marijuana, expungement, Maricopa County
May 31, 2023

Court paves way for expunging records for those selling small amounts of marijuana

The state Court of Appeals has opened the door for people convicted of selling small amounts of marijuana in Arizona to now qualify to have their records expunged.

THC, Breathalyzer, Phoenix, ASU
May 3, 2023

Phoenix company creating marijuana Breathalyzer

Scientists at Phoenix-based company ElectraTect are working to create a marijuana Breathalyzer to detect recent consumption of THC — the major psychoactive component in marijuana.

mushrooms, psilocybin mushrooms, Senate, House, legislation, psychedelics, PTSD, depression, Shah, Payne
Feb 24, 2023

Bills would fund research of psilocybin mushrooms to treat PTSD, depression

Arizona lawmakers are giving a big thumbs up to the party drug known as Ecstasy and turning on to hallucinogenic magic mushrooms, too. But don’t take this wrong – they’re not pushing the drugs for the usual recreational uses. Instead, bills that would fund a $30 million research program to study psilocybin mushrooms in treating post-traumatic stress syndrome and depression, and another to le[...]

Gress, bill, legislators, age, voting,
Jan 13, 2023

Gress proposes lowering age required to serve in legislature

Arizona voters could decide next year how they feel about having people who aren't yet old enough to drink making state laws.

inmate, Buckeye, state prison, homicide
Dec 28, 2022

Ex-Arizona Border Patrol agent sentenced for drugs, bribery

A former U.S. Border Patrol agent in Arizona has been sentenced to more than a dozen years in prison for trafficking drugs and taking bribes on the job.

cannabis, marijuana, Arizona Department of Revenue, marijuana sales, National Cannabis Industry Association, excise taxes
Dec 9, 2022

Cannabis sales soar, but don’t threaten 5 C’s

Sales of marijuana in Arizona soared to $1.6 billion in 2021, just one year after recreational cannabis was legalized in the state, making Arizona second only to California for retail sales that year, according to an industry research group. 

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Dec 9, 2022

Lawmakers seek data on pot-related DUI

Arizona lawmakers are seeking to better understand drug-related DUI cases for future legislation that appropriately addresses marijuana and other drugs. The Legislature created the Driving Under the Influence Data Collection Study Committee, which met twice, once in October and once earlier this week.

Nov 23, 2022

Cannabis insiders praise Biden’s pardoning

Arizona marijuana industry insiders are praising President Biden’s recent pardoning of thousands of people convicted of federal, simple possession of marijuana charges, but they say more work needs to be done at the state level to quickly erase black marks from many cannabis users’ records. 

Nov 21, 2022

Changing perceptions of cannabis boost community impact of dispensaries

Marijuana dispensaries are viewed like pharmacies – they offer essential services that help to provide medicine and relief to individuals who battle life-altering pain and illnesses, from cancer and epilepsy to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, as well as neurologic conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder. Similarly, Arizona’s cannabis industry has become a lifeblood for a host [...]

Jun 16, 2022

Bill would aim to offer marijuana buyers what they want

State lawmakers are moving to ensure that marijuana buyers are getting what they asked for -- and not the things they don't want.

May 24, 2021

Bill to restrict marijuana advertising dies in Senate

State lawmakers refused Monday to place restrictions on advertising marijuana that don't exist for liquor and, to a great extent, for tobacco products.

May 14, 2021

Innovative state program helped marijuana industry

The Arizona Department of Health Services executed a swift and sane rollout of recreational marijuana just months after it was approved by voters. Now our attorney general has helped foster a way for these legal dispensaries to solve what was a highly problematic financial services challenge for the industry and a safety concern for the state.