Associated Press: “The Santee Sioux tribe has already proven its business acumen, running a successful casino, a 120-room hotel and a 240-head buffalo ranch on the plains of South Dakota. But those enterprises have not been immune to competition and the lingering effects of the Great Recession, so the small tribe of 400 is undertaking a new venture – opening the nation’s first marijuana resort on its reservation. The experiment could offer a new money-making model for tribes nationwide seeking economic opportunities beyond casinos.”
Tucson Weekly: “While marijuana advocates look to legalize in Arizona, concerns remain about medical marijuana program. When Arizona voters approved medical marijuana in 2010, the traditionally conservative state did so tentatively. . . . State officials now call Arizona’s system a model for other states, and members of the pro-legalization campaign deem the system a big success. . . . However, opponents of marijuana legalization said the system is ‘cloaked in secrecy’ and questioned whether Arizona is a model state, pointing to factors like its high number of medical marijuana cardholders. They also raise concerns about a lack of transparency and question whether the system has hindered drug cartels as supporters claimed it would.”
Phoenix New Times: “An Arizona State University student and qualified patient under Arizona’s medical-marijuana law has been found guilty of possessing marijuana under a disputed law that altered the state’s voter-approved Medical Marijuana Act by banning the plant from the campuses of public colleges. The 2010 law already had prohibited possession even by qualified patients on K-12 campuses, but Arizona lawmakers — with the support of colleges — expanded the ban in 2012. Andre Maestas, now 20, was busted after he sat down randomly in the intersection of Forest Avenue and Lemon Street just past midnight on March 18. While investigating him for blocking a roadway, campus police searched his wallet and found his medical-marijuana card. That led to a raid of his dorm room and the discovery of .6 grams of marijuana and some smoking paraphernalia.”
Eastern Arizona Courier: “The backers of an initiative to regulate and tax cannabis (marijuana) like alcohol in Arizona announced Thursday that it has surpassed 75,000 registered voter signatures. The initiative needs 150,642 valid signatures to qualify for the 2016 ballot, but organizers have set a goal of obtaining 230,000 signatures.
Phoenix New Times: “In a sign that may bode well for legalization in Arizona next year, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper sounds surprisingly upbeat about his state’s bold marijuana law in an interview with New Times‘ sister publication in Denver, Westword. Opponents of planned ballot measures in Arizona for the November 2016 election often point to Colorado as a failed experiment that Arizona shouldn’t repeat. At an upcoming seminar by legalization opponents, for instance, six of seven speakers are from Colorado and will no doubt try to steer the audience toward the false idea that Arizona’s neighboring state is a disaster because of marijuana. Hickenlooper . . . opposed the historic 2012 measure that legalized pot for adults 21 and older. But in the interview published on Wednesday inWestword, he says legalization hasn’t been so bad, after all.”
Phoenix New Times: “The thought of possibly spending close to 100 years in prison terrifies Kyle Catlin. But he’s mostly concerned about his mom. She’s not in the best of health. If something were to happen to her, ‘I may not even be allowed to leave prison to go to my mom’s funeral, and that’s super f***** up,’ he says. . . . The 27-year-old is facing 10-plus felony charges, including marijuana possession and sale, attempted production, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He has two separate cases with different accusations under his name. Catlin, a medical marijuana patient and certified caregiver, swears his actions more than three years ago are protected by the law.”
Daily Mail: “A bizarre syndrome that makes heavy cannabis users violently ill and leads them to take frequent hot baths to ease the pain has been reported by doctors. Symptoms of the illness include severe stomach pain, nausea and vomiting – and bathing in very hot water up to five times a day for relief.”