Tucson.com: “A judge has rebuffed efforts by medical marijuana users to force the state to reduce the fees it charges patients. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Jo Lynn Gentry said she does not dispute that the Department of Health Services is collecting more from medical marijuana users than it needs to administer the program.”
Phoenix New Times: “Arizona is the Wild West of medical-marijuana testing, with no more government oversight of product safety in dispensaries than there was in 1800s-era drugstores. Yet with concern about contaminated legal cannabis rising in recent months with reports of recalls and new state laws that require testing of marijuana products, should the state adopt its own quality standards? Will Humble, who served as Arizona Department of Health Services director from 2009 to 2015, said he doesn’t think the state needs to enforce purity standards for medical marijuana sold at dispensaries, at least for now.”
AZCentral.com: “The absence of the usual signals — a lighted green cross or a bright green leaf with the distinctive spikey leaves — is not a coincidence. It’s truly by design. It was a deliberate decision Harvest of AZ CEO Steve White and his business partners made when coming up with the model for their medical marijuana dispensary in 2010.”
Note: There is no company formed in Arizona or registered to do business in Arizona named “Harvest of AZ.” There is an Arizona limited liability company called Harvest of Arizona, LLC, that was formed on July 31, 2015. Its sole member is Steve White.
Query: Why does the story say Harvest of AZ acquired its dispensary in 2010, five years before the LLC was formed? Arizona medical marijuana dispensary licenses are not transferable.
Washington Post: “One by one, they entered a nondescript building on the eastern edge of town, 18,000 square feet with no signage out front. They came looking for relief. These nine former professional football players are part of the Denver Broncos Alumni Association. They played in nearly 700 NFL games combined and have enough aches and pains to keep an entire hospital staff busy. ‘Every day, I wake up in pain, from my ankles to my neck,’ said Ebenezer Ekuban, 40, who played defensive end for nine NFL seasons.”