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Leafly List: The Best Cannabis Dispensaries in Arizona, Summer 2017

The Summer 2017 Leafly List for Arizona is a data-based, community-sourced ranking that consumers use to find the best cannabis dispensaries in their area.

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Arizona Governor Vetoes Industrial Hemp Licensing Measure

PHOENIX, AZ — Arizona’s Republican Governor Doug Ducey has vetoed legislation, Senate Bill 1337, that sought to establish regulations for the creation of a regulated statewide hemp industry.

The measure determined that “the development and use of industrial hemp can improve the [state’s] economy and agricultural vitality,” and sought to govern its “licensing, production, and management.”

Over 30 states have enacted similar laws regulating the plant’s cultivation for either research or commercial purposes. Most recently, South Carolina adopted legislation expanding its 2014 hemp research program.

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Arizona Governor Vetoes Bill That Would Have Legalized Industrial Hemp

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey speaks in Phoenix in 2016. (Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia)

PHOENIX, AZ — Arizona Governor Doug Ducey on Monday vetoed a bill that would have allowed the licensed cultivation and production of industrial hemp in the state.

Senate Bill 1337 was overwhelmingly approved by both chambers of the legislature, who could easily override the veto.  The Senate initially voted 26 to 4 to approve the bill, which cleared the House by a 53-2 vote.  After some changes were made in the House, the Senate gave final approval of the measure by a 29-0 margin, with one abstention.

The bill, which could still become law if the legislature votes to override Gov. Ducey’s veto, would have allowed farmers to cultivate industrial hemp, overseen by the state Department of Agriculture.

The proposal was based on a 2014 federal policy that allows states to grow hemp for research purposes in accordance with federal guidelines. The Agricultural Act of 2014 allows universities and state departments of agriculture to begin cultivating industrial hemp for limited purposes if certain conditions are met:

  • the industrial hemp is grown or cultivated for purposes of research conducted under an agricultural pilot program or other agricultural or academic research; and
  • the growing or cultivating of industrial hemp is allowed under the laws of the state in which such institution of higher education or state department of agriculture is located and such research occurs.

Senate Bill 1337 was written to conform to those federal guidelines.  The full text of the measure can be found here.

According to the Arizona Daily Sun, Gov. Ducey said his only reason for the veto was the failure of the bill to provide funding for the state Department of Agriculture for administering the program.

Hemp is a distinct variety of the plant species cannabis sativa that contains only trace (less than one percent) amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive compound in cannabis.

Farmers worldwide grow hemp commercially for fiber, seed, and oil for use in a variety of industrial and consumer products, including food and clothing.

The United States imports an estimated $500 million worth of hemp annually from other countries.

The world’s leader in hemp production is China.

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Robot Budtenders Are Coming to Scan Your Fingerprints

For anyone who’s ever been too anxious or paranoid to interact with a living, breathing human being when buying cannabis, one company has a solution.

Phoenix-based American Green, a medical cannabis technology company, has introduced a vending machine that uses biometric verification (read: a fingerprint scan) to sell controlled or age-restricted items.

While the device could theoretically be used to sell just about anything—casino chips, booze, and even guns have been floated as possibilities—American Green has its sights on, well… suffice it to say the company is called American Green.

The machine, called the ZaZZZ according to the company’s website, debuted at a Las Vegas convention last month. While it’s not yet approved for use in any legal-cannabis state, industry insiders believe it could eventually be rolled out in states like California that allow cannabis sales outside of licensed dispensaries.

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According to USA Today’s Zlati Meyer, who first reported the story, the machine is able to screen potential buyers not just for age, but also, in medical states, to be sure they have valid doctor recommendations:

The unique feature of the prototype is that it can screen potential buyers. A customer sets up an account with a government-issued identification and, when needed, a doctor’s prescription. A scan of the account holder’s finger verifies it’s the right person. The machine is outfitted with a camera.

