Arizona Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Does vape lawsuit foreshadow litigious future for cannabis industry?

John Schroyer  | April 12, 2017

By John Schroyer

A turf war over Arizona’s medical cannabis vaporizer market has spilled into the courts, with one multistate marijuana company suing another over an alleged smear campaign.

While the case itself may not be a particular milestone, it’s another hallmark of the industry’s emergence into an atmosphere where high-stakes litigation is commonplace.

Canadian producer invests $3M in Arizona medical marijuana grower

Omar Sacirbey  | March 28, 2017

Aphria, a federally licensed Canadian medical marijuana producer, increased its investment in an Arizona MMJ grower by $3 million.

Aphria now owns 5% of Copperstate Farms LLC through its subsidiary, Aphria (Arizona), and Copperstate Farms Investors controls the remaining 95%, according to a news release.

Aphria, based in Leamington, Ontario, on March 22 …

Court-appointed receivers an option for troubled marijuana companies

John Schroyer  | March 22, 2017

By John Schroyer

Business partnerships in the cannabis industry have become increasingly common. But what happens when such a partnership goes down the tubes and the parties wind up in court?

In that situation, who’s left to run day-to-day operations?

Arizona court backs limits on cannabis PTSD recommendations

Omar Sacirbey  | March 17, 2017

Arizona’s Court of Appeals ruled that the former director of the state’s Department of Health Services did not violate the law when he decreed that doctors may recommend medical marijuana to treat only the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, not the illness itself.

Voters approved the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act in 2010. The health services …

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.