Arlin Troutt, Marijuana Activist, Vows to Appeal Ruling on Arizona Cultivation Limit

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Arlin Troutt
When Arlin Troutt was sentenced in February 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 frontman for a line of hempwear affiliated with country singer Willie Nelson had been convicted of conspiring to transport and sell about 250 pounds of marijuana. Then 46, Troutt railed against the government's anti-marijuana policies to the judge, extolling the plant's value as "food, fuel, fiber, and medicine."

His lawyer told the press the speech probably added 19 months to Troutt's sentence of eight years, one month.

Troutt, now 64 and living in Gold Canyon, is still fighting the Man in the name of cannabis. He vows to appeal an administrative law judge's August 12 ruling that upholds a state rule prohibiting medical-marijuana patients from growing marijuana within 25 miles of a dispensary.

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Arizona Medical-Marijuana Patients Could Buy Pot in Nevada Dispensaries Under New Plan

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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-marijuana program will honor Arizona registration cards.

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Arizona Surpasses 50,000 Medical-Marijuana Patients

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Arizona now has more than 50,000 medical-marijuana patients.
New statistics by the Arizona Department of Health Services show that Arizona now has more than 50,000 qualifying, adult patients.

As of June 30, the state had 52,638 "active cardholders," which is a 9.1 percent increase from the last official number published by the agency on March 28 of 48,231 patients.

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Judge: Medical-Marijuana Patients Can Sell Pot to Other Patients Because Law is Vague

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Arizona's medical-marijuana law is so vague, the state can't prosecute patients who sell pot to other patients, a Pima County Superior Court judge has ruled.

The offbeat July 2 ruling and dismissal of a criminal case by Judge Richard Fields has the potential to open up all sorts of entrepreneurial opportunities for Arizonans to sell marijuana legally -- if it survives an appeal.

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PTSD Sufferers Can Obtain Medical Marijuana Under Arizona Law Starting in January

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Sufferers of post-traumatic stress disorder can begin obtaining medical marijuana legally under Arizona law as soon as January.

Will Humble, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, announced the decision today in his blog. PTSD patients and medical-cannabis advocates have been expecting a decision since last month, when state Administrative Law Judge Thomas Shedden ruled that PTSD should be deemed a qualifying ailment.


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U of A Denies "Political Pressure" Played Role in Firing of Dr. Sue Sisley

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The University of Arizona isn't saying much about the firing of medical-marijuana researcher Sue Sisley, but officials deny any political motivations.

In an email sent to the Phoenix New Times in response to our questions this morning, a U of A representative also notes that the university has "championed" medical-marijuana research.


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Dr. Sue Sisley, Medical-Marijuana Researcher, Fired From U of A Job in Alleged Political Move

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Dr. Sue Sisley, the outspoken physician and medical-marijuana researcher, has been fired from a University of Arizona job, possibly due to political pressure.

Joe "Skip" Garcia, the University of Arizona's senior vice president for health sciences, who happens to earn $810,000 a year, is being trounced in the news this morning over this -- accused of doing the bidding of state Senate President Andy Biggs.


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Hospice Service Offers Medical-Marijuana Help for Patients

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Legally obtaining and using marijuana just got easier for patients of one Valley-based home-hospice service.

Starting this month, Comprehensive Hospice and Palliative Care offers an in-house doctor who will recommend cannabis for patients who qualify under state law.

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PTSD Sufferers Should Be Able to Use Medical Marijuana in Arizona, Says Judge

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An administrative law judge this week ordered the state to allow PTSD sufferers to use medical marijuana, reversing a decision by the state health-services department.

Will Humble, director of the state DHS, wrote about Wednesday's decision by state Administrative Law Judge Thomas Shedden in his blog today.

"I have until July 9 to either accept, reject or modify the recommended decision," Humble wrote. "I'll be studying the report and will make a decision after analyzing the Decision and Order."

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A Convicted Thief and a Chiropractor Claim Their Pot Company Medbox Isn't a One-Hit Wonder

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Peter Bollinger

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 the rows of dispensing trays.

The machines are the flagship product of Medbox, one of the hottest companies in the burgeoning industry of legal marijuana.

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