Phoenix New Times: “Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery’s bad advice to County Supervisors on medical marijuana has resulted in less county control of dispensary locations. The county is now prohibited from imposing any of its own restrictions on a planned dispensary for Sun City because the county failed to comply with a previous ruling on medical-marijuana zoning rules, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Michael Gordon ruled Wednesday. Gordon’s latest ruling follows a November 15 decision by the state Court of Appeals that seems to bode well for the future of Arizona’s voter-approved medical-marijuana law.”
Denver Post: “The details on the raids . . . come from an affidavit in the criminal case against Diaz and provide new context for the largest federal operation against medical-marijuana businesses ever in Colorado. Agents executed ‘approximately 15’ search warrants during the raids, the affidavit states. Sources have told The Denver Post that the raids — which a search warrant shows targeted 10 men — were part of an investigation into a single enterprise that detectives believe may have ties to Colombian drug cartels. . . . The raids focused especially on stores, cultivation warehouses and individuals connected to the VIP Cannabis dispensary in Denver.”
The Christian Science Monitor: “With recreational use of pot now legal in the state, in the first six months of this year 745 drivers stopped by police tested positive for THC. For all of last year, about 1,000 test positive for THC, the active drug in marijuana. Significantly more drivers pulled over by police in Washington state are testing positive for marijuana since legalization of the drug’s recreational use took effect in January, according to figures released this week by the Washington State Patrol.”
CBS New York: “When it comes to sick pets many owners will go to great lengths to help them feel better. Now, some have started to take matters into their own hands and have turned to a remedy that isn’t even legal in some states, CBS 2′s Maurice Dubois reported Friday. Rowyn Capers’ dog, “Luna,” was suffering from late-stage lymphoma and was put on an intense schedule of chemotherapy. The treatments came with devastating side effects. . . . Capers gave Luna medical marijuana to help ease her suffering.”
Denver Post: “Six weeks before the nation’s first retail marijuana shops open in Colorado, federal authorities on Thursday raided more than a dozen Denver metro area marijuana facilities and two homes. In the largest federal raid on Colorado marijuana businesses since medical marijuana became legal, federal law enforcement agents with an assist from local police officers executed search and seizure warrants at multiple dispensaries and cultivation facilities — at least a dozen in Denver alone.”
See “Fed raids on Colorado marijuana businesses seek ties to Colombian drug cartels” that says “Colorado marijuana businesses raided this week by federal agents are being investigated for a possible connection to Colombian drug cartels, sources told The Denver Post on Friday. Three sources who have knowledge of the investigation spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to discuss the case. Investigators believe the raided businesses were all “one big operation,” one source said.
See also “Feds, Local Police Raid Colorado Medical Marijuana Dispensaries” that says “Denver-based attorney and marijuana activist Rob Corry was less diplomatic. He told the Post the Justice Department was acting like a bully and targeting “mostly mom-and-pop businesses. That is true to form, the DOJ, behaving like the classic schoolyard bully picking on the little guy,’ he said. ‘The DOJ needs to explain in a logical fashion why they are picking and choosing, going after only some of these entities when every one of them selling marijuana is running afoul of the federal law’.”
Arizona Republic: “The Scottsdale City Council has turned down a request to open a medical-marijuana bakery in the Scottsdale Airpark. Pure Bliss Premium Medibles sought a conditional-use permit to operate the medical-marijuana kitchen at a site near Redfield and Hayden roads, which previously was approved for two dispensaries that never opened.”
Arizona Republic: “doctors won’t write you a ‘recommendation.’ It’s scary as a physician. I wouldn’t do it. Risk my license? Be reported to the Arizona Department of Health Services? Scrutinized? Exposed? Definitely not worth losing my job! So these same doctors print out patient records and hand them to their patients. ‘Go to a recommendation center. I can’t do it.’ Will Humble, director of the ADHS, is disingenuous when he says he wants the primary-care physicians to write medical-marijuana recommendations. That will not happen as long as the physician receives federal reimbursement for services (e.g. Medicare) and fears this will be taken away. That will not happen until physicians can speak freely without fear of reprisal. Mr. Humble is a smart guy. He knows this. . . . Did you know that cannabis concentrates are currently illegal under the Arizona criminal code? I would guess from The Republic’s uninformed editorial that editorial-board members do not. Please, Republic editorial board, do readers a favor and use your platform responsibly. The editorial was sloppy journalism even as an opinion piece. . . . The readers of The Arizona Republic deserve better.
East Valley Tribune: “Maricopa County’s chief prosecutor is asking a judge to throw out a bid by the parents of a 5-year-old Mesa boy who suffers from seizures to be able to get an extract of marijuana from dispensaries. County Attorney Bill Montgomery is not disputing whether or not Zander Welton needs the drug. His parents have received the proper recommendation from a doctor to sign him up as a patient under the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act.”