Erik Altieri, executive director of NORML, tells USA Today that the device “could make individuals who need [cannabis] more comfortable. They won’t run into their pastor or kindergarten teacher outside a dispensary.”

Unless, of course, their pastor or kindergarten teacher is in line for the cannabis vending machine.

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Security is apparently a top concern for the company, and USA Today says the company has planned for some scenarios that are, frankly, pretty gruesome:

Don’t even think about cutting off someone else’s finger to gain access to his or her account, though. [American Green’s former chief operating officer] explained that the finger scanner looks at vein architecture and if there’s no blood flowing through the dismembered digit, nothing will show up.

Whew!

While the ZaZZZ is chalk full of bells and whistles (and capital z’s), it’s not the first vending machine to offer cannabis products, as Time’s Brad Tuttle reports:

As surprising as it may sound, some vending machines already do sell marijuana. One machine, also operated by American Green, popped up in Seattle in 2015, and a marijuana dispensary in Vancouver introduced the first pot vending machine in Canada last year. But with these machines, there is always an employee on hand who will be checking ID before anyone can make a purchase.

Can’t get enough robot budtenders? Check out the USA Today video below. Or go old-school and read about security cows.


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Arizona Appellate Court Strikes Medical Marijuana Campus Ban

PHOENIX, AZ — An Arizona appellate court has ruled that a 2012 law amending the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (AMMA) to prohibit the use of medical cannabis on college campuses is unconstitutional.

“By enacting A.R.S. § 15-108(A), the Legislature modified the AMMA to re-criminalize cardholders’ marijuana possession on college and university campuses,” the Court opined. “The statute does not further the purposes of the AMMA; to the contrary, it eliminates some of its protections.”

The Court argued that campuses and universities possess the authority to enact their own individual policies restricting medical cannabis use, but that lawmakers cannot do so.

The decision overturned a medical-marijuana cardholder’s 2015 felony conviction for the possession of a small quantity of cannabis while attending Arizona State University.

Lifetime NORML Legal Committee member Tom Dean represented the patient-defendant in the case pro bono, and NORML Legal Committee attorney Tom Holtz filed an amicus curiae brief on behalf of NORML.

The Arizona Attorney General’s Office has not yet publicly stated whether they intend to appeal the ruling to the state Supreme Court.

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Arizona Appellate Court Strikes Down Law Banning Medical Marijuana on Campus

Arizona Appellate Court Strikes Down Law Banning Medical Marijuana on Campus | Paul Armentano

PHOENIX, AZ — An Arizona appellate court has ruled that a 2012 state law prohibiting the use of medical cannabis on college campuses is unconstitutional. Arizona voters in 2010 narrowly approved a statewide initiative, the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (AMMA), permitting qualified patients to possess and use medicinal cannabis. The Court determined that the legislature’s […]

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Leafly List: The Best Cannabis Dispensaries in Arizona, Spring 2017

THE LEAFLY LIST: ARIZONA

Spring 2017

The Leafly List ranks the top dispensaries and retail stores in each of the major North American cannabis markets every quarter. This region-specific version is designed to provide helpful, community-based information for cannabis consumers looking for the most relevant dispensaries in Arizona. It highlights the most talked-about locations in the state based on customer feedback metrics* and reviews of each location’s quality, service, and atmosphere. Check out the Leafly List FAQ for more information on how dispensaries are ranked.

The Leafly List is based on 100% objective customer feedback and data collected by Leafly. Businesses CANNOT pay for a spot on the list.

Phoenix, AZ

Swell Medical Marijuana Dispensary in Phoenix Arizona - November Leafly List

Phoenicians are initially drawn to Swell Farmacy for their generous new patient special, but they keep coming back for the rotating daily specials, attentive and knowledgeable budtenders, and wide selection of top-notch products. Open seven days a week, Swell’s Phoenix location more than lives up to its name.

