Arizona Court of Appeals Rules Medical Marijuana Act Doesn’t Give DUI Immunity

On October 21, 2014, the Second Division of the Arizona Court of Appeals issued an opinion in the case of Darrah vs. McClennen that answers the question”

“whether Arizona’s Medical Marijuana Act (“AMMA”) prohibits the State from prosecuting an authorized marijuana user for driving under the influence (“DUI”) pursuant to Arizona Revised Statutes (“A.R.S.”) section 28-1381(A)(3), which criminalizes driving while there is any prohibited drug or its metabolite in a person’s body. . . . we conclude that the AMMA does not give an authorized medical marijuana user immunity from prosecution.”

By |2017-02-04T07:38:59-07:00October 22nd, 2014|AZ Marijuana Law Lawsuits, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Arizona Court of Appeals Rules Medical Marijuana Act Doesn’t Give DUI Immunity

Arizona GOP Lawmaker Wants to Legalize Pot

Arizona Republic:  “Now that Arizona’s once-rosy budget outlook has evaporated, a state lawmaker wants to decriminalize and tax marijuana as a way to raise revenue.  After seeing Colorado’s experience with legalization, Rep. Ethan Orr, R-Tucson, said Friday that lawmakers should get creative about how they’re going to confront the state’s dim finances when the Legislature convenes in January.”

By |2014-10-22T07:03:49-07:00October 22nd, 2014|AZ Legislation, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Arizona GOP Lawmaker Wants to Legalize Pot

DOJ Attorney Wants to Decriminalize Possession of All Drugs

The Daily Signal:  “So who supports decriminalizing cocaine, heroin, LSD, methamphetamine, ecstasy and all dangerous drugs, including marijuana?  No, it’s not your teenage nephew. It’s President Obama’s new acting head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, Vanita Gupta. In 2012, Gupta wrote that “states should decriminalize simple possession of all drugs, particularly marijuana, and for small amounts of other drugs.”

By |2014-10-21T07:15:02-07:00October 21st, 2014|Legal Issues, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on DOJ Attorney Wants to Decriminalize Possession of All Drugs

Colorado Dentists Want Research on Pot & Cavities

CBS Denver:  “Pot smoking — and its stereotypical associations like munching on carbohydrates and other treats — seems like it’d be your teeth’s worst enemy.  And now some Colorado dentists are saying more research needs to be done on how smoking pot can affect dental health, including causing an increase in cavities.”

By |2014-10-20T07:47:23-07:00October 20th, 2014|Colorado News, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Colorado Dentists Want Research on Pot & Cavities

Will Humble Wants to Medical Marijuana Tighten Rules

Tucson Daily Star:  “Arizona’s chief health officer wants to make it more difficult to add new conditions to the list for which doctors can recommend medical marijuana.  The change would require “clear and convincing evidence,” published in peer-reviewed scientific journals, that there is some benefit from the use of marijuana for the specified medical condition.  State Health Director Will Humble said that probably means multiple articles.”

By |2014-10-11T16:44:00-07:00October 11th, 2014|Stories & Articles, Will Humble Speaks|Comments Off on Will Humble Wants to Medical Marijuana Tighten Rules

Maker of Marijuana E-cigarettes Enters Arizona Market

Phoenix Business Journal:  “A Denver company that makes the equivalent of an electronic cigarette for marijuana use and sells cartridges, vaporizers and other products used by medical cannabis users is entering the Arizona market.  O.penVape is making Arizona its fifth U.S. market via a statewide distribution deal with Phoenix-based TruCann LLC.”

By |2014-10-11T16:38:18-07:00October 9th, 2014|Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Maker of Marijuana E-cigarettes Enters Arizona Market

Maricopa County Attorney Disputes Financial Benefits of Marijuana Legalization

Phoenix Business Journal:  “Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery isn’t a big fan of Arizona’s voter approved medical marijuana law. And, he’s even less enthusiastic about a possible legalization push on the 2016 ballot.  Montgomery’s office disputes a recent study contending the legalization of cannabis would create a $300 million industry in Arizona and bring $70 million annually in tax revenue.”

By |2014-10-11T16:29:04-07:00October 8th, 2014|Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Maricopa County Attorney Disputes Financial Benefits of Marijuana Legalization

Arizona Marijuana Legalization Could Create $300M Industry

Phoenix Business Journal:  “Arizona has a potential $303 million marijuana market that could bring in as much as $70 million in tax revenue if the drug were legalized.  Financial research firm NerdWallet Inc. examined the potential market size and tax revenue impact if marijuana is legalized.”

By |2014-10-11T16:34:28-07:00October 1st, 2014|Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Arizona Marijuana Legalization Could Create $300M Industry