State Fights Lawsuit to Expand Medical Marijuana Growing

Maricopa Monitor:  “A constitutional right to control your own health care is not a right to grow your own medical marijuana, according to an attorney for the state’s top health official.  Gregory Falls is asking Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Katherine Cooper to throw out claims by two men that they are constitutionally entitled to plant, grow and harvest the drug.”

By |2013-10-11T07:28:29-07:00September 24th, 2013|Stories & Articles|Comments Off on State Fights Lawsuit to Expand Medical Marijuana Growing

Murrieta, CA, Bans Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

The Press Enterprise:  “Murrieta officials decided Tuesday, Sept. 17, to keep intact an eight-year ban on medical marijuana dispensaries everywhere in the city, while moving the prohibition to a different section of city law that attorneys say can withstand a legal challenge.

By |2017-10-07T09:56:01-07:00September 18th, 2013|California News, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Murrieta, CA, Bans Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Attorney Argues in Court that Arizona’s Medical Pot Law Doesn’t Grant Right to Grow Own Pot

East Valley Tribune:  “A constitutional right to control your own health care is not a right to grow your own medical marijuana, according to an attorney for the state’s top health official.  Gregory Falls is asking Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Katherine Cooper to throw out claims by two men who say they are constitutionally entitled to plant, grow and harvest the drug.”

By |2013-09-20T08:06:56-07:00September 17th, 2013|AZ Marijuana Law Lawsuits, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Attorney Argues in Court that Arizona’s Medical Pot Law Doesn’t Grant Right to Grow Own Pot

Regulating Medical Marijuana in Illinois Isn’t Easy

ROYT News:  “Even though Illinois has signed a medical marijuana bill into law, the Department of Agriculture has much work to do in regards to regulations.  Marijuana is still illegal according to federal law, which complicates matters. Still, potential growers are clamoring to get in on the ground floor in Illinois, which will limit cultivation centers to 22, and 60 dispensaries. Inspecting and regulating batches of medical marijuana may prove to be too costly and inefficient. Many are concerned that doctors recommending the drug do not understand it well enough.”

By |2017-02-12T07:40:00-07:00September 16th, 2013|Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Regulating Medical Marijuana in Illinois Isn’t Easy

Medical pot: Will Colorado’s “green rush” last?

60 Minutes:  “Twenty states have now legalized the medical use of marijuana for the treatment of things like glaucoma, the effects of chemotherapy, and chronic pain; defying federal laws that still consider marijuana more dangerous than cocaine and methamphetamine. In November, voters in two states, Washington and Colorado, went so far as to approve marijuana recreational use too. . . . if you want to know what legalized marijuana might look like, the place to go is Colorado, which has the most developed medical marijuana industry in the country.”

By |2013-09-16T07:06:39-07:00September 16th, 2013|Colorado News, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Medical pot: Will Colorado’s “green rush” last?

Feds Seek To Corral Medical Marijuana ‘Wild West’

NPR:  “the administration’s hands-off position in Colorado and Washington will reverberate well beyond those states. And it could actually end up imposing some semblance of order in what drug law expert Mark Kleiman describes as the ‘Wild West’ of medical marijuana.  ‘And that would be a potentially very, very good result,’ says Kleiman, who previously worked in the Justice Department’s criminal division and is author of Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know. ‘Medical marijuana is a free-for-all in many states’,”

By |2013-09-16T07:01:57-07:00September 16th, 2013|Colorado News, Federal Dispensary Attacks, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Feds Seek To Corral Medical Marijuana ‘Wild West’

Washington to Change Rules on Where Pot Shops can Locate

KomoNews:  “Washington state is changing its plans for where marijuana businesses can be located, after the Justice Department said that enforcing federal drug laws near schools and playgrounds remains a priority ‘and will not be compromised for convenience’. . . . the DOJ told the board that it will continue enforcing the law as it has been, and any pot business within 1,000 feet of a school or playground – as measured by a straight line – is at risk of prosecution.”

By |2013-09-15T10:42:58-07:00September 15th, 2013|Federal Dispensary Attacks, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Washington to Change Rules on Where Pot Shops can Locate

Marijuana Policy Project to Try to Get Marijuana Legalization on 2016 Arizona Ballot

Phoenix New Times:  “The national Marijuana Policy Project, bolstered by federal approval of state pot-freedom laws, plans to put a Colorado-style legalization initiative on Arizona’s ballot for 2016. It’s part of a master plan to pass similar legalization laws in 10 states by 2017.