Index: 93.44

What People are Saying:

“I can’t wait to return to Swell. Amazing strains at affordable prices daily. Huge fan of the preroll pack! Some of the friendliest staff in town this is a must visit!!!”—dread432

2439 West McDowell Rd. Phoenix, AZ

Centrally located in Phoenix, Nature’s AZ Medicines provides patients with a transparent cannabis experience, supplying its medicine from bulk quantities and operating as a licensed non-profit dispensary.

Index: 92.15

What People are Saying:

“My favorite dispensary always has the best concentrates. Almost all the budtenders are excellent. Best prices in town.” —speezy75

Phoenix, AZ

The Nirvana Center Medical Marijuana Dispensary - November Leafly List

The Nirvana Center might be the new kid in town, but this location is quickly gaining popularity points. It offers patients a free pre-roll with a $20 purchase during its daily happy hour, and visitors are impressed by the great selection, fair pricing, and downright comfy lobby no matter what time of day they visit.

Index: 91.45

What People are Saying:

“Best meds in Arizona, cant go wrong with any strains for low to top shelf. Will be back for sure.” —jgarcia71426

9420 W Bell Rd.Suite 108 Sun City, AZ

White Mountain Health Center medical marijuana dispensary in Sun City, Arizona

An array of daily specials and discounts makes White Mountain Health Center a top location in the Sun City area. Its friendly staff and quality cannabis have certainly attracted people to its location.

Index: 90.27

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What People are Saying:

“Awesome place just remodeled they have an awesome new look ! Still have the same awesome staff and even better selection of tree and wax! On top of making their own edibles they now make their own shatter now and it’s some of the best concentrate on town don’t miss out stop by and check them out!,” —blaaaazed420710

4126 W. Indian School Rd Phoenix, AZ

Herbal Wellness Center medical cannabis dispensary in Phoenix, Arizona

Herbal Wellness Center stands on three core principles: high-quality cannabis, education, and care for its patients. Its efforts show with its organically grown flower and collection of refined and unique concentrates.

Index: 90.19+

What People are Saying:

“Fantastic! Best bud around town! Service is great and budline is fast! Always have something new to try too!” —STEVEHOLT

8160 W. Union Hills Dr. Glendale, AZ

The Greenhouse Arizona Medical Marijuana Dispensary - Leafly List

With a knowledgeable staff of patient consultants and great specials for Leafly visitors, The GreenHouse is a great choice for quality cannabis in Glendale.

Index: 90.19+

What People are Saying:

“Definitely my top pick for dispensaries, great flower, great prices, best part is the environment just very relaxed! love this place!!” —mystycarters

Phoenix, AZ

Desert Rose Medical Cannabis Dispensary in Phoenix Arizona
Desert Rose, in the Happy Valley area of northern Phoenix, has been quick to win patients over with a carefully curated menu featuring local favorite strains and products plus a wide array of edibles, all of which are paired with customer service that consistently goes above and beyond.

Index: 88.34

What People are Saying:

“Great meds at great prices keep me coming back for more!! Worth the scenic drive. Hands down, lowest prices in the West Valley” —Jules1111

2630 West Indian School Rd Phoenix, AZ

Urban Greenhouse medical marijuana dispensary in Phoenix, Arizona

Urban Greenhouse grows its own flower in a newly built state-of-the-art commercial cultivation facility. With its knowledgeable staff and handcrafted cannabis, you’re sure to find the best strain to meet your needs.

Index: 87.83

What People are Saying:

“This location has great customer service and they had me in and out in less than ten minutes. Excellent location to purchase flowers and oils.” –mrmedical92

Mesa, AZ

Green Pharm DIspensary Mesa - Arizona Leafly List Spring 2017

Green Pharms’s Mesa location might be new, but it’s already a crowd favorite. Patients love that the friendly, expert budtenders at this family owned and operated dispensary weigh out and package each order on demand, resulting in a truly ‘farm-to-pharma’ experience.