Associated Press: “Federal officials are reporting a record seizure of marijuana at an Arizona crossing on the U.S.-Mexico border. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials held a Tuesday afternoon news conference to provide details on the seizure of more than 10 tons of marijuana at the Mariposa port of entry on the outskirts of Nogales.”
thedailybeast: “How prohibitionists and nanny staters are trying to keep marijuana illegal—or at least inconvenient. In 2012, voters in Colorado and Washington passed full-on, no-hemming-or-hawing pot legalization by large majorities. Lawmakers in each state have spent the better part of the past year figuring out how to tax and regulate their nascent commercial pot industries . . . . Unfortunately, it’s starting to look like both states are going to treat pot in a manner similar to alcohol during Prohibition. Not only are pot taxes likely to be sky high, various sorts of restrictions on pot shops may well make it easier to buy, sell, and use black-market marijuana rather than the legal variety.
CBS5AZ.com: “A CBS 5 investigation found medical marijuana delivery services operating outside the boundaries of state law, violating guidelines, procedures and potentially opening their sales to buyers who do not carry valid state-issued medical marijuana cards. . . . County Attorney Bill Montgomery issued the following statement after CBS 5 Investigates informed his office about the delivery attempt:
‘This is just one more example of how, despite the best efforts to have a ‘medicinal program,’ the ease with which people can circumvent the rules and regulations established by Arizona’s Medical Marijuana Act proves that this is ripe for recreational abuse’.”
Phoenix New Times: “Now that you’re a card-carrying medical marijuana patient, you’d probably like to try your hand at growing your own weed . . . . There are a few rules you need to consider before you can legally grow marijuana in Arizona, the most important stipulation being you must live more than 25 miles from the nearest dispensary. Seeing as 95.2 percent of Arizonans are within that range (you can check a map here), it’s not likely that you’ll be able to do this. However, if you are outside those boundaries . . . here’s how to get started growing your own ganja.”
The Telegraph: “Police in Denver are using a nose telescope to tackle unacceptable odors from the recreational use of marijuana. As more cities in America legalise the drug, attention has switched to the pungent smell that wafts from the joint itself. Denver has passed a new ‘odor ordinance’ with a potential $2,000 fine for anyone found guilty of polluting the atmosphere.”
Yuma Sun: “Medical marijuana users have no constitutional right to grow their own drug, a trial judge has ruled. Judge Katherine Cooper threw out a challenge by two men to a provision in the 2010 voter-approved Arizona Medical Marijuana Act which says only those living farther than 25 miles from a state-regulated dispenary can cultivate the plants. She said there is no basis for their claim that the provision limits their health care rights.”
Arizona Republic: “Keeping an inherently dishonest program honest is no easy task. The Arizona Department of Health Services got that job in 2010 when voters bought into one of the biggest cons around and narrowly approved “medical” marijuana. . . . So-called medical-marijuana laws are more about normalizing a recreational drug than getting medical treatment to sick people.”
Arizona Republic: “Patients seeking permission to use medical marijuana cited chronic pain as a debilitating condition about 26,500 times from July 2012 through June 2013, representing 73 percent of Arizonans who qualified to use the drug. Will Humble, director of the state Department of Health Services, said he wants to more quickly root out physicians who are improperly recommending medical marijuana . . . . A new report by the health department analyzed the second year of the state’s medical marijuana program and found that a small number of physicians write a big share of the pot recommendations.”
See also “Small core of doctors write vast majority of medical marijuana recommendations,” which says:
“Just 25 doctors are responsible for allowing more than 25,000 Arizonans to legally obtain marijuana, according to a report released Friday. State health director Will Humble said the evidence shows development of “certification mills” since voters approved a law in 2010 that allows those with a doctor’s recommendation to obtain up to 2½ ounces of marijuana every two weeks.”
Times-Herald: “Vallejo’s facing another lawsuit by a former medical marijuana dispensary operator who claims the city violated his civil rights by raiding his collective last year. In a Solano Superior Court lawsuit, Greenwell, Inc. founder Matt Shotwell alleges the city, Mayor Osby Davis and the Vallejo Police Department violated his civil rights — including his right to free speech — by targeting his dispensary for raid and closure in retaliation for his outspoken advocacy for local taxation and regulation of medical cannabis.”
Phoenix New Times: “Medical-marijuana users were warned. And now Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery is carrying out his plan to harass qualified medical users for resin-infused edibles. Montgomery repeatedly has refused to say whether he is prosecuting patients for possession of marijuana concentrates who otherwise are acting within the boundaries of the 2010 Arizona Medical Marijuana Act. New Times has learned that his office is moving forward with at least one such case, a felony prosecution of a medical-marijuana patient for possession of a single piece of infused candy.”
Reuters: “A Colorado measure to impose sales and excise taxes of 25 percent on newly legalized recreational marijuana and earmark the first $40 million in revenue for public schools was approved by voters on Tuesday, Governor John Hickenlooper said.”