By |2013-09-13T07:36:36-07:00September 13th, 2013|AZ Legislation, Legal Issues, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Marijuana Policy Project to Try to Get Marijuana Legalization on 2016 Arizona Ballot

Feds Seek to Legalize Marijuana Industry Banking

Associated Press:  “The Justice Department and federal banking regulators will help clear the way for financial institutions to transact business with the legitimate marijuana industry without fear of prosecution, Deputy Attorney General James Cole told Congress on Tuesday.”

See also “Justice working with banks on how to do business with pot sellers.”

By |2019-06-14T08:27:45-07:00September 10th, 2013|Banking Issues|Comments Off on Feds Seek to Legalize Marijuana Industry Banking

Scottsdale’s First Medical Marijuana Dispensary Opens

Arizona Republic:  “Scottsdale’s only medical-marijuana clinic has opened and is serving 15 to 20 patients a day there to purchase the drug to combat a variety of ailments.  Monarch Wellness, near Via de Ventura and Pima Road, offers a variety of marijuana strains as well as edibles.

By |2019-06-14T08:27:45-07:00September 9th, 2013|Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Scottsdale’s First Medical Marijuana Dispensary Opens

Medical Marijuana Roadmap Paved By DOJ Decision

Huff Post:  “Medical marijuana businesses worried that federal agents will close them down now have a roadmap to avoid prosecution, courtesy of the Justice Department’s decision to allow legal pot in Colorado and Washington state.  The agency said last week that even though the drug remains illegal under federal law, it won’t intervene to block state pot laws or prosecute as long as states create strict and effective controls that follow eight conditions.”

By |2017-02-12T07:40:00-07:00September 7th, 2013|Federal Dispensary Attacks, Legal Issues, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Medical Marijuana Roadmap Paved By DOJ Decision

Can Arizona Employers Fire an Employee for Marijuana Use if the Employee Holds a Medical Marijuana Card?

azcentral.com:  “I am a computer programmer and licensed medical marijuana patient. I only use it at night to help deaden the pain so I can sleep. My new job required me to take a drug test. Two weeks later, they told me I was being fired because I tested positive for marijuana. I showed my employer my prescription card, and later that day, they fired me for being incompetent. I had not received any complaints about my work, so I think they fired me because I use medical marijuana. What are my rights?

By |2013-09-06T07:21:09-07:00September 6th, 2013|Legal Issues, Stories & Articles|2 Comments

Anti-Drug Groups Say Eric Holder’s Position On Marijuana Is Wrong

Huff Post:  “Drug abuse prevention groups asked the U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday how it will know whether its acceptance of recreational marijuana laws in Washington and Colorado affects public health.  In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, the groups said the DOJ’s position is a mistake and they want to know how it will measure the states’ success in meeting enforcement priorities required as part of the federal acceptance.”

By |2017-02-12T07:40:00-07:00September 5th, 2013|Federal Dispensary Attacks, Legal Issues, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Anti-Drug Groups Say Eric Holder’s Position On Marijuana Is Wrong

More Americans are using Marijuana

USA Today:  “Nearly 24 million Americans, about 9.2% of the population, use illicit drugs, and marijuana use is steadily increasing. As the nation takes a softer stance on marijuana, more Americans are using the drug, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health found.  The nationwide survey made public Wednesday found that 7.3% of Americans 12 or older regularly used marijuana in 2012, up from 7% in 2011.”

By |2013-09-04T20:20:08-07:00September 5th, 2013|Miscellaneous, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on More Americans are using Marijuana

New Online Pot Site Wants to Facilitate Connections between Pot Growers & Pot Resellers

An Arizona limited liability company named Wildwood Flowers, LLC, owned by Eddy Stamey is the owner of a new website called “Canna Connect.biz.  The site is “where Persons Authorized to Cultivate can connect confidentially with Licensed Resellers who want access to quality cannabis at wholesale pricing for resale to their patients or customers.”  The site’s business is a very “touchy” area and one that will undoubtedly cause the drug cops to join undercover.

By |2019-06-14T08:27:44-07:00September 4th, 2013|Stories & Articles|Comments Off on New Online Pot Site Wants to Facilitate Connections between Pot Growers & Pot Resellers

Marijuana Marketers Face Resistance From Google, Media Companies

Huffington Post:  “In spite of what you may think, legal pot doesn’t just sell itself, marijuana’s marketers are finding. . . . The marketers said they’re finding much of the media industry remains hostile to pot businesses. Online search giant Google wants nothing to do with them, as do many newspaper publishers. Billboard operators are reluctant to offer them space. Even some pro-marijuana activists said they worry that an out-and-proud embrace of marijuana advertising could spark a reactionary backlash.

