Wait….Arizona is Issuing New Medical Marijuana Licenses?

Article by: Janet Jackim, Co-Chair of the Cannabis Practice Group, jjackim@zuberlawler.com. (Phoenix, Arizona)  New MMJ Licenses to be Issued.  Yes, Arizona’s Department of Health Services recently (the day before Thanksgiving, 2022) notified the public that it may issue new medical marijuana licenses in February or March, 2023. Historical Context.  Historically, Arizona voters narrowly passed Prop…

Considerations for Crafting Cannabis Legislation

Article by: Partner Christopher Parrington In 1996, California became the first state to legalize medical marijuana. Sixteen years later, Colorado and Washington legalized recreational cannabis. The industry has since exploded. To date, 19 states have legalized recreational cannabis. Eighteen states have  legalized medical marijuana,  and  10  states have  legalized  cannabidiol (CBD) or low-THC cannabis. In…

California Drops Cannabis Cultivation Tax, Aims to Bolster Licensed Market

By: Counsel James Raza Lawrence   California recently provided a jolt to its cannabis industry by eliminating its cannabis cultivation tax, effective July 1, 2022.  The cultivation tax has, for years, created a drag on California’s licensed cannabis market and caused many businesses to continue operating in the illicit, unlicensed market.  Given that the cannabis…

What’s Happening on Arizona’s Recently Awarded 26 Social Equity Licenses? Not much, at least not publicly…

By: Partner Janet Jackim   Randomized Drawing to the Select Few.  On April, 8 2022 the Arizona Department of Health Services conducted a digital lottery on approximately 1,500 applications to award 26 adult use only marijuana dispensary licenses.  The drawing did not disappoint several regional and multi-state operators who had partnered with sometimes hundreds of…