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What America will look like decades from now

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By Mike Maciag | Governing America might not resemble the country’s current demographics very much several decades from now. The majority of Americans will be of a racial or ethnic minority. Retirees and children will make up a larger share of the total population. The foreign born, too, will likely see their numbers multiply significantly. […]

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Different name, zoning changes requested by PhoenixMart

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By Phil Riske | Managing Editor The parent company of the PhoenixMart international sourcing center is scheduled to ask the Casa Grande Planning and Zoning Commission Thursday night for a new name for the project and zoning changes regarding sizes of residential and commercial developments in the 585-acre project. As reported Wednesday by the Casa […]

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Most new jobs continue to be in Maricopa, Pinal counties

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By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services/TriValley Central Nearly three out of every four jobs expected to be created in Arizona this year and next will require a high school diploma. Or less. The forecast comes as the Arizona Department of Administration predicts a 2.2 percent job growth this year. That’s slightly better than the […]

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Committee clears the air on Pinal agriculture pollution bill

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Posted by   3 days ago

By Phil Riske | Managing Editor Dust in the wind All we are is dust in the wind ~ song lyrics by Kansas (STATE CAPITOL) – After highly scientific presentations about air quality measurements, a Senate committee Tuesday morning gave a do-pass recommendation to a bill (HB2394) to remove an 18-month delay for compliance with […]

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Sides in Arizona redistricting case feel the heat of justices

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Posted by   4 days ago

By Rebekah L. Sanders | The Republic | azcentral.com Court justices fired tough questions at both sides Monday in a lawsuit that challenges the authority of Arizona’s Independent Redistricting Commission and could lead to a dramatic redrawing of congressional lines. “It was a very active court today. Questioning on both sides was very intense,” said […]

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Owner: Llamas that were loose in Sun City ‘low maintenance,’ gentle

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Posted by   6 days ago

By Jeff Grant | Daily News-Sun The 3-hour jaunt two llamas took Thursday through Sun City was as unpredictable as it was uncharacteristic of the animals, according to their owner. “They’re pretty peaceful animals. They’re very low maintenance,” said Bub Bullis, who along with his wife owns a total of eight llamas the couple keep […]

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Mesa zoning board denies location for drug detox facility

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Posted by   6 days ago

By Richard H. Dyer | Independent Newspapers Phillip Westbrooks has owned and operated a substance-abuse and detoxification-treatment center in downtown Mesa since 2003. He plans to construct a building to replace an adjacent home that he owns to move 10 beds there for patients. His plans were discussed at the Feb. 17-18 study sessions and […]

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Communities clash over water district consolidation

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Posted by   7 days ago

By David Madrid | The Arizona Republic Residential customers in five wastewater districts are seeing changes in their monthly bills — some increasing slightly, some decreasing significantly — as the Arizona Corporation Commission determines whether to consolidate them into one district. The proposed consolidation has created a clash among people in various West Valley communities. […]

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    The vintage cabin, likely built in the 1800s, was overgrown with ivy when Jan Paul and Tammy Donelson discovered it. To restore the building, they tore ivy from the exterior and rebuilt the porch roof to make it more authentic to the period. The new porch features a standing-seam metal roof and new cedar posts cut from trees on the site. The landscaped path leads to the two-car garage and beyond that, to the main house.

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    [Exclusive] People are camping out to buy homes in Mesa this week

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    By Philip Haldiman, Editor-in-Chief | Dealmaker When people are camping out to buy one of your houses, that’s a good sign for your new development and the industry. Four people were in line by mid-week and by Thursday morning nearly 20 couples were waiting to buy a home at the new Mulberry community in Mesa, […]

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    Developer remodeling Phoenix historic houses in‘ unique hodgepodges of old and new’

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    Posted by   19 hours ago

    A Phoenix designer has a vision for how he’d like some of Phoenix’s neighborhoods to look, even if it’s not always popular. Joel Contreras is a home designer who has recently begun undertaking residential remodels in Phoenix’s Coronado neighborhood near Seventh Street and McDowell Road. These remodels, though, are not simple upgrades, and they involve […]

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    Phoenix’s Roosevelt Row continues growth with new development

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    Posted by   19 hours ago

    A longtime vacant lot in downtown Phoenix is undergoing a transformation. MetroWest Development broke ground on the property at 1st Avenue and Roosevelt Street on Monday, marking the start of a new building there. “What a great day for the city of Phoenix to celebrate the answer to the question, ‘What the heck is going […]

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    The U.S. housing market as it stands today

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    Barry Ritholtz blog The U.S. housing market has struggled to find equilibrium after the bubble of the past decade. Here’s a graphic look at where various gauges of supply and demand stand today.

