A new investigation from the Arizona Republic finds cannabis convictions in the state disproportionately impact people of color, and that their first conviction on a pot charge often led to other charges, once they were released from prison.
Nov. 17, 2021
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The deadline to get state-mandated training to run a marijuana dispensary or similar business in Arizona as part of a “social equity ownership program" is fast approaching.
Nov. 16, 2021
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State health officials have announced a recall of 11 marijuana products to protect Arizonans from possible salmonella and mold contamination.
Nov. 12, 2021
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As part of last year’s ballot measure legalizing recreational marijuana, the Department of Health Services is required to issue 26 retail licenses to people in communities affected by Arizona’s biased enforcement of previous marijuana laws.
Oct. 10, 2021
Maricopa County court
Arizonans with marks for possession of up to two and a half ounces of marijuana, six plants or less, and cannabis paraphernalia can have them deleted from their criminal record. Nearly two months after this part of Prop. 207 took effect, Maricopa County Superior Court is getting an average of 650 requests per week.
Sep. 3, 2021
Marijuana in Mexico
Mexico’s Supreme Court made headlines around the world in late June when it ruled that prohibitions on recreational use of marijuana were unconstitutional. But the legal status of marijuana remains complicated for entrepreneurs in neighboring Sonora who look forward to the possibility of selling the drug legally.
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Aug. 25, 2021
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The state health department has scheduled free, mandatory training for Arizonans hoping to get a license to sell marijuana through a social equity program.
Aug. 20, 2021
David Holthouse Hulu Sasquatch documentary
Writer and documentary filmmaker David Holthouse has covered a lot of dangerous, interesting stories — including during a stint at Phoenix New Times in the 1990s. His latest project is a Hulu documentary series called "Sasquatch."
Jul. 30, 2021
reefer madness actors
The 1936 film “Reefer Madness" is a black and white flick that paints marijuana as a drug that’s as dangerous as heroin and cocaine, and that promises a “hysterical downward spiral filled with evil jazz music, sex and violence” as a result of smoking marijuana. Now the cult classic has been adapted for the stage as a musical.
Jul. 23, 2021
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Chemicals called terpenes give cannabis its pungent aroma. They give marijuana a sweet or skunky smell and taste.
Jul. 15, 2021
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Courts in Arizona are now taking requests to erase certain marijuana offenses from people’s records, such as possession of up to two-and-a-half ounces or as many as a half-dozen plants.
Jul. 12, 2021
Medical marijuana at Giving Tree
Arizona voters approved legalizing marijuana for recreational use in last November’s election. But with pot newly legalized, there may be some awkward conversations or situations related to it. That’s where Lizzie Post comes in.
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Jul. 9, 2021
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While getting permits to use and grow marijuana will become easier, purchasing the drug — among many other things — remain illegal.
Jun. 29, 2021
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Arizona health officials have announced a recall of certain marijuana products to protect Arizonans from possible salmonella and mold contamination. There have so far been no reports of people getting sick.
Jun. 23, 2021
Person getting a COVID-19 vaccine
The Navajo Nation’s Diné College has joined the White House’s COVID College Challenge that’s part of President Joe Biden’s effort to reach a 70% nationwide vaccination goal by July 4.
Jun. 21, 2021
Proposition 207 legalized recreational marijuana in Arizona, but it also opened up a pathway for those who have been convicted of certain marijuana-related crimes to have their records expunged. But to get a record expunged, a person must petition a court. That can be a difficult process that requires a lawyer, not something everyone can afford.
Jun. 14, 2021
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On Thursday a panel of 9th U.S. Circuit judges is scheduled to hear from lawyers for a Scottsdale-based researcher who wants the federal government to change how cannabis is classified. Court documents filed by lawyers for the Drug Enforcement Administration say the legal challenge should be thrown out.
Jun. 9, 2021
Arizona Department of Public Safety K-9
The passage of Proposition 207, which legalized recreational marijuana in Arizona, led to some unintended consequences by putting some police dogs out of work. Many police dogs were trained to sniff out the formerly illegal drug and are now facing forced retirement. The need for police dogs isn’t decreasing.
Jun. 7, 2021
Arizona Supreme Court building
The state has launched a new website to help people determine if they are eligible to have their records expunged for marijuana-related offenses.
Jun. 3, 2021
Charli Calvin
The state health department released final rules about who qualifies to pursue a license. But efforts to help those hurt by the drug war in other parts of the country where marijuana has been legalized have been criticized for not living up to their intentions. Now it’s Arizona’s turn to try and ingrain social justice values sought by many in the U.S. into a developing and profitable industry.
Jun. 2, 2021


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