Index: 86.55

What People Are Saying:

“First time at a dispensary and they were very nice. They explained everything and helped suggest various strains based on my need … I can’t say enough good things about this location. The security team is awesome too!” –alexei23

1613 N 40th St Phoenix, AZ

Tru Med medical marijuana dispensary in Phoenix, Arizona

Tru|med is a clean, elegant dispensary with a convenient location and friendly staff. Aside from its beautiful aesthetic, Tru|med is known for its highly-rated house strains like its OG Kush and the Tru|med Blue Dream, as well as a wide selection of cannabis edibles.

Index: 85.73

What People are Saying:

“When you go to Trumed you get the experience you dreamed about before knowing what it looks like when you go to your first dispensary. The presentation along with how good the quality of there products are. Whenever I get any buds from here. They always have big nice dense nugs. The quality of the buds to the staff to everything else is why Trumed has become the #1 destination for my medical products.” —DOOFYDUDE1996

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Photos Prove Government-Grown Cannabis Is Basically Ditch Weed

Take a second to appreciate this picture.

If you’ve seen cannabis before, we’ll forgive you for not recognizing it here.

That bowl of what looks like stuff you might dig out of an old lawnmower is actually government-approved medical marijuana. Since the 1960s, the United States has required that  all cannabis used for research be sourced through the government.

And there it is, in all its glory.

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No joke. The cannabis in that picture, the Washington Post reports, is the federally approved cannabis distributed to Sue Sisley, a researcher conducting a first-ever clinical trial of cannabis as a potential treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). To underscore the difference between government marijuana and the medical cannabis familiar to patients in most legal states, the Post published this side-by-side comparison:

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“Inhaling that would be like eating an apple, including the seeds inside it and the branch it grew on,” professional cannabis critic Jake Browne told the Post. “People typically smoke the flower of the plant, but here you can clearly see stems and leaves in there as well.”

Or as Twitter user @lightningjeff put it, “That’s drug abuse right there on the right.”

“It’s akin to investigating the effects of bourbon by giving people Bud Light.”

Washington Post

The PTSD researcher, Sisley, said she was disappointed when she first unwrapped the package. “It didn’t look like cannabis. It didn’t smell like cannabis,” she told PBS NewsHour, which described the substance’s as looking “like green talcum powder.”

Some of the samples Sisley received failed to conform to the chemical potency she’d requested for the study, she said. One strain, for example, was supposed to contain 13% THC. Sisley’s testing showed it was closer to 8%.

Other samples were contaminated with mold and yeast at levels that exceeded standards in adult-use states like Washington or Colorado.

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The cannabis was, like all government-approved cannabis, grown on a 12-acre farm at the University of Mississippi, overseen by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. And while it may be a laughable product, it’s hardly a laughing matter.

“For a researcher, it’s difficult to assess the real-world impact of high-end pot if you only have access to the low-quality stuff,” write the Post’s Chris Ingraham and Tauhid Chappell. “It’s akin to investigating the effects of bourbon by giving people Bud Light.”

NIDA has said it plans to produce “some additional marijuana this year and harvest some high THC material that will likely be above 13 percent THC.”


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Cannabis Legislation 2017: We’re Tracking All Legalization Bills

Most state legislatures reconvene in early January, and by February they’re in full swing, moving some bills forward and killing others in committee. This year 27 state legislatures are considering bills pertaining to cannabis in some form. (Well, okay: 26. Mississippi had two medical marijuana bills, but they’re already dead.) Some states are pushing full adult-use legalization. Others are pulling back on medical legalization measures adopted by voters last November. We’ll keep tracking them as they live and die. Most state legislatures adjourn by early June. Stay tuned.

Arizona

House Bill 2003 – Would legalize the use, possession, and sales of up to one ounce of cannabis for adults over the age of 21.