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    Energy prices impact commercial real estate

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    Posted by   19 hours ago

    By Dees Stribling } MHN Online Domestic energy prices seem to have stabilized for now, even seen a dead-cat bounce in recent weeks, but that still leaves a question: what will low energy prices do to (and for) commercial real estate over the longer run? And it does seem like low prices will be around […]

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    Magic Ranch annexation voting by its residents appears doubtful

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    By Mark Cowling | Florence Reminder Chances of residents in the pending annexation areas being able to vote in the town’s May 19 special election are looking remote. With annexation challenges moving slowly through Pinal Superior Court, it appears residents in those areas won’t be in town when the voter registration deadline passes in April. […]

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    Home equity loans face new risk

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    Posted by   19 hours ago

    By Diana Olick | CNBC The pain of all that overstretching during the last housing boom isn’t over yet. Home equity lines of credit (HELOC), which are usually second loans after the primary mortgage, were incredibly popular between 2005 and 2008. They allowed homeowners to use their properties like an ATM. After ten years, however, […]

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      Senate hemphasizes farming study

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      Posted by   11 hours ago

      By Phil Riske | Managing Editor (STATE CAPITOL) – The House will now consider a measure (SB1225) to create a committee to study whether industrial hemp farming would be a worthwhile undertaking in Arizona. The bill, which was passed by the Senate Thursday afternoon on a 19-11 vote is the result of federal legislation to legalize […]

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      Florence firefighters file suit over decades of alleged Social Security tax snafu

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      By Mark Cowling | Florence Reminder The town improperly withheld Social Security taxes from firefighters’ paychecks for perhaps 30 years until last year. Florence firefighters are seeking reimbursement in a lawsuit filed Feb. 3 in Pinal County Superior Court, naming the town of Florence and other defendants yet to be specified. The town says the […]

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      CAC president says state budget cuts ‘devastating’

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      By Rodney Haas | Casa Grande Dispatch Already facing a 50 percent cut meaning up to $1.5 million less in state funding, Central Arizona College now may lose much more. The college could receive nothing at all from the state. “It’s shocking! Absolutely shocking!” CAC President Doris Helmich said. “It’s a devastating blow. The 50 […]

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      Tickets to trouble? Will Glendale government shadows ever lift?

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      By Peter Corbett, The Republic | azcentral.com Four members of the Glendale City Council used free tickets in a luxury suite at Gila River Arena to see the sold-out Bob Seger concert last month, despite recent discussions of altering the suite-usage policy. Vice Mayor Ian Hugh attended with his wife and invited Glendale Star Publisher […]

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      Magic Ranch annexation voting by its residents appears doubtful

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      Posted by   19 hours ago

      By Mark Cowling | Florence Reminder Chances of residents in the pending annexation areas being able to vote in the town’s May 19 special election are looking remote. With annexation challenges moving slowly through Pinal Superior Court, it appears residents in those areas won’t be in town when the voter registration deadline passes in April. […]

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      Keystone pipeline veto override fails in Senate

      Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced on CBS’s Face The Nation that Senate Democrats have enough votes to sustain President Obama's veto of the Keystone XL pipeline.

      Posted by   19 hours ago

      By Coral Davenport | The New York Times The Senate on Wednesday failed to override President Obama’s veto of a bill that would have approved construction of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline. A bipartisan majority of senators were unable to reach the two-thirds vote required to undo a presidential veto. The vote was 62 […]

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      Peoria grants P83 project developer’s request for 5-month extension

      An artist's rendering depicts The Avenue Shoppes at P83, an entertainment, retail and restaurant addition to the city's sports and entertainment district.

      Posted by   19 hours ago

      By Jeff Grant | Daily News-Sun The developers of a proposed retail, entertainment and restaurant project on what is now the parking area for the Peoria Sports Complex is being given an extra five months to solidify plans for a co-development partner and finance provider. The Avenue Shoppes at P83 is considered by city officials […]

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      AG files lawsuit against foreclosure consulting company

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      Posted by   1 day ago

      Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced the filing of a consumer fraud lawsuit against Advantage Foreclosure LLC (Advantage) and its owners Matthew and Lynette Van Remoortel, said a press release. Advantage is an Arizona based company that advertised on the internet site located at www.aboutmyforeclosure.com and purports to provide foreclosure consulting services nationwide, the release […]

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        Rose Law Group Family Law Attorney Kelly Mendoza answers the question: Is Arizona a mother’s State when it comes to child custody?

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        By Kelly Mendoza, Rose Law Group Family Law Attorney The short answer to this question is, NO, it is not a mother’s state nor is it a father’s state when it comes to child custody; Arizona is a children’s state.  I have had multiple conversations with potential clients and clients alike regarding custody of the […]

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        Marriage equality heads into Arizona lawbooks, but voters still have last word (again); Kaine Fisher, Director of Rose Law Group Family Department, discusses with Phoenix Business Journal

        Marriage equality heads into Arizona lawbooks, but voters still have last word (again)

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        by Eric Jay Toll | Phoenix Business Journal A new law proposed by 13 co-sponsors will put marriage equality into Arizona lawbooks – provided voters repeal the unconstitutional 2008 voter-enacted amendment. House Bill 2117 repeals a 1996 statute banning same-sex marriage. The legislative-passed language was bolstered by Proposition 102, which amended the state constitution to […]

