The Arizona Court of Appeals ruled late last month that patients holding valid medical marijuana cards can still face criminal prosecution for possession of hashish. For those Arizonans who always assumed the two substances were essentially the same, the ruling comes as a surprise. In fact, as commonly used, the words marijuana and hashish are…

Just over a year ago, we reported in our blog (“Court Says No to College Ban on Medical Marijuana”) that the Arizona Court of Appeals had examined the legislature’s attempt to ban medical marijuana on college campuses. The legislative ban was seen by the court as an attempt to override the clear directions of the…

History of Attempts to Legalize Marijuana for Medical Use in Arizona Medical marijuana has had a rather tortured history in Arizona. When Proposition 203 was finally passed by the voters in 2010, it was actually the fourth time that the issue was on the ballot. Here are the results of the prior three attempts: 1996….

Three men are under arrest for what police say was the operation of a fake medical marijuana dispensary in Phoenix. According to reports, the men were selling marijuana, as well as foods such as brownies, muffins and candy, all of which allegedly contained pot. But the authorities add that the men did not have a…

This past Friday, Maricopa County filed a petition with the Arizona Supreme Court to bypass the Court of Appeals and have its appeal of the recent medical marijuana decision go directly to the high court. The petition is the latest response of the government to the decision, reported in our blog of December 14, 2012,…

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