  • Likelihood of passing: Arizona came within a hair’s breadth of passing Proposition 205 last year and this bill is sure to see some traction. But do lawmakers prefer to leave it up to the voters?

Arkansas

House Bill 1400 – Would ban the smoking of medical cannabis and remove a portion of the law that allows landlords to permit patients to smoke on a leased property.

House Bill 1391 – Would allow cities and towns to ban medical dispensaries and cultivation sites.

House Bill 1392 – Would ban the production and sale of edibles for medical use.

  • Likelihood of passing: All three bills are fairly likely to pass, as the Arkansas Legislature is Republican-controlled, with a majority holding an anti-cannabis stance, including the governor and the surgeon general.

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California

Senate Bill 175 – Would prohibit cannabis businesses from using the name of a county unless the cannabis was produced in that county.

  • Likelihood of passing: Almost certain to pass. California has a reputation for embracing all things cannabis and this bill in particular would help protect the livelihood of certain cannabis businesses.

Colorado

Senate Bill 17-017 – Would allow medical marijuana for patients suffering from stress disorders, including PTSD and acute stress disorder.

  • Likelihood of passing: This is the fifth petition to add PTSD to Colorado’s medical marijuana program, and while this has advanced further than the previous attempts, it’s still a toss-up.

Georgia

House Bill 65 – Would remove requirements that patients be in the end stages of a disease to qualify for medical cannabis and would also add several new qualifying medical conditions, including PTSD and autism.

  • Likelihood of passing: Fairly slim, unfortunately. Lawmakers have been trying to pass a similar bill for the last two years and the Legislature fears that medical legalization is a slippery slope to adult use. HB65 will likely die on the House floor.

Senate Bill 16 – To lower the percent of THC allowed in MMJ from 5% to 3%.

  • Likelihood of passing: This has already passed through the Senate Health and Human Services Committee and will likely pass through the House and Senate, despite the fact that there is no scientific reasoning to lower the amount of THC permitted.

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Hawaii

Senate Bill 548 – Would legalize the personal use, possession, and sale of cannabis for adult use, and license and regulate retail marijuana establishments.

  • Likelihood of passing: This bill has a better than chance than many legalization measures this year, but since they are still dealing with the dispensary licensing process, they may want to wait until dispensaries are open and firmly established before moving on to legalization.

Senate Bill 16 – Would decriminalize the possession of up to one ounce of cannabis unless on school property or in a school zone.

  • Likelihood of passing: This has a pretty high likelihood of passing and would, in essence, create a barebones legalization. Possession would be unpunishable, but sales would still be prohibited. The bill makes a legal exemption for MMJ patients, but curiously, makes no mention of age limits, effectively allowing anyone to possess cannabis, including children. This will likely be amended before passing, but the Legislature will surely want to address that.

Indiana

Senate Bill 255 – Would legalize the use and possession of up to eight ounces of cannabis for medicinal use with a physician’s recommendation.

  • Likelihood of passing: This is the seventh time this medical marijuana bill has been introduced in Indiana, and it is fairly unlikely to succeed.

Senate Bill 15 – Would legalize hemp oil for the treatment of children with epilepsy.

  • Likelihood of passing: This is more likely to pass than Senate Bill 255; however, if it does pass, it is unlikely to provide safe access to state-produced legal hemp oil, even for patients who qualify.

Maryland

Senate Bill 928 – To repeal civil and criminal prohibitions of the use and possession of cannabis for adults 21 years of age and older.

  • Likelihood of passing: This bill is not particularly likely to pass, as the state is still struggling to get their medical marijuana program up and running.

Senate Bill 798 – Would reduce the penalties for the use and possession of less than 10 grams of cannabis for the first and second offense to a civil fine of no more than $100.

  • Likelihood of passing: This is far more likely to pass and would be an improvement overall for the state. With a significant minority population, reducing the number of cannabis-related arrests would definitely assist with race relations and the law enforcement community.

