Arizona Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Week in Review: Cannabis Election Map Set, Credit Unions Get Serious, Puerto Rico Fight

John Schroyer  | September 23, 2016

By John Schroyer and Omar Sacirbey

The November cannabis election map is essentially finalized, credit unions get serious about marijuana businesses, and a Denver attorney weighs in on the MJ software battle in Puerto Rico.

Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

Major Marijuana-Related Campaign Donations Late in Campaign

John Schroyer  | September 19, 2016

Proponents and opponents of cannabis legalization are gearing up for the final stretch of the 2016 political campaign, and for both camps that means some big last-minute donations.

In Florida, casino mogul Sheldon Adelson – who funded most of the anti-medical marijuana ads two years ago – has jumped back into the fray with a …

AZ Town May Have Broken Law By Levying Fee on Cannabis Startup

Omar Sacirbey  | September 15, 2016

A tiny Arizona town may have violated a state law by charging $800,000 to allow a marijuana grower, Copperstate Farming, to open in the community, according to the state’s attorney general.

It’s a first for Arizona under a new state law, Howard Fischer Capitol Media Services reported.

The city council for Snowflake, Arizona, apparently …

Pharma Firm Fights AZ Rec Legalization Measure

Omar Sacirbey  | September 9, 2016

A publicly traded pharmaceutical firm in Arizona that is developing both opiate and cannabis-based medicines is also the largest contributor to opponents of the campaign to legalize recreational marijuana in the state.

Insys Therapeutics, based in Chandler, donated $500,000 to Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy, the Arizona Capital Times reported. The second largest …

AZ High Court Says No to Letting Lawyers Help Cannabis Clients

Roger Fillion  | September 8, 2016

Arizona’s Supreme Court rejected a bid to repeal rules that threaten lawyers with disbarment if they help marijuana-related clients including businesses, a move that could have big implications if the state’s voters approve an initiative to legalize adult-use cannabis.

Arizona-based Capitol Media Services reported the high court dismissed without comment a petition to permit …

Poll: Half of Arizonans Support Rec Marijuana Initiative

John Schroyer  | September 7, 2016

Roughly half of Arizona voters are likely to support a ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana in the state, a new poll has found, suggesting growing support for legalization.

The study, commissioned by the Arizona Republic, the Morrison Institute for Public Policy, and Cronkite News, found that 50% of voters surveyed are “likely …

Arizona County Judge Tosses Lawsuit Targeting Rec MJ Initiative

Roger Fillion  | August 22, 2016

A Maricopa County Superior Court judge has thrown out a lawsuit aimed at keeping a recreational marijuana legalization initiative off the Arizona ballot this November.

The plaintiffs behind the suit promised to appeal their case to the Arizona Supreme Court, the Eastern Arizona Courier reported, signaling the legal battle over recreational legalization isn’t …