By |2013-09-04T07:37:14-07:00September 4th, 2013|Legal Issues, Miscellaneous, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Marijuana Marketers Face Resistance From Google, Media Companies

Denver’s Bad Spice Problem

CBS Denver:  “Health officials are continuing to see people being hospitalized with a bad reaction after taking ‘Spice.’ Police believe a bad batch of Spice is making its way around the Denver metro area and was responsible for sending dozens to the hospital last week. . . . Synthetic marijuana has been banned in Colorado.”

By |2013-09-02T16:17:04-07:00September 2nd, 2013|Colorado News, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Denver’s Bad Spice Problem

20 States + D.C. Have Legalized Medical Marijuana

The ProCon.org website compiled a list of the 20 states that have legalized medical marijuana. The list contains a lot of specific information about the laws of each of the 20 states plus the District of Columbia.

The following states have legalized medical marijuana: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, DC, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington.

By |2013-09-02T15:23:07-07:00September 2nd, 2013|Stories & Articles|Comments Off on 20 States + D.C. Have Legalized Medical Marijuana

Six People Who Have Been Screwed by Obama’s War on Marijuana

Huffington Post:  “Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Thursday that two states will be allowed to go forward with legalizing recreational marijuana use, a major move that could reshape the federal government’s policy on pot. Colorado and Washington state forced Holder’s hand when they made all marijuana use legal in November referendums — while 20 other states have some sort of medical marijuana laws on the books — but every single joint is still illegal under federal law.  Many marijuana reform advocates are hopeful, but they’ve had their hopes dashed before. . . . All along the way, every year since Obama was inaugurated in 2009, the casualties of the war on weed have kept piling up: Growers, patients and you, the American taxpayer.”

By |2013-09-02T07:25:25-07:00September 2nd, 2013|Federal Dispensary Attacks, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Six People Who Have Been Screwed by Obama’s War on Marijuana

Arizona 5 Year Old Gets OK to Use Medical Marijuana

Breitbart.com:  “An Arizona couple was given the green light to use medical marijuana to treat their 5-year-old son who suffers from seizures caused by cortical dysplasia, a genetic brain defect. Jennifer and Jacob Welton recently contacted a naturopathic doctor and started the process to administer legal pot. Tuesday they learned their application had been approved.”

By |2015-04-06T18:57:49-07:00September 1st, 2013|Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Arizona 5 Year Old Gets OK to Use Medical Marijuana

Arizona Medical-Marijuana List of 48 State-Authorized Dispensaries Released by DHS

Phoenix New Times: “Dozens of medical-pot dispensaries dot the state from nearly every corner since the first one, Arizona Organix of Glendale, opened in November. A recent newsletter to patients released by the state Department of Health and obtained by New Times shows the addresses of 48 of these pioneering businesses, which teeter on the edge of a popular state law and a whimsically applied federal prohibition against cannabis.”

Here’s the ADHS list of licensed Arizona medical marijuana dispensaries.  Click on the link to get more information about the dispensary and the people or organizations involved with the entity.  Curious Note:  Three of the dispensaries (MMJ Apothecary, Overgaard Compassion Care and Superior Organix) have names that are not the names of an entity formed in Arizona or of an entity formed outside Arizona that is registered to do business in Arizona.

203 Organix LLC
123 Merritt St.
Prescott, AZ 86301

AAA Medical Marijuana Dispensary LLC
11200 W. Michigan Ave. Ste 5
Youngtown, AZ 85363

All Greens Inc.
13431 W. Westgate Dr. Suite #103
Surprise, AZ 85378

Arizona Cannabis Society LLC
8376 N. El Mirage Rd. Bldg. 2, Ste. 2
El Mirage, AZ 85338

Arizona Natures Wellness
DBA: Bloom Sky Train
14 S. 41st Place
Phoenix, AZ 85034

Arizona Organix
5301 W. Glendale Ave.
Glendale, AZ 85301

Cannabis Research Group Inc.
DBA: Route 66 Wellness Center
341 E. Route 66
Williams, AZ 86046

Catalina Hills Botanical Care, Inc.
12152 N. Rancho Vistoso Blvd. C-140
Oro Valley, AZ 85737

Globe Farmacy Inc.
200 N. Broad St.
Globe, AZ 85501

CJK Inc.
(apparently this is not C.J.&K., Inc., another corporation that has the same name)
2095 Northern Avenue
Kingman, AZ 86409

Earth’s Healing Inc.
(not in good standing with the Arizona Corporation Commission due to delinquent annual report as of 8/19/13)
2075 E. Benson Highway
Tucson, AZ 85714