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Minnesota

H.F. 927 – Would legalize the use, possession, cultivation, distribution, and sales of cannabis for adults over the age of 21.

  • Likelihood of passing: Very unlikely. Minnesota has one of the strictest medical cannabis programs in the country and the likelihood of the Legislature passing a full legalization measure is almost nil.

Mississippi

Senate Bill 2378 – Would allow physicians to recommend medical cannabis as a treatment option for patients who qualify, and patients could possess up to three mature plants, four immature plants, and up to 30 grams of cannabis from each plant.

  • Likelihood of passing: Pretty slim. Mississippi is notoriously conservative and do not have anything even remotely resembling an MMJ program.
  • Update: Died in committee on January 31, 2017.

Senate Bill 2379 – Would remove marijuana and hashish from the state list of Schedule 1 controlled substances, as well as all criminal penalties.

  • Likelihood of passing: Fairly unlikely. This has a better chance of passing through the Legislature, but a decriminalization measure to reduce penalties to a civil fine (rather than removing penalties completely) would stand a much stronger chance.
  • Update: Died in committee on January 31, 2017.

Nebraska

Legislative Bill 622 – Would allow qualifying medical patients to access cannabis for medicinal purposes with the recommendation of a physician.

  • Likelihood of passing: This one’s a toss-up. On the one hand, Nebraskans are known for their “nice” nature, including compassion, hence the “compassion centers” outlined in the law. The bill has a better chance of being approved than a voter initiative, but with the Midwest, it’s anyone’s guess.

New Hampshire

House Bill 640 – Would reduce the penalty for the possession of to to one ounce of cannabis for adults to a $100 fine for the first offense, $200 for the second offense, and $350 for any subsequent offenses.

  • Likelihood of passing: This bill has already advanced through the committee, which means it has a fighting chance. Another bill to legalize cannabis for adult use did not advance.

New Mexico

Senate Bill 8 – Would presume eligibility for those applying to be in the medical marijuana program. This has widely been reported as allowing veterans to automatically qualify for the MMJ program, but it appears more aimed at cutting down the application process time, which has plagued New Mexico in recent months.

  • Likelihood of passing:  If the New Mexico Department of Health can skip even one step towards processing MMJ applications, it could cut wait times down significantly, as well as allowing better access, which means it would be in the best interest of the state government for this bill to pass. That being said, there will likely be some pushback from those concerned about ineligible residents taking advantage of the system.

House Bill 102 – The Marijuana Tax Act would legalize the use, possession, and sales of cannabis for those over the age of 21.

  • Likelihood of passing: This may have a better chance of passing than SB8, as New Mexico has a strong MMJ program and has considered adult use legalization for several years now.

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New York

Bill No. S03040 – Would enact the “Marihuana Regulation and Taxation Act” to legalize the growing, possession, and use of cannabis for adults 18 years of age and older.

  • Likelihood of passing: Slim to none. This bill has been introduced four years running and has been shot down every time. Aside from that, it seems more pertinent to improve the barely-functioning medical marijuana program before dipping into the waters of adult use legalization.

North Dakota

Senate Bill 2344 – Would significantly alter the recently passed Compassionate Care Act to reduce the amount of cannabis patients may possess, eliminate any option of home cultivation, and to cap the number of dispensaries and cultivators.

  • Likelihood of passing: There’s been enough pushback from advocates and even within the Legislature that it is unlikely that this bill will pass in its current form. The Legislature may, however, pass a similarly-worded bill in the future.

Oklahoma

House Bill 1877 – Would protect any qualifying medical marijuana patient from arrest or prosecution, so long as they qualify with the recommendation of a physician. A Medical Marijuana Commission would be charged with creating and overseeing dispensary and cultivation facilities.

  • Likelihood of passing: Pretty slim chances here. Oklahoma’s a strong Bible Belt state, and conservative legislators are unlikely to consider an MMJ push too seriously, even with 71 percent of Oklahomans in support.

