Phoenix New Times: “State Representative Jay Lawrence (R-Fountain Hills) has withdrawn his bill that could have destroyed Arizona’s medical-marijuana program. Lawrence’s bill, HCR 2019, would have stripped naturopaths and homeopaths of the right to recommend medical marijuana, even though those doctors write nearly 90 percent of the recommendations. His plan also called for patients to renew their cards every six months instead of every year, paying double the annual fees.”
KTAR News: “Republican lawmakers are trying to amend Arizona’s Medical Marijuana Act to make it more difficult for patients to access medication. Their proposals include limiting which types of doctors can issue medical marijuana referrals, tightening restrictions on who can receive referrals and requiring patients to get new referrals more often. But the proposals could conflict with the Arizona Constitution, which prevents the Legislature from altering voter-approved initiatives such as the Medical Marijuana Act, which has nearly 88,000 qualified patients.”
Phoenix New Times: “Qualified Arizonans legally bought and consumed more than 19 tons of medical-marijuana products in 2015, spending about $215 million. The Arizona Department of Health Services keeps a running total of dispensary sales and released its December report this week, allowing New Times to calculate last year’s totals. The DHS released similar information in a single report a year ago, showing that in 2014, about 60,000 patients bought 10 tons of cannabis products.”
Scottsdale Independent: “We have two (2) medical marijuana facilities serving the 4,020 medical marijuana patients that reside in Scottsdale (according to the November 2015 DHS report). . . . As of August 2015, DHS is allowing all dispensaries to move anywhere in the state they wish. Naturally, some and perhaps many of them want to move to Scottsdale. . . . the city has now received numerous inquiries and applications to open additional dispensaries in the Airpark.”
Phoenix New Times: “In Colorado, the past 16 weeks have seen 15 recalls of cannabis products because of pesticides, including the largest such recall last week. The state’s one of several that now mandate or encourage testing of recreational marijuana for contaminants. But in Arizona, the products of medical-marijuana sellers and cultivators never have been officially scrutinized. If the state approves recreational use in November, that’s going to change — with a likely increase in pot pricing. Buds, concentrates like shatter, and edibles could contain relatively high levels of pesticides and other contaminants, and the state’s 85,000-plus qualified patients never would know.