Arizona saw a 41 percent increase in medical marijuana sales in 2018, according to data released by the state Department of Health Services this week. In all, approximately 61 tons of cannabis products were sold by medical marijuana dispensaries in the state. Sales by weight of cannabis flower were up 40 percent and the total sales by weight of edibles, concentrates, and other products grew by 55 percent. The department does not estimate dollar values for the cannabis sold.
Sales of marijuana products grew faster than the number of medical marijuana patients registered with the state. More than 186,000 patients are now registered, an increase of nearly 20 percent. Will Humble, a former state health director who served when medical cannabis was legalized in Arizona in 2010, said the difference in the growth of patients and sales does not necessarily indicate that the average patient is consuming more cannabis.
“You’ve got a subset of the patients that are buying a lot of marijuana,” Humble said.
“And then there are patients that aren’t buying anything hardly,” Humble added, noting that some registered patients continue to buy their cannabis from the black market rather than from medical marijuana dispensaries licensed by the
On Sunday, journalist Deidre Olsen posted a Twitter thread presenting allegations from several individuals that Marc Emery, a Canadian cannabis activist known as the “Prince of Pot,” created an uncomfortable, sexually charged environment at his groundbreaking Cannabis Culture dispensaries. The accusations even go as far to say that he based women’s employment off of their tolerance for his “unwanted sexual harassment.”
“I was watching Surviving R. Kelly and couldn’t make it through the first episode, I was so upset,” Olsen (who uses the pronouns they and them) told High Times. “I have not been traumatized into silence. I decided that enough was enough.”
Olsen was 17-years-old when they first met Emery online. He would often send them flirtatious messages, and on a trip to a Cannabis Culture store, he put a bong between his legs. Emery then invited Olsen to sit on his lap and take a hit. He went so far as to offer Olsen a job at Cannabis Culture, which they turned down with their mother’s support.
Marc Emery is known as a leader in the Canadian cannabis legalization movement. In 2005, he was arrested and extradited to the United States on charges of selling marijuana seeds by mail. He served
As the United States continues to grapple with cannabis legalization on the federal level, a number of companies in Canada are positioning themselves to succeed on a global scale. But few have managed to spread their roots like the Ontario-based Canopy Growth Corporation. Already known for its high quality ganja brand Tweed, the company has been eyeing a market that stretches far beyond the Great White North.
Earlier this week, Canopy Growth announced that it had acquired a license in New York state to produce and process hemp. With the assistance of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Sen. Chuck Schumer (NY-D), the Canadian cannabis entity is planning to build a large-scale operation for hemp extraction and product manufacturing within the United States.
An agent with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency has been implicated in a scheme to launder $7 million in drug profits, according to a report from the Associated Press. Leonardo Concepcion, the attorney for an alleged co-conspirator, declined a request for comment on the case but described it as one “involving serious corruption by a DEA agent.”
Concepcion is the lawyer for Gustavo Yabrudi, a DEA informant with American and Venezuelan dual citizenship. According to five current and former law enforcement officials, Yabrudi and former DEA agent Jose Irizarry are accused of conspiring to launder more than $7 million in drug profits. Irizarry’s Colombian wife, Nathalia Gomez, is a relative of Diego Marin, one of the top money laundering suspects of the past ten years, according to U.S. and Colombian officials.
Irizarry and Yabrudi, one of his clandestine informants, allegedly set up an offshore account for drug cartels that wanted to send illicit profits back to Colombia. The funds were used to buy shipping containers full of electronic and textile goods, which were then shipped to Colombia for resale in discount markets. The funds were then transferred back to the cartel, minus a commission for the money launderers.
The mayor of an Iowa town and her husband were arrested after police discovered 18 marijuana plants growing in their home. LaDonna Kennedy, the mayor of Jamaica, Iowa, and Randy Kennedy were charged with several crimes including manufacturing with intent to deliver no more than 50 kilograms of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance, two counts of failure to affix a drug stamp, and keeping a dwelling for possessing or selling a controlled substance.
The Guthrie County Sheriff and deputies had gone to the Kennedys’ residence at about 4:20 pm on Wednesday, according to media reports. The deputies had received information from a neighboring law enforcement agency that the suspect in an attempted murder, Rodney Halterman, may have been at the home. An arrest warrant had been issued for Halterman in Story County after a woman was shot in the chest on Saturday afternoon.
Odor of Pot Leads to Arrests
When the peace officers arrived, they “could all smell the overwhelming odor of raw marijuana coming from the residence while [they] stood outside knocking on the door,” Dep. Kent Gries wrote in a court affidavit. Sheriff Marty Arganbright reported seeing someone come to a window of the house and then shut it.