Oregon

Senate Bill 301 – Would prohibit employers from requiring employees to refrain from using state-legal substances on their days off work.

  • Likelihood of passing: This is a fascinating bill, but it’s a long shot. State legalization laws generally allow employers to call the shots on employment practices, particularly related to cannabis usage. If this passes, it could set a new precedent and inspire similar laws in other adult-use states.

Rhode Island

H. 5274 – Would legalize the use, possession, and regulated sales of cannabis for adults 21 years of age and older.

  • Likelihood of passing: This has a very good chance to pass. Because Rhode Island does not allow voter initiatives, and their best chance for legalization is through the Legislature. Rhode Island has come close to legalization in the past few years – could 2017 be their year?

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South Carolina

S. 212 – The South Carolina Compassionate Care Act would legalize cannabis for use by qualified patients with the recommendation of a physician.

  • Likelihood of passing: This bill has a better chance than it would have even just a few years ago. There is a great deal of support for medical marijuana in South Carolina, but it may need to be enacted through the voters, rather than the Legislature.

South Dakota

Senate Bill 129 – Would remove a longstanding state law that places a cannabis user at risk of legal prosecution if they have ingested cannabis, whether or not they have cannabis on their person.

  • Likelihood of passing: This outdated law should have been removed from the books years ago. SB 129, which would do that, will hopefully pass with flying colors. This is a terrible law that should be removed.

Texas

Senate Bill 269 – Would allow patients with certain debilitating conditions to receive medical cannabis with a doctor’s recommendation.

  • Likelihood of passing: It is fairly unlikely that this medical marijuana bill will have a fighting chance in the Legislature. The state legalized low-THC cannabis oil in 2015, but they have yet to create the infrastructure for the program. It may be some time before MMJ makes its way to Texas.

House Bill 81 – Would reduce criminal penalties for individuals who possess an ounce or less of cannabis to a civil fine.

Senate Bill 170 – Would reduce the penalties for the possession of a small amount of cannabis to a civil fine.

  • Likelihood of passing: These decriminalization measures have a higher likelihood of passing. Texas is a cannabis curious state, but the state’s officials are cautious when it comes to making any sudden moves on cannabis in the Legislature.

Utah

House Bill 130 – Would allow universities to study the medicinal benefits of cannabis and cannabinoid products.

  • Likelihood of passing: This actually has a decent chance of passing, mostly because it will do very little to change the actual availability of medical cannabis in Utah. However, with the advancement of positive research, it will give pro-cannabis lawmakers ammunition for future MMJ endeavors.

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Virginia

House Bill 2135 – Would allow physicians to recommend medical cannabis for the treatment of any medical condition.

  • Likelihood of passing: Very unlikely. Although it has a progressive law on the books allowing an affirmative defense in court if caught with CBD oil, Virginia has proven reluctant to pass any fuller medical marijuana legislation.

House Bill 1635 – Would allow Virginians suffering from Crohn’s disease to use non-psychoactive oil derived from CBD and THC-A cannabinoids.

House Bill 1452 – Would legalize physician-prescribed CBD and THC-A oil for patients who suffer from cancer or epilepsy.

  • Likelihood of passing: These bills go hand-in-hand, and are about equally likely to pass. Neither outlines how a patient would procure said CBD and THC-A oil, so a passage would change very little to the state’s law.

Vermont

H. 170 – Would remove all criminal and civil penalties for the possession of two ounces or less of cannabis and the cultivation of two mature and seven immature cannabis plants for adults over the age of 21. It would not create a regulatory structure for retail sales.

  • Likelihood of passing: Vermont officials have been studying Colorado’s legalization for years. They came so close to legalizing in 2016, but were foiled at the last minute by fears about the opioid crisis. One year later, politicians and the public are more aware of studies showing that cannabis actually helps alleviate that crisis. This could be the year in Vermont.