Encanto Green Cross Dispensary, LLC
(not in good standing with the Arizona Corporation Commission as of 9/1/13 because of no statutory agent)
2620 W Encanto Blvd.
Phoenix, AZ 85009

Greenmed, Inc.
1115 Circulo Mercado Rd.
Rio Rico, AZ 85648

Green Medicine
DBA: Southern Arizona Integrated Therapies
112 S. Kolb Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85710

High Mountain Health LLC
1250 S. Plaza Way Ste A
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Medmar Tanque Verde LLC
8060 E. 22nd St.
Tucson, AZ 85710

MMJ Apothecary
(no entity exists in Arizona with this name, but there was a name reservation)
1175 W. Wickenburg Way Ste 4
Wickenburg, AZ 85390

Natural Herbal Remedies Inc.
752 Navajo Blvd.
Holbrook, AZ 86025

Natural Relief Clinic Inc.
DBA: Green Farmacy
1191 S. Naco Hwy
Bisbee, AZ 85603

Nature Med Inc.
(not in good standing with the Arizona Corporation Commission due to delinquent annual report as of 6/8/13)
5390 W. Ina Rd.
Marana, AZ 85743

Nature’s AZ Medicines Inc.
16913 E. Enterprise Dr.
Fountain Hills, AZ 85258

Nature’s AZ Medicines Inc.
2439 W McDowell Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85009

Herbal Assist Inc.
DBA: Mohave Green
6870 S HWY 95 Ste 251
Mohave Valley, AZ 86440

Natural Relief Clinic Inc.
DBA: Green Farmacy
24 W. Main Street
Springerville, AZ 85938

Organica Patient Group Inc.
856 S. AZ Route 89
Chino Valley, AZ 86323

Overgaard Compassion Care
(no entity exists in Arizona with this name)
3838 State Route 277
Overgaard, AZ 85933

Phoenix Relief Center Inc.
6330 S. 35th Ave. Ste 104
Phoenix, AZ 85041

Phytotherapeutics of Tucson
1633 S. Highway 92, Suite 7
Sierra Vista, AZ 85635

Ponderosa Botanical Care Inc.
DBA Ponderosa Releaf
49237 W. Papago Rd. Ste. 3
Maricopa, AZ 85139

PP Wellness Center
DBA: The Greenhouse
8160 W. Union Hills Dr. Ste A 106
Glendale, AZ 85308

PurpleMed Inc.
1010 S. Freeway Suite 130
Tucson, AZ 85745

Rainbow Collective Inc.
(not in good standing with the Arizona Corporation Commission due to delinquent annual report as of 8/21/13)
4695 N Oracle Rd. Ste #117
Tucson, AZ 85705

Rainbow Collective Inc.
(not in good standing with the Arizona Corporation Commission due to delinquent annual report as of 8/21/13)
4120 E. Speedway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85712

RCH Wellness Center LLC
DBA: Greenhouse of Flagstaff
460 N. Switzer Canyon Dr, Suite 100
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Salubrious Wellness Clinic Inc.
2009 E. 5th St. Ste. 11
Tempe, AZ 85281

Superior Organix
(no entity exists in Arizona with this name)
750 S. Belmont
Superior, AZ 85173

The Desert Valley Pharmacy Inc.
1302 W. Industrial Dr. Bldg #7
Coolidge, AZ 85128

The Health Center of Cochise, Inc.
DBA Cathy’s Compassion Center
1825 W. Dragoon Road
Cochise, AZ 85606

The Health Center of Cochise, Inc.
DBA Cathy’s Compassion Center
1825 W. Dragoon Road
Cochise, AZ 85606

The Giving Tree Wellness Center of North Phoenix Inc.
21617 N. 9th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85027

The Giving Tree Wellness Center of Mesa Inc.
938 E. Juanita Ave.
Mesa, AZ 85204

The Green Halo LLC
7710 S. Wilmot Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85756

The Kind Relief Inc.
1500 Coppermine Rd.
Page, AZ 86040

Valley Healing Group Inc.
2840 Highway 95, Ste. 422
Bullhead City, AZ 86442

Valley of the Sun Medical Dispensary Inc.
16200 W. Eddie Albert Way
Goodyear, AZ 85338

Verde Dispensary, Inc.
DBA: Harvest of Tempe
710 W. Elliot Rd. Ste 102
Tempe, AZ 85284

Wickenburg Alternative Medicine LLC
511 E. Main St.
Quartzsite, AZ 85346

Zonacare
DBA: Bloom Sedona
465 Jordan Rd.
Sedona, AZ 86336

By |2019-06-14T08:28:15-07:00September 1st, 2013|Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Arizona Medical-Marijuana List of 48 State-Authorized Dispensaries Released by DHS