Arizona May Allow 30 New Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

The director of the Arizona Department of Health Services posted the following on her blog on April 27, 2016:

“Last week the Arizona Medical Marijuana Program turned five. Voters passed Proposition 203 in the fall of 2010, making Arizona the fourteenth state to legalize medical marijuana. Within 120 days of Proposition 203 passing, we developed the Medical Marijuana Program and issued the first medical marijuana card to a qualifying patient on April 14, 2011. As of today, there are 94,461 qualifying patients, 2,544 dispensary agents, and 834 designated caregivers licensed.

There are 99 licensed medical marijuana dispensaries, with 92 currently open and operating. Approximately 97 percent of Arizonans are now residing within 25 miles of an operating medical marijuana dispensary. There are 75 cultivation sites located outside of the operating dispensaries. Some of those dispensaries and cultivation sites include kitchens approved to prepare edible food products.

Later this summer we plan on accepting new applications for medical marijuana dispensaries . The exact number is not known at this time, but there will likely be about 30 licenses available. The application packet is currently posted on our website and more information will be posted on our website as it becomes available. So if you’re interested in opening up a dispensary in Arizona, stay tuned for updated information!”

By |2017-02-04T07:33:05-07:00April 27th, 2016|Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Arizona May Allow 30 New Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Springerville Dispensary Raided

Phoenix New Times:  “Springerville police raided the Green Farmacy in the small, eastern-Arizona town and seized the shop’s supply of medical marijuana, claiming the place was no longer authorized by the state to sell marijuana. The dispensary’s been closed since the Wednesday raid.  Springerville police raided the Green Farmacy in the small, eastern-Arizona town and seized the shop’s supply of medical marijuana, claiming the place was no longer authorized by the state to sell marijuana. The dispensary’s been closed since the Wednesday raid.”

By |2016-05-01T07:09:06-07:00April 25th, 2016|Marijuana Crimes, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Springerville Dispensary Raided

Phoenix Limits Marijuana Store Sites

Arizona Republic:  “New medical-marijuana facilities will lose some options of where they can locate in Phoenix, under stricter rules approved by the City Council on Wednesday.  Dispensaries, as well as cultivation and infusion businesses, will have to find sites farther away from residential areas and places of worship than previously required by the city.  Phoenix also added day-care centers, homeless shelters and youth community centers to the list of places a facility must be at least a quarter-mile from.  The City Council voted 8-0 to pass the new regulations with an emergency clause, making them effective immediately.”

By |2016-04-22T15:26:47-07:00April 22nd, 2016|Stories & Articles, Zoning|Comments Off on Phoenix Limits Marijuana Store Sites

Arizona Legalize Marijuana Campaign Gets Signatures

Eastern Arizona Courier:  “Arizonans may have the choice to join other states in legalizing marijuana for recreational use. The backers of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol announced Tuesday it collected more than 200,000 signatures in support of an initiative to end marijuana prohibition in Arizona. The campaign is required to have 150,642 valid signatures of registered Arizona voters to make the November ballot.”

By |2016-04-19T06:59:31-07:00April 19th, 2016|Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Arizona Legalize Marijuana Campaign Gets Signatures

Arizona Board of Accountancy Will Not Discipline CPAs Merely for Providing Accounting Services to Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

The Arizona Board of Accountancy issued the following on March 28, 2016:

“The authorized sale of medical marijuana is legal in the State of Arizona and the State of Arizona has mandated that such sale be performed by licensed and regulated medical marijuana dispensaries.  Further, the State of Arizona has mandated that to renew their license such medical marijuana dispensaries must retain a certified public accountant to perform an audit of the financial statements of such entity. The Arizona Board of Accountancy recognizes that while the state of Arizona has a law that legalizes the sale of medical marijuana, the Federal Government does not have such a law. As there is a dichotomy between Federal and Arizona law, the Arizona Board of Accountancy can make no determination of how such a conflict might ultimately affect a medical marijuana dispensary or any of its service providers. Hence, the Arizona Board of Accountancy has concluded that during the contemplation of acceptance of any accounting services engagement for a medical marijuana dispensary, an Arizona registrant should diligently evaluate and address the potential risks and uncertainties associated with providing such services. Registrants should carefully consider the criteria provided in auditing standards and other professional materials, as well as professional guidance specifically related to providing services to the medical marijuana industry.

