Legislation Lowdown

Legislation Lowdown

After the state legislature introduced a whopping 31 bills concerning cannabis last year, only 13 bills that aim to change some aspect of the industry have been submitted thus far this session. Lawmakers seem mostly concerned with vape products and the industry’s tax structure.

Cannabis Campaigns

Lawmakers and voters alike will have pot on their minds in 2020 as the Arizona legislative session begins this week with two recreational marijuana ballot measures and six different medical marijuana bills, which could potentially be on the upcoming November ballot.

Be There Now

Psychedelic guru and author Baba Ram Dass slipped into Nirvana at his Maui home on Dec. 22, according to his official Instagram account. He was 88. 

The Year in Weed

As 2019 goes up in smoke, medical marijuana, CBD and industrial hemp have been blazing in the news. It was a struggle to remember the top five national and state cannabis news stories, but we managed to do it.

Holiday Buzz

With just a few more shopping days until Christmas, we’re back with Round 2 of our annual ganja gift guide, featuring various products that you’ll find on the shelves on our local dispensaries—and, in some cases, are even available without an MMJ card, since they include the increasingly popular CBD but no THC. Happy shopping!

What’s in a Name?

In this industry, you can smoke it or ingest it, but no matter your preferred method of input, the days of nameless weed in a plastic baggie are long gone, according to a report in Maximum Yield Cannabis magazine.

High Holidays

Between the CBD explosion and medical marijuana renaissance, there’s no shortage of unusual craft product reaching the shelves in local dispensaries. And with the holiday season in full spring, there’s may be no better gift for the cardholding patient in your life than a medicated iced coffee, craft brownie or small-batch chocolates.

Natural Remedies

The inaugural AZ Plant Medicine Conference is coming to the Tucson Convention Center Dec. 6 through Dec. 8. The conference will feature discussions by alternative medicine professionals who treat issues ranging from anxiety and depression to glaucoma and arthritis with psychedelics, cannabis, CBD and more.

Market Forces

Analytical data from the cannabis industry shows yearly consumption of medicinal marijuana to be in excess of 122,000 pounds involving 204,000 qualified patients as of mid-year.

Growth Industry

The 2018 Farm Bill legalized production of industrial hemp and some early birds were waiting to jump on that opportunity.

Yes We Cannabis

One of the most unique weed companies in town doesn’t sell weed at all. The People’s Weed Company is a local startup that focuses on teaching the average person how to cook edibles in a way that most efficiently gathers the health benefits of marijuana.

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.


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