Arizona Republic: “Second marijuana initiative filed . . . The Campaign to Legalize and Regulate Marijuana filed paperwork last week for a competing effort to legalize marijuana, potentially jeopardizing any effort to legalize the drug in 2016. Like the first initiative, the group seeks to let adults carry up to an ounce of marijuana and proposes a 15 percent tax to help fund public education. However, those who carry more than 8 ounces of marijuana could be slapped with a misdemeanor, as opposed to a felony, as the first initiative proposes.”
ABC15.com: “Go on Craigslist and search for marijuana, and you’ll likely come across quite a few posts advertising for ‘patient-to-patient’ exchanges or delivery of the drug. The ads will ask for other medical marijuana patients only and, often, they’ll ask for a ‘donation’ fee. . . . calling the money exchanged a donation, doesn’t help either. ‘That donation, 100 percent of the time that I’ve had interaction with that
Phoenix New Times: “A popular medical-marijuana club that hosted regular ‘Farmer’s Markets’ was raided by a Glendale SWAT team on Wednesday, resulting in nine arrests at five different locations. . . . The 7Ten Club advertises with a slick website and frequently updated Facebook page, billing itself as “Arizona’s Premier Medical Marijuana Club.”
Phoenix New Times: “A law-enforcement task force in Yavapai County cut a $50,000 check from RICO funds to a substance-abuse group dedicated to fighting marijuana legalization in Arizona, New Times has learned. The deal between the Yavapai County-based Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking (PANT) task force and MATFORCE was made soon after the Marijuana Policy Project announced it would launch a 2016 legalization campaign in Arizona — and more public funding against legalization could be on the way. Last week, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich issued an opinion, based on a question by Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk, that public resources could continue to “educate” the public about the alleged evils of marijuana legalization.”
Riddell Williams: “Given the disconnect between federal law and that of an increasing number of states, marijuana-related businesses and their landlords, vendors, and lenders are confronted with dicey legal issues. The availability of bankruptcy relief is one of the latest. A bankruptcy court was recently asked to decide whether it could (or should) enter an involuntary order of relief against a medical marijuana dispensary management entity, even though the debtor-entity’s business activities are illegal under federal law. In re Medpoint Management, LLC, 528 B.R. 178, 182 (Bankr. D. Az.). The court answered in the negative, consistent with earlier cases barring bankruptcy relief for debtors engaged in the marijuana business or in leasing to marijuana businesses. . . . Under Arenas, individual debtors engaged in the marijuana business should be aware that the bankruptcy discharge is probably not available to them. Debtors who simply lease space to marijuana businesses can expect to be barred from obtaining relief under the Bankruptcy Code under Rent-Rite. Under Medpoint, anyone considering extending loans or trade credit to marijuana businesses should proceed with the utmost caution and cannot count on seeking a remedy in bankruptcy court if a marijuana business fails to pay.