Washington

House Bill 1092 – Would legalize the home cultivation of cannabis for personal use by adults over the age of 21.

  • Likelihood of passing: This bill is a toss-up. There’s no doubt that cannabis consumers in Washington want home cultivation, but the Washington Legislature has been skittish about making too many changes to adult-use measures as they stand.

Wisconsin

Senate Bill 10 – Would allow for the use and possession of cannabidiol oil for medicinal purposes with the recommendation of a physician (only if and when cannabidiol is rescheduled at a federal level).

  • Likelihood of passing: This is not particularly likely to pass, and even if it did, it is unlikely that the state would make any moves to enact it. Part of the bill specifies a requirement that CBD would have to be rescheduled at a federal level for the law to be workable, so it’s really just a good faith measure.

Assembly Bill 49 – Similarly, this bill also requires federal rescheduling to be workable, but would allow for the use of cannabidiol oil for medicinal purposes.

  • Likelihood of passing: Both laws require some kind of federal policy reform in order to be workable, and the Republican-controlled Legislature has proved time and again that they are unwilling to consider cannabis in any form medicine.

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Wyoming

House Joint Resolution 11 – Would amend the Wyoming Constitution to allow the cultivation, use, possession, and regulated sales of cannabis for adults 21 years of age and older.

  • Likelihood of passing: It’s a great first step, but super unlikely to make it very far. The resolution is barebones, with almost no detail. It will likely take a back burner and die before reaching the House floor.

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Marijuana Legalization Bill Filed in Arizona for 2017

PHOENIX, AZ — In November, Arizona’s Proposition 205 was the only marijuana-related statewide referendum that didn’t pass, being defeated by a slim 51% to 49% vote.

Now, just a little over a month later, State Representative Mark Cardenas (D-Louisville) has pre-filed a bill for the upcoming 2017 legislative session to give state lawmakers another chance at legalizing marijuana.  Cardenas filed a similar bill last year.

Cardenas’s bill, House Bill 2003, would legalize marijuana for adults 21 or older.  Adults would be allowed to purchase, use and possess up to one ounce of marijuana and gift up to one ounce of marijuana to other adults.

Adults would also be allowed to grow up to five cannabis plants at home, if certain criteria were met.  In order to grow their own cannabis, adults would either need to be the homeowner or have permission from their landlord.  Personal grows would be required to be hidden from public view, and adults would be required to make “reasonable precautions” to ensure the grow is secured and unable to be accessed by minors.

Adults would also be allowed to give away up to five plants to other adults, without compensation.

Marijuana accessories, such as bongs, pipes and other paraphernalia, would also be legal for adults to possess.

Retail sales would also be authorized, subject to a $50 per ounce excise tax.  Taxes would be earmarked for educational and health programs, as well as the state’s general fund.

The retail cannabis industry would be overseen by the state’s Department of Health Services, including licencing for pot shops and cultivation facilities.

Under the proposal, public use of marijuana would remain illegal, punishable by a civil penalty with fines up to $500.

Minors under 21 caught possessing up to one ounce of marijuana would have their pot seized by police, and they would be required to attend a 4-hour drug awareness class.  If they don’t attend the class within a year, they would face a civil fine of up to $300.

The bill also contains language to ensure protecting cannabis consumers’ privacy.  While a government issued photo ID would be required as proof of age to purchase marijuana from a retailer, pot shops would not be required to keep a record.

HB 2003 also contains a provision for allowing marijuana research, exempting researchers from the one ounce limit.

The bill makes no changes to the state’s existing medical marijuana program, and does not change penalties for possessing over one ounce of marijuana.

Under current Arizona law, possession of any amount of marijuana is a felony, punishable by steep fines and jail time.

Arizona’s 53rd Legislature convenes January 11, 2017 and runs through early April.

The full text of HB 2003 can be found here.

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