young people, according to research director Earl de Berge.

"It reflects a growing trend across the country," de Berge said. "Half of Americans have smoked it at some point."

Two cannabis advocacy groups are gathering signatures in attempts to get legalization on the ballot in Arizona, one aiming for this November and the other for 2016.

Arizona: Democratic Lawmaker Wants To Legalize Marijuana

RepRubenGallegoArizona

By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

The second-ranking Democrat in the Arizona House, saying legislation is better than a voter initiative, wants to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use.

Cannabis advocates are gearing up to put the issue on the 2016 ballot, pointed out Rep. Ruben Gallego of Phoenix, but he wants the issue debated through the legislative process, reports Howard Fischer at Capitol Media Services. Gallego said that lawmakers are better suited to come up with a comprehensive plan, without unforeseen problems, than advocates circulating petitions.

The Arizona Constitution sharply limits tinkering by the Legislature with voter-approved initiatives; such rules were passed after lawmakers twice gutted medical marijuana laws approved by the voters, before voters finally sealed the deal in 2010. Gallego believes, therefore, that any mistakes included in voter initiatives could be difficult to correct after the fact.

Rep. Eddie Farnsworth (R-Gilbert), while admitting that attitudes around marijuana are softening in Arizona and elsewhere, said he's still opposed to legalization. He said just because voters were in favor of it, is no reason for him and others who are against cannabis legalization to vote for it. (Heck, I don't see much reason for voters to elect Farnsworth again, either.)

Arizona: Parents Want Marijuana Extract Legalized For Son, 5; Pressing State Officials

JenniferJacobZanderWelton

By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Marijuana extract has been the most effective treatment for their son's seizures, according to the parents of a 5-year-old boy in Arizona who on Monday filed a lawsuit to force state officials to include cannabis extracts as legal products under the state's medical marijuana law.

Arizona's medicinal cannabis act, approved by voters in 2010, allows patients to use "any mixture or preparation" made with dried marijuana flowers, reports Fernanda Santos of The New York Times. The parents, Jacob and Jennifer Welton, have been crushing flowers and mixing them in with applesauce, but they say that's become difficult for their son, Zander, to eat after brain surgery last year.

They don't want to buy cannabis extract -- available on the black market -- for fear of being arrested.

"We're not criminals," said Jennifer Welton, 30, who works in the enrollment department of the University of Phoenix. "We just want what's best for our son."

Zander's parents decided to ask for medical marijuana for him after seeing a CNN documentary featuring the story of a girl from Colorado whose seizures were almost eliminated after using a cannabidiol-rich (high CBD) strain of cannabis. CBD, while non-psychoactive (there's no "high" associated with it), shares many of the medical benefits of THC.

Syndicate content