Arizona

Merger of Arizona MMJ Companies Creates State’s Largest Operator

Arizona-based medical cannabis operator Harvest has merged with cannabis cultivator and supplier Modern Flower, making Harvest the largest medical cannabis operator in the state by giving them more cultivation facilities and dispensary licenses than anyone else in Arizona. Steve White, Harvest CEO, said the deal “allows Harvest to meet the demand from an increasing number of seriously ill patients who are turning to medicinal cannabis to confront a variety of illnesses.” “What I find particularly exciting about this merger is the growth of our Harvest team,” White said in a press release. “We have an incredibly engaged group of team members who are passionately committed to the care of our patients. You can easily see that energy, that genuine desire to improve …

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High-Powered Lobbying Firms Hired for Cannabis Policy Advocacy in D.C.

The New Federalism Fund, a Denver-based nonprofit dedicated to state’s rights issues, has hired consulting firm Trimpa Group to lobby Congress on issues related to the legal cannabis industry, including banking, taxes, appropriations, and law enforcement issues, according to a report from O’Dwyer’s. Members of the NFF include Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, Arizona-based medical cannabis provider Tryke Companies, Seattle-based cannabis private equity firm Privateer Holdings, Colorado-based dispensaries Medicine Man and LivWell Enlightened Health, and cannabis product manufacturers Native Roots and Dixie Elixirs & Edibles. Trimpa Group was founded by Ted Trimpa, a Democratic strategist who The Atlantic called “Colorado’s answer to Karl Rove.” Trimpa, who will personally oversee the NFF account, has been credited as a key architect of the Democratic …

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Opioid Sales Manager Accused of Drug-Pushing is Denied MMJ Access for Opioid Addiction

A former employee of Insys Therapeutics – the makers of opiate sub-lingual spray Subsys who donated $500,000 to the campaign to defeat recreational cannabis legalization in Arizona – has lost a bid to use medical cannabis while on bail to kick his opioid addiction, according to a report from Reuters. Jeffery Pearlman, a former Insys district sales manager, had sought to modify his bail conditions so he could continue using cannabis as recommended by a New Jersey doctor. Pearlman is one of several former Insys employees accused of paying kickbacks to physicians to prescribe Subsys. Pearlman’s lawyers argued that if he was forced to give up his medical cannabis regime, which he uses to treat pain from a spine injury, …

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Cannabis Tax Rates: A State-By-State Guide

Here’s how each state stacks up in terms of state taxes, excises taxes, and wholesale taxes on both medical and retail cannabis. Click on a state to jump down to its tax guidelines. Alaska Medical: No tax Wholesale tax: $50 per oz on flower, $15 per oz for stems/leaves For more information, please visit the Alaska Department of Revenue – Tax Division. Back to top Arizona Medical: 6.6% state tax + 2-3% optional tax in cities For more information, please refer to the Arizona Medical Marijuana Rules & Statutes. Back to top Arkansas For more information, please refer to the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission. Back to top California Medical: Certain medical marijuana sales are tax-exempt Retail: 15% excise tax Wholesale: …

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Drug Smuggling Still Plagues Arizona-Mexico Border, But Cannabis Arrests Are Dropping – News

Despite Donald Trump’s outlandish plan to build a wall on the border in between the U.S. and Mexico, drugs continue to be smuggled, especially in the Southwest region. A recent study on large-scale drug arrests shows that trafficking is more rampant in Arizona than anywhere else.  The report, conducted by data scientist Logan Freedman, found that six out of the top ten areas in which drug-related arrests happen most frequently are located in Arizona. The study looks at comprehensive data from various border ports over the last five years. Although the data shows that incarceration for hard drugs like cocaine, heroin, and meth have risen, it also shows a noticeable decline in cannabis-related arrests. This hints at the possibility that the increase in …

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Leafly List: The Best Cannabis Dispensaries in Arizona, Summer 2017

THE LEAFLY LIST: ARIZONA Summer 2017 The Leafly List ranks the top dispensaries and retail stores in each of the major North American cannabis markets every quarter. This region-specific version is designed to provide helpful, community-based information for cannabis consumers looking for the most relevant dispensaries in Arizona. It highlights the most talked-about locations in the state based on customer feedback metrics* and reviews of each location’s quality, service, and atmosphere. Check out the Leafly List FAQ for more information on how dispensaries are ranked. The Leafly List is based on 100% objective customer feedback and data collected by Leafly. Businesses CANNOT pay for a spot on the list. 2 N. 35th Ave., Phoenix, AZ (Courtesy of The Nirvana Center) The …

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Nevada Governor Signs Legislation Amending Carboxy-THC Per Se Law

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval NORML | June 8, 2017 CARSON CITY, NV — Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval has signed legislation, Assembly Bill 135, amending the state’s traffic safety law so that it is no longer a per se offense for a driver to operate a motor vehicle with trace levels of carboxy-THC in his or her urine. Carboxy-THC is a non-psychoactive metabolite of THC that may be present in urine for weeks or months after past cannabis use. The new law takes effect on July 1, 2017. It keeps in place per se thresholds for the presence of both THC (at levels of 2ng/ml or above) and 11-hydroxy-THC (at levels of 5ng/ml or above) in blood. According to the US National …

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Arizona Drug Rehab Offering Cannabis as Opioid-Exit Treatment

A drug rehabilitation facility in Scottsdale, Arizona is using cannabis to treat people addicted to opioid-based painkillers, ABC15 reports. Physicians at Blue Door Therapeutics are recommending cannabis pills and patches to help with nausea from opioid withdrawal and help stabilize the patient’s underlying condition. Doctors at Blue Door, however, are not encouraging their patients to use smoking as a delivery method because it’s harder for the physicians to monitor dosage. “They have to meet the state’s criteria for participation in the program, and that it will be used responsibly and in a way that’s not habit forming,” Dr. Ravi Chandiramani, Blue Door’s medical director, said in the report. The idea to treat opioid addiction with cannabis came after one of …

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Sleep disturbances predict substance use among college athletes

Preliminary results of a new study show that sleep disturbance is strongly related to the use of alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drugs among student athletes in college. Results show that student athletes with sleep difficulties were 151 percent more likely to use cigarettes, 36 percent more likely to drink alcohol, and 66 percent more likely to smoke marijuana. Sleep difficulties also predict an increased use of controlled, illegal, and banned substances. For example, student athletes with sleep difficulties were 317 percent more likely to use methamphetamine, 349 percent more likely to use cocaine, and 175 percent more likely to use steroids. “The most surprising thing was the consistency with which sleep difficulties among student athletes predict increased use of many …

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