When Arlin Troutt was sentenced in February of 1996 for a marijuana-selling conspiracy, a crowd of supporters came to the Minneapolis federal courtroom to cheer him on. The Arizona resident and former front-man for a line of hemp-wear affiliated with country singer Willie Nelson had been convicted ... More >>
Medical-marijuana patients from Arizona and other states could shop legally at as-yet-unopened Nevada dispensaries under a plan being developed by Nevada authorities. Chad Westom, bureau chief of the Nevada Division of Public & Behavioral Health, said on Monday that his state's new medical-marijuan ... More >>
Marijuana use by teens continues to decline in Colorado since the proliferation of retail medical-pot stores, but the state's health department would rather focus on perceptions over reality. A news release put out today by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is headlined, "New ... More >>
The University of Arizona will be joining hundreds of other universities across the country with a campus ban on smoking.UA's "Smoking and Tobacco Policy" also includes a ban on using electronic cigarettes on campus.
In Arizona, 21 percent of the people receiving health insurance through the exchange established by Obamacare are children.That's easily the nation's highest proportion of children getting insured through Obamacare, and on its face, it seems like a good thing -- kids are getting insured in a state w ... More >>
At BC Wellness Center, a small retail shop in Black Canyon City, two black vending machines sit side by side behind a counter, where they can be accessed only by employees. Instead of Famous Amos cookies or soda pop, packets of buds and various cannabis-infused edibles and juices sit tucked into th ... More >>
Arizona still has the third-highest rate of uninsured children in the nation.However, that rate is dropping, and a report released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation provides some insight into what type of kids are getting insured.
Since the beginning of Arizona's medical marijuana program, people have petitioned the state health department to add post-traumatic stress disorder as a qualifying condition for medical pot.However, PTSD and other conditions aren't added to the list, due to a lack of scientific research on the risk ... More >>
Girl Scout Danielle Lei has been making headlines for her savvy business decision to sell Girl Scout cookies outside of a medical marijuana dispensary in San Francisco. According to Time, Lei sold 117 boxes of Dulce de Leches and Tagalong cookies in just two hours last weekend. That's 37 more than s ... More >>
Maps released by the state health department show the areas around the state that have the most medical-marijuana patients.All these hot spots are in the Phoenix area, and most are around North Phoenix, Scottsdale, and the East Valley.
It's been said that the most important demographic group for the success of Obamacare is the "young invincibles" -- healthy young adults.And there's no state with a smaller proportion of young people buying health insurance through the Obamacare exchange than Arizona.
Not long after Peoria police made public a bust of an unlicensed medical-marijuana facility, Sheriff Joe Arpaio was touting a similar bust by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office in Avondale.In both cases, police allege the businesses were illegally selling the pot to medical-marijuana patients, usi ... More >>
Peoria police served a search warrant at an alleged "illegal medical marijuana dispensary," leading to the arrests of five people.A Peoria police spokeswoman says Pure Essentials, near 77th Avenue and Deer Valley Road, was leased as a "weight loss and wellness facility."
This year was an important year for marijuana-related issues in Arizona.Some of the most important battles of the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act were fought this year, and there appears to be a future for legalization. Check out the top 10 marijuana stories from New Times this year:
News production isn't a perfect science, as evidenced by some of our fellow Fourth Estate-ers of Phoenix.From an accidental C-bomb, to racial insensitivity, to slow news days, to a guy who's just makin' it up, and more, we bring you the 10 worst local media moments of 2013:
More than 2,800 Arizonans picked out a health insurance plan last month through the federal marketplace established by Obamacare.In October, the first month the marketplace became available, just 739 Arizonans picked a plan, although well-publicized troubles with the healthcare.gov website kept peop ... More >>
The Arizona Republic published a TKO of its editorial board this weekend, after the writers declared that the state's voter-approved medical-marijuana program was "one of the biggest cons around."Dr. Gina Mecagni, a local emergency physician, simply annihilated the Republic's assertion that most med ... More >>
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery's bad advice to County Supervisors on medical marijuana has resulted in less county control of dispensary locations. The county is now prohibited from imposing any of its own restrictions on a planned dispensary for Sun City because the county failed to comp ... More >>
When voters approved the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act in 2010, do you think they wanted to prevent patients from getting specific forms of marijuana?That's what the mother of 5-year-old Zander Welton is asking. The ACLU and the Weltons have filed a lawsuit asking the court to clarify that the defin ... More >>
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on Monday in Maricopa County Superior Court to resolve the issue of medical-marijuana extracts for a seizure-plagued boy. Saying an oil from a low-THC strain of marijuana has dramatically reduced the seizures suffered by 5-year-old Zander Welton, t ... More >>
Senator Jeff Flake thinks the public should know how many people have enrolled in the health insurance marketplaces created by Obamacare.Flake released a letter he sent to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, asking for reports on enrollment in the federal and state-run exchanges.
