Arizona Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Arizona group readies filing for rec cannabis legalization initiative

John Schroyer  | February 15, 2017

The first salvo in the recreational marijuana legalization fight for the next election cycle looks set to be fired Thursday in Phoenix.

Safer Arizona 2018, a grassroots activism group, plans to file paperwork with the secretary of state’s office to place an adult-use cannabis legalization initiative on the 2018 statewide ballot, the organization …

Chart: Arizona growing into medical marijuana juggernaut

Eli McVey  | February 6, 2017

By Eli McVey

Rather quietly, it appears, Arizona has grown into one of the largest medical cannabis markets in the nation, behind only California and Michigan in terms of patient counts.

Medical marijuana sales surge in AZ in 2016 amid patient growth

Omar Sacirbey  | January 26, 2017

Medical marijuana patients in Arizona bought a record 29 tons of cannabis products in 2016, a 53% increase over the 19 tons that were purchased in 2015, according to a report from the state Department of Health Services.

The sales surge could be attributed to an increase in medical marijuana patients. The program had …

States with the best chance to legalize cannabis in 2017?

John Schroyer  | January 25, 2017

By John Schroyer

After a landmark year in cannabis legalization, marijuana advocates have plenty of work left. And they’re not resting on their laurels.

The Marijuana Policy Project calculates a whopping 37 legalization bills for medical or recreational marijuana are likely to be introduced in 33 states and the District of Columbia in 2017.

AZ court backs MMJ dispensaries; prohibitionists to appeal

Omar Sacirbey  | December 22, 2016

The Arizona Court of Appeals ruled this week that local officials cannot use federal laws prohibiting cannabis to justify their refusal to provide necessary zoning for medical marijuana dispensaries.

In their unanimous decision, the judges said Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery had no legal basis to claim that federal law supersedes the medical …

Election Updates: Live coverage of marijuana measures across the country

Chris Walsh  | November 8, 2016

Marijuana Business Daily provided live updates on cannabis ballot measures and related news on Election Day (all updates in Eastern time).

3:45 a.m. Wednesday (Montana): Montana’s measure to legalize medical marijuana businesses is poised to win comfortably, as the initiative has garnered 56% of the vote with more than 80% of precincts reporting.

The Big Picture: State-by-state marijuana ballot initiative update

John Schroyer  | November 2, 2016

By John Schroyer

This year could prove a historic turning point for the legal cannabis industry, with pro-cannabis ballot measures in front of voters in nine states Tuesday.

If some or most are approved, that could translate into untold business opportunities for cannabis entrepreneurs across the nation.

Rec MJ ballot measures ahead in three states, but by slim margins

John Schroyer  | October 27, 2016

According to three new polls released in cannabis battleground states, recreational marijuana legalization is ahead going into the final days of the 2016 campaign – but not by much.

In Arizona, support for a recreational cannabis legalization measure is at 50%, while about 43% of voters oppose the initiative and 8% haven’t made up their …