This Week in Arizona Cannabis News (11/15/2019)

With the 2020 election just a year away, many eyes are looking towards legalization. But is it too early to tell?

This week in Arizona, it was discovered over 100 jobs have become available, dispensaries are now offering cannabis educational classes, and a new initiative for recreational marijuana has been proposed.

Throughout this article, we’re going to look into these stories and more.

Food Drive Started by Curaleaf Dispensaries

In order to end the stigma currently facing the cannabis industry, Curaleaf Arizona has set up a food drive for the St. Mary’s Food Bank. The goal encourage medical marijuana patients to provide the non-perishable goods in order to show how cannabis smokers can have a positive impact on the community.

“Community advocacy has been – and continues to be – a guiding pricinipal of our operation, not only in Arizona, but across Curaleaf’s national network of dispensaries.”

Steve Cottrell, President of Curaleaf Arizona

In order to get more cannabis smokers involved, Curaleaf Arizona is offering incentives to those who donate. For ever 2 cans of food, they offer 0.25g pre-rolls. For every 5 cans, a 0.5g pre-roll. For every 10 cans, a 1g pre-roll. And for every 25 cans, a 5-pack of pre-rolls.

Some of the non-perishable items they recommend donating are as follows:

  • Beans
  • Boxed pastas
  • Canned tuna
  • Cereal
  • Chicken
  • Chili
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Peanut butter
  • Soups
  • Stews

Last year, Arizona medical marijuana patients had donated over 13,000 lbs of food. Curaleaf hopes to at least double those numbers this year.

Over 100 Cannabis-Related Jobs Available in Arizona

The United States has seen an influx of new job opportunities due to cannabis legalization. And Arizona is not shy of this influx.

It’s recently been reported that there are currently over 100 jobs available in Arizona’s cannabis industry.

Are you interested in quitting your day job and getting involved in this booming market? Well, we’ve provided you with a list of places to look for cannabis career opportunities in Arizona:

Phoenix Metro Area:

Tuscon Metro Area:

Northern Arizona:

Class is Now in Session!

Sun City’s Sol Flower, a mix-use medical marijuana dispensary, is now offering open invitations on educational classes surrounding mind, body, and spirit.

These classes are free (unless noted) and will feature a number of different topics concerning everything that has to do with natural health. Including cannabis consumption!

If interested, we invite you to visit Sol Flower’s website for more information.

Change Coming to Arizona’s Medical Cannabis

This past may, the Arizona Supreme Court made all marijuana extracts (including concentrates) legal. This gave patients the right to be in possession of them and dispensaries the rights to sell them.

However, the legal amount of cannabis extracts was yet to be determined. Until now, it was ruled that patients are allowed to hold up to 2.5 ounces and purchase this amount every two weeks.

But that number is bound to change. The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) is now going to determine the legal flower-to-concentrate ratio. This is consequential news to any patient who may be currently in possession of a large amount of cannabis concentrates.

If the ADHS follows other states, such as Colorado, it’ll most likely develop a 3.5:1 ratio (for every ounce (28 grams) of cannabis flower, 8 grams of marijuana extract is allowed).

2nd Recreational Marijuana Initiative Just Proposed in Arizona

In November 2020, recreational cannabis legalization may be on the ballot.

This is thanks to the Arizona Cannabis Chamber of Commerce (AZC3), a private organization who’s made up of Arizonans who are pro-cannabis. They’ve just developed an initiative and, if it’s approved by the Arizona Legislature, it’ll be on the ballet come next November.

One of the biggest things AZC3 is trying to do through legalization is develop a number of marijuana retail establishments across Arizona.

Other key factors of the initiative include:

  • Make 1/4 of all new licenses dedicated to rural areas of Arizona.
  • Possession being legal of up to 1 oz. (28 grams) of marijuana for any Arizona resident above the age of 21.
  • 16% tax on all marijuana purchases
  • Testing requirements
  • Making the industry regulated by the Arizona Dept. of Liquor Licenses and Control
  • Expunging prior marijuana convictions for possession of under 1 oz. (28 grams).

The Arizona Legislature may not approve this initiative. But if so, it’s going to be vital for Arizonans to come together in order to make legalization happen.

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