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Arizona may have a booming medical marijuana industry. But a recent court ruling could jeopardize one of the fastest growing products — cannabis oil. The case is expected to reach the state's highest court. And it's revealing how the industry is still struggling to find legitimacy, even as more people than ever use marijuana.
Part 1: Concern And Confusion
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Phoenix Entrepreneurs Visit Mexico City To Learn, Expand
A group of entrepreneurs from Arizona visited Mexico City this week. And the goal of this business trip was to get a better understanding of another culture, while building partnerships.
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Arizona Construction Jobs On The Rise
The Arizona construction industry has added 900 jobs in the past month and over 15,000 in the past year, according to figures released Thursday by the Office of Economic Opportunity.
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More Americans Are Eating At Home
There’s something comforting about home cooking. And, even though a lot of restaurants advertise that their cooking is as good as your mother’s, recent data shows that more Americans are staying in than they did a decade ago.
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AZ Federal Outdoors Program Needs Reauthorization
The Interior Department says Arizona will get $2 million from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Without congressional action, the program is scheduled to lapse at the end of the month. But last week, the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee approved a bill to reauthorize it.
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How One Man’s Arrest Could Derail Medical Marijuana In Arizona
The arrest of a patient in Arizona is threatening to upend the state’s medical marijuana industry. It’s a case likely headed to the Arizona Supreme Court. The second part in a series about the issues surrounding medical marijuana laws in Arizona looks at how the case began.
Part 1: Concern And Confusion
Podcast Playlist: The Indicator — Weed GDP
When Canada said it would legalize recreational marijuana, some people thought: I am going to have an amazing party. Others worried about what to tell their kids. James Tebrake had a different thought: What happens to a country's economy when a popular drug goes from being illegal to being legal?
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Loan Offers Phoenix Workers
A new loan program that will be offered to Phoenix employees is raising some eyebrows.
Author: America
The American dream is a very distant dream for a growing number of Americans who wonder whether opportunities — especially educational and financial — are beyond their reach. Author Steven Brill argues this development is five decades in the making.
How To Know Which College To Attend
U.S. News and World Report earlier this month unveiled its 2019 Best Colleges Rankings. But John Byrnes argues these rankings, and others, are flawed and should not be the be all and end all of where a student goes to college.
How Does Arizona Fair On Family And Medical Leave?
It’s been 25 years since the Family and Medical Leave Act was approved by the federal government, and in the years since then, half of the states haven’t moved beyond the basics related to protection of unpaid leave.
Concern Raised On Wording For Clean Energy Initiative
Backers of the Clean Energy for a Healthy Arizona initiative have fought — and won — court challenges over its so-called “misleading language,” and now there’s new back-and-forth on the wording of this.
The Takeaway: Trump
The Trump administration announced another round of tariffs on a list of nearly 6,000 different kinds of goods imported from China, this week. China struck back with additional $60 billion dollars in tariffs on American goods.
AZ Needs More Reserves To Weather Economic Downturn
While U.S. states’ financial health has strengthened in 2018 compared with last year, fewer than half have enough financial reserves to weather the first year of a moderate recession, according to a report released Monday.
Study Details Costs Of High Arizona Imprisonment Rate
Arizona has the fourth-highest per capita imprisonment rate in the country and a new report details the factors putting people behind bars. On the heels of a similar report released by the ACLU, FWD.US is out with a study of the causes for Arizona’s high imprisonment rate.
Medical School Coming To Phoenix Park Central Mall
Less than a month after Phoenix leaders approved plans to build a parking garage at Park Central Mall, a new tenant has been revealed.
Canadian Company Acquires Helium Rich Arizona Land
Earlier this month, about 4,000 acres of federal land in northern Arizona were put up for auction for oil and gas development.
Canals Could Become Economic Engines For Valley
As the weather starts to get a bit cooler, at least in the morning and evening, you might start to see more and more walkers, joggers, cyclists, dog walkers and other people along the canals that run through the Phoenix area.
Neo-Luddite Movement Grows
During the Industrial Revolution, some textile workers, called Luddites, rebelled against the machines replacing them. Today, in a world of Russian hacking and tracking and targeted ads, there is a new wave of luddites who view technology with a healthy dose of skepticism.
Modern Technology Raises Ethical Questions
Staying connected to the world, work and family is easier than ever — if a little tiring — thanks to technological advances in smartphones, smart speakers and search engines. But changes are so rapid now that huge questions keep popping up — especially ethical questions.
Lucid Motors Could Be Making Its Way To The Valley
A major cash investment, made via the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia, is intended to provide the needed capital allowing Lucid Motors to complete its Arizona manufacturing facility.