Some congressional Republicans think U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius seems to have a lot of reasons to delay testifying before Congress on problems with the healthcare.gov website.Republican Congressman David Schweikert suggests Sebelius answer some questions during her vi ... More >>
The national Marijuana Policy Project, bolstered by federal approval of state pot-freedom laws, plans to put a Colorado-style legalization initiative on Arizona's ballot for 2016. It's part of a master plan to pass similar legalization laws in 10 states by 2017. "We're feeling very good about what ... More >>
The Marijuana Policy Project has named Arizona Republican Representative John Kavanagh the third-worst state legislator in the country.Obviously, the Marijuana Policy Project is only taking into account Kavanagh's fanatical anti-marijuana crusade, which is just one freaky thing about the guy's recor ... More >>
Dozens of medical-pot dispensaries dot the state from nearly every corner since the first one, Arizona Organix of Glendale, opened in November. A recent newsletter to patients released by the state Department of Health and obtained by New Times shows the addresses of 48 of these pioneering business ... More >>
Despite the fact that Arizona has a medical-marijuana law, that law does not turn a neighborhood weed dealer into a bona fide medical-marijuana salesman.This apparently comes as news to several Phoenix residents, as a New Times review of superior court filings shows that police have busted several d ... More >>
Could it be that Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu is even more of a liberal Republican than we thought? We know he supports same-sex marriage and gays in the military. But what about his views on medical marijuana? Well, consider that he handpicked for his staff a fitness trainer/bodybuilder/book ... More >>
Medical-marijuana cardholders can be prosecuted when they possess too much weed or do something else that falls outside the boundaries of state law, the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled last week. It sounds like a no-brainer -- break the law, you could be prosecuted. But the voter-approved 2010 Medic ... More >>
Ninety percent of medical-marijuana cardholders didn't qualify for nothing but "chronic and severe pain," as Channel 5's Morgan Loew reported last week, the director of the Arizona Department of Health Services told us this morning. New Times writer Matthew Hendley wrote several articles recently a ... More >>
Rushing to the defense of CBS 5's severely flawed "investigation" of the state's medical-marijuana program is Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles, who wants to add to the disinformation campaign.In fact, Voyles sent out a press release including a public thank-you note to CBS 5, thanking them for the ... More >>
CBS 5 -- the local news station that claims to be "telling it like it is" -- ran one of the stranger "investigations" we've seen from a local TV station.In the report, "investigative reporter" Morgan Loew told the state health department it was true that he had severe and chronic pain, but then clai ... More >>
CBS 5 -- the local news station that claims to be "telling it like it is" -- prominently displayed a made-up statistic during its recent anti-medical marijuana propaganda piece "investigation."In the report, in which "investigative reporter" Morgan Loew told the state health department it was true t ... More >>
As our colleague Ray Stern pointed out yesterday, it was not even a year ago that Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk declared the feds would shut down every medical-marijuana dispensary in Arizona "as it opens."Stern called bull on Polk's claims at the time, and as you can tell at this point -- sin ... More >>
State Senator Kimberly Yee's plan to let cops seize and destroy medical-marijuana at their whim appears dead, a political consultant for the dispensary industry says. Jason Rose, previously a PR guy for the likes of Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Andrew Thomas, now counts among his clients the Regulated Di ... More >>
The state-regulated medical-marijuana dispensary industry that Arizona voters approved in late 2010 is becoming a reality, with three new retail shops opening this week. Two dispensaries were slated to open today: One in Glendale (the city that already supports the only medical-pot facility in the ... More >>
As Mr. Zimmerman once crooned long ago, the times they are a changin', and though progress has generally leap-frogged our benighted state, there are odd signs that Arizona is slouching toward the 21th Century, like some rough beast come round at last. See also: -Arizona Organix Steps Out as the Sta ... More >>
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery has been shot down by the Arizona Supreme Court in his attempt to expedite a decision about Arizona's medical-marijuana law. Today's decision by the state's highest court to reject Montgomery's petition represents a lost battle for the conservative lawman's ... More >>
Former anti-drug crusader U.S. Attorney Mel McDonald, who was appointed by President Ronald Reagan, appears to be very serious about defending Arizona's medical-marijuana law as a citizen and father of a patient who uses medical marijuana.You may have seen the video McDonald recorded a couple months ... More >>
On the list of people we'd probably never expect to come out in support of the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, we'd probably put an anti-drug crusader U.S. Attorney who was appointed by President Ronald Reagan somewhere near the top of the list.However, we've seen that man, A. Melvin McDonald, all ov ... More >>
The second public-opinion poll released in recent weeks on Arizona's medical-marijuana law also shows that voters support the act more than in 2010, when it was approved by voters.The newest poll, from Chad Willems' Summit Consulting Group, says 55 percent of "likely voters" support the law, while j ... More >>
James Chaney, the owner of a Tempe medical-marijuana club that was the site of a shooting last year, was arrested today in a raid of the club and two alleged Tempe "grow houses." In a news release that invites the media to talk to cops about the raids at, hilariously, 4:20 p.m., Tempe police detail ... More >>
A group of medical-marijuana dispensary owners at the State Capital yesterday afternoon urged authorities to shut down unregulated cannabis clubs. Meanwhile, up the road in a small, west Valley strip mall, medical-marijuana patients toked up openly in a "lounge" that has the look, feel, and scent o ... More >>
John Kavanagh, the Republican State Representative from Fountain Hills, doesn't want any exceptions in a proposed medical-pot repeal for patients with cancer, AIDS, or any other serious disease. Verifiable illness or not, they would be booked into jail under Arizona's felony possession law like any ... More >>
People who thought teens would be using marijuana more because of Arizona's 2010 medical-pot law are wrong, a new study shows. Combined, the percentage of 8th, 10th and 12th graders who reported using marijuana at least once in their lives went from 29.9 percent before the law passed to 28.7 percen ... More >>