The Battle for Arizona: “The Roll-Up” Bonus Episode

Published on July 30, 2018 · Last updated July 28, 2020
The Roll-Up features Leafly editors Bruce Barcott, Ben Adlin, and Dave Schmader in a Friday morning roundtable about the week’s top cannabis news.

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Bonus Episode: Arizona Fights for Its Rights

Extra show, no charge to you: In a special bonus episode, Bruce and Ben explore Arizona on a 103-degree day in July. Why? Because Arizona’s all a-fighting right now, over medical cannabis concentrates, qualifying conditions, and adult-use legalization.

In Sun City, the Roll-Up co-hosts share lunch with a group of senior citizens who meet at Coco’s every Wednesday to talk about medical marijuana.

In Scottsdale, they go behind the scenes at a medical cannabis dispensary with Arizona Natural Selections owner J.P. Holyoak, one of the state’s leading cannabis entrepreneurs and legalization advocates.

In Phoenix, they talk with Brandy Williams, who’s battling the state health department to get autism added to the list of conditions that qualify for medical marijuana. And they drop in on the monthly meeting of MITA, Arizona’s Marijuana Industry Trade Association, to get the lowdown on the crazy legal morass surrounding the legal status of medical cannabis extracts and concentrates.

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 In This Episode:

Gary with his data at the Coco’s Wednesday lunch.

Seniors Helping Seniors: The weekly seniors lunch at Coco’s in Sun City is backed by MomForce AZ, Arizona’s leading harm reduction and medical cannabis education organization. See more at momforceaz.org.

Are Concentrates Legal in Arizona? Good question. Leafly’s David Downs tracked the Arizona appeals court ruling in June that threw the state’s medical marijuana market into an uproar. More recently, Mikel Weisser of Arizona NORML wrote a piece for us about How To Handle Cannabis Concentrates in Arizona Now, which contains helpful advice about the do’s and don’ts of extracts and concentrates during this unsettled period.

Arizona Natural Selections: J.P. Holyoak is the founder of Arizona Natural Selections, one of the state’s preeminent medical cannabis retailers. There are two dispensaries in the greater Phoenix area, in Scottsdale and in Peoria. For the Arizona Natural Selections menu, updated daily, click here.

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Where do I find MITA? Usually in the lobby of Phoenix’s Found:Re Hotel on the third Wednesday of every month. Check their website.

Who was the former Director of the Arizona Department of Health Services who spoke at the MITA meeting? That was Will Humble, who ran the state agency from 2009 to 2015. Humble now serves as the Executive Director of the Arizona Public Health Association.

All About Autism & Cannabis: We spoke with Brandy Williams, director of the Arizona chapter of MAMMA, Mothers Advocating Medical Marijuana for Autism. For more in-depth information about autism and medical cannabis, check out Tricia Romano’s recent Leafly feature article, Autism and Cannabis: Here’s What the Science Says.

About Our Music:

Music for our special Arizona episode was provided by The Bumble Buzz, a psychedelic, ambient, atmospheric, improvisational melodic noise jam band with occasional  vocals. The Tucson-based band has a standing gig the last Sunday of every month at the Crooked Tooth Brewing Company. They can be followed via their Facebook page or at thebumblebuzz.com.

Check out the work of DJ and Leafly contributor Hannah Levin, who hosts the weekday show The Home Stretch on Tucson community radio 91.3 KXCI. She featured The Bumble Buzz on one of her shows earlier this month.

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