Further, the Arizona Board of Accountancy has concluded that merely accepting an engagement to provide accounting services to a medical marijuana dispensary does not, on its face, constitute an act discreditable to the profession and it will not pursue independent disciplinary action against an Arizona CPA registrant based solely on such acceptance. The Arizona Board of Accountancy recommends that Arizona registrants considering providing services to the medical marijuana industry read the materials referenced herein, professional standards applicable to the professional services to be provided and guidance offered by State and Federal regulatory bodies, including, but not limited to the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission and any other authoritative materials available that frame the issues contemplated herein.”

By |2017-02-04T07:33:05-07:00April 16th, 2016|Dispenary Accounting, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Arizona Board of Accountancy Will Not Discipline CPAs Merely for Providing Accounting Services to Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Medical Marijuana Creates Different Challenges for Employers

Tucson Local Media:  “Arizona voters legalized medical marijuana a few years ago, but employers are still adjusting to how these new laws affect how they handle their employees.  In some ways, medical marijuana use is no different than any other prescription drug. But it is still an intoxicant and even with a medical marijuana card, there are restrictions on use by workers.  It is a tricky time for many employers: There are state and federal patient rights to uphold, but marijuana, even for medical use, is still illegal under federal law. 

By |2016-04-16T10:52:28-07:00April 13th, 2016|Legal Issues, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Medical Marijuana Creates Different Challenges for Employers

The State of Texas Marijuana

Dallas Observer:  “The people of Gunter needn’t worry though. High-THC marijuana, either for medicine or pleasure, isn’t legal here yet. But it’s coming, advocates say, perhaps sooner than many people expect — maybe by 2019. Maybe sooner. Five years at the outside. Reformers insist that isn’t a pipe dream, and please don’t ask what they’re smoking. Stoner jokes are passé. Marijuana, for the desperately ill and for everyone else, is serious business.”

By |2016-04-16T10:41:46-07:00April 12th, 2016|Stories & Articles|Comments Off on The State of Texas Marijuana

Are the Feds Going to Legalize Marijuana?

Findlaw:  “The Legalize It crowd got a bit of a boost last week, as news outlets published a letter from the Drug Enforcement Administration to Sen. Elizabeth Warren. In it, the DEA said it will review marijuana’s status as a Schedule 1 banned substance, sometime before the middle of this year. The DEA has performed these reviews before, but never in a climate so conducive to reclassification, with major newspapers calling for the agency to move pot to a “less restrictive category that better reflects both its danger and the undeniable facts on the ground — that nearly half the states in the nation allow the use of cannabis for medical purposes, and several allow it to be used recreationally.” So is the DEA about to decriminalize weed?

By |2017-02-04T07:33:05-07:00April 11th, 2016|Federal Dispensary Attacks, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Are the Feds Going to Legalize Marijuana?

Arizona Marijuana-Legalization Group Wants 1,500 Pot Shops

Phoenix New Times:  “An alternative Arizona marijuana-legalization campaign made up of passionate cannabis users is aiming sky-high with its permissive proposal, but would voters really go for it?  Arizonans for Mindful Regulation, a grassroots organization that has a small army of volunteers but little money, is making a final push to make the ballot this November with its initiative that would allow up to 1,500 retail-shop licenses statewide to be issued by the end of next year. It would ban limits on cultivation or distribution licenses. Colorado, by comparison, now has about 950 medical-marijuana and recreational marijuana retail outlets.

By |2016-04-16T10:47:19-07:00April 4th, 2016|AZ Legislation, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Arizona Marijuana-Legalization Group Wants 1,500 Pot Shops