Seeds of Conflict

Seeds of Conflict

After a 2016 ballot initiative went down to defeat, supporters of the Smart and Safe Arizona Act have returned with a new plan for voters to consider on the 2020 effort.

Crop Up

Once referred to as “the Devil’s lettuce,” farmers are lining up to grow hemp in eye-popping numbers, with a 550 percent leap in growing acreage in 2019 as 34 states have already licensed cultivation of a cannabis byproduct industry that is still in its infancy.

Cannabis on Campus

No journey gets underway until the proverbial first step is taken and that happened last week in a cannabis symposium on the University of Arizona campus. Yes, a full day of discussion on the world’s oldest pharmacopeia that dates back to 2,700 BC, but today is still classified as a Schedule I drug by the feds.

Who’s a Feel-Good Boy?

In 2018, consumers spent $48 million on hemp-derived CBD products for their pets, according to New Frontier Data, a global analytics firm specializing on growth in the cannabis industry. By 2022, the data firm expects that number to grow to $298 million in industry sales. 

Mainstream Meds

Once the federal Farm Bill of 2018 got passed, the one containing a provision that legalized the non-psychoactive cannabis that gives up CBD, the whole CBD market took off like a rocket because with newly emerging scientific data, the potential of CBD and other hemp products appears to be endless.

Smoke Signals

If you want an idea of how far the idea of legal cannabis has come, just check out the day-long symposium on marijuana being held on the University of Arizona campus under the aegis of the UA College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, College of Medicine, College of Science, and the BIO5 Institute.

Double Whammy

Vibe: Chill and welcoming Strains: Dozens of sativa and indica strains sold in quantities from a gram up, with pre-packaged flower deals and pre-rolls available.

Dispensaries go digital

Arizona marijuana dispensaries can now join the digital marketplace thanks to an experimental program approved by the state’s attorney general’s office.

Cannabis Campaign Competition

As the political committee Smart and Safe Arizona prepares to unveil a new 2020 ballot proposition to legalize recreational cannabis in Arizona, Gov. Doug Ducey and Attorney General Mark Brnovich are floating the idea of instead asking state lawmakers to decriminalize adult use of marijuana.

High There!

Meet Cedar Gardner, a photographer, journalist, one of the state's cannabis smokers and the Weekly’s new cannabis correspondent.

A Celebration of 710

As cannabis culture continues to expand in Arizona and beyond, marijuana enthusiasts continue to find new ways to get their med on.

Explaining Extracts

Possessing extracts is no longer a legal gray area for Arizona medical marijuana cardholders, thanks to a unanimous Arizona Supreme Court ruling

Oil Rich

Explore different products that use cannabis extract.

Test Case Scenario

After eight years, big changes are coming to Arizona’s medical marijuana program because of SB 1494, a new law signed by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey earlier this month.

Smoke Screening

Medical marijuana patients in Arizona still run the risk of buying products that are tainted with pesticides, herbicides or even mold

Growing Concern

Arizona farmers can legally grow industrial hemp, but will they take the risk?

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