What does Ducey's first meeting with medical marijuana execs mean for industry's future?


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Marijuana in a grow room at the True Harvest growing facility in Phoenix on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017. True Harvest has renovated a former Revlon makeup factory into a massive marijuana farm supplying Arizona’s medical-marijuana program.(Photo: David Wallace/The Republic)

It was a photo of executives around a table with Gov. Doug Ducey — a common site of the businessman turned governor. But it was notable because of the industry with which they were all associated: marijuana.

The meeting earlier this month was the first time the governor met with members of the medical marijuana industry.

It was part of an ongoing discussion between industry representatives and the governor’s staff to introduce tweaks to Arizona’s medical marijuana program. Among the preliminary proposals, according to an attendee, are lower annual fees for medical marijuana users.

For the industry, it was a welcome show of support by a governor who had strongly opposed legalizing recreational marijuana and has suggested he isn’t a big fan of medical marijuana, either.

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“What was really almost unspoken, but clear, was that everybody in this room thinks that medical marijuana has a stronger role to play in Arizona,” said Kevin DeMenna, a lobbyist for the marijuana industry and a longtime fixture at the state Capitol. “Six months ago, that was not the message.”

Ducey posted photos of the April 5 meeting on his Twitter feed.

“Met today with members of the medical marijuana community to discuss how we can see eye-to-eye on improving the law and protecting public

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