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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Smoking Concentrated Marijuana, Known as Dabbing, Is All the Rage

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Smoking concentrated marijuana oil is exploding in popularity, with many cases nationwide of amateur chemists experiencing explosions in their homes. Manufacturing and use of the substance comes with risks not seen with "normal" pot: Scorched skin when using the red-hot smoking apparatus is inevitable, aficionados say.

Longtime marijuana advocates and High Times magazine have expressed concern, noting that contaminants in the product are hazardous and that some smokers — especially novices — may pass out after taking a hit.

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Yuma Must Return Patient's Marijuana After Losing Case in U.S. Supreme Court

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Yuma County Sheriff Leon Wilmot told the media last summer that returning marijuana to a medicinal user was "not how we do business."

But Wilmot did not return calls or even issue a statement this morning after the U.S. Supreme Court decided -- by its inaction -- that Wilmot must give the pot back to the patient.

With the decision to turn down the Yuma case for a hearing, the U.S. Supreme Court has sided squarely with the state's medical-marijuana law.

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