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        [BREAKING] Supreme Court to decide whether same-sex couples nationwide may marry

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        Posted by   2 months ago

        The New York Times The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to decide whether all 50 states must permit gay and lesbian couples to marry. The court’s announcement made it likely that it would resolve one of the great civil rights questions of the age before its current term ends in June. The justices ducked the […]

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        The court-appointed advisor in custody matters: do you need or even want one? Kelly Mendoza, Rose Law Group Family Law Attorney, discusses

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        By Kelly Mendoza, Rose Law Group Family Law Attorney There is a dispute between you and your child’s other parent that has escalated to an initial or follow up case before the Judge.  The Court has held a Resolution Management Conference (or a Return Hearing) and at that time the Judge orders the appointment of […]

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        Do we really care how many Americans are getting divorced? Yes, says Kaine Fisher, Director Rose Law Group Family Law Department

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        By Kathryn Vasel | CNN The Census Bureau has proposed eliminating several marriage and divorce-related questions on the American Community Survey, putting them in the “low benefit and low cost category.” But experts say that would be a mistake. They claim the change would lead to a gaping hole in data regarding the social and […]

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        Chris Rock files for divorce after 19 years of marriage; Rose Law Group Family Law Attorney Kelly Mendoza touches on the irony of it

        Chris Rock has filed for divorce from his wife, Malaak Compton-Rock. The couple was married for 19 years and has two daughters together. Photo: Getty Images

        Posted by   2 months ago

        By Saeed Ahmed | CNN After 19 years of marriage, Chris Rock has filed for divorce. But unlike his trenchant standup routines, where he often poked fun at marriage, the comedian is being tight-lipped about the reason. “This is a personal matter and Chris requests privacy as he and Malaak work through this process and […]

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        [AZ Foothills] CREED frontman loses control and child custody; Kaine Fisher, Chairman of Rose Law Group Family Law Department, says there is still hope for Stapp

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        by Christina Tetreault | Arizona Foothills Magazine Scott Stapp, the former lead of CREED, has lost the custody of his three children and not-to-mention he also lost the rights to be in his house. Jaclyn, his soon-to-be ex-wife, is trying to get him involuntarily committed for 60-days. According to TMZ, Jaclyn says that Stapp has […]

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        Spouses tangle over pets in divorce court; pets are like children says Rose Law Group Partner Kaine Fisher

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        By Carri Geer Thevenot | Las Vegas Review-Journal Family law attorney Mandy McKellar valued her cats so much that she included them in a prenuptial agreement with her husband — “just in case.” By the time they divorced this summer, the couple also had acquired two dogs. Now all five pets live with McKellar in […]

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          Third at one point, Arizona ranks 5th in creation of new clean energy jobs

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          Posted by   11 hours ago

          In a study by Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), Arizona ranked fifth among the 50 states for new clean energy jobs in 2014, with 3,402 jobs, placing the state in the top 10 percent. Nevada ranked first with 8,591 new jobs, followed by California at 7,323; New York, 7,175; and Michigan, 3,628. Across the country, nearly 47,000 […]

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          Energy prices impact commercial real estate

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          Posted by   19 hours ago

          By Dees Stribling } MHN Online Domestic energy prices seem to have stabilized for now, even seen a dead-cat bounce in recent weeks, but that still leaves a question: what will low energy prices do to (and for) commercial real estate over the longer run? And it does seem like low prices will be around […]

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          Keystone pipeline veto override fails in Senate

          Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced on CBS’s Face The Nation that Senate Democrats have enough votes to sustain President Obama's veto of the Keystone XL pipeline.

          Posted by   19 hours ago

          By Coral Davenport | The New York Times The Senate on Wednesday failed to override President Obama’s veto of a bill that would have approved construction of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline. A bipartisan majority of senators were unable to reach the two-thirds vote required to undo a presidential veto. The vote was 62 […]

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          AG recuses himself from Corporation Commission whistleblower investigation

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          By Rachel Leingang | Arizona Capitol Times Attorney General Mark Brnovich said Wednesday he assigned two seasoned staffers to investigate allegations against the Corporation Commission raised in a whistleblower letter, he said he will recuse himself from investigating the claims himself. A whistleblower letter sent to Corporation Commission Chairman Susan Bitter Smith, executive director Jodi […]

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          Trico files application to lower solar credits to its customers

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          By David Wichner | Arizona Daily Star Trico Electric Cooperative is proposing a reduction to the credits it pays customers for excess power created by rooftop solar-energy systems, saying solar customers need to pay more toward fixed system costs. In a filing with the Arizona Corporation Commission, Trico has proposed lowering the rate at which […]

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          Power plant review bill passes Arizona Senate

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          By Phil Riske | Managing Editor (STATE CAPITOL) – In a move to grab some turf for the state in the ever-going battle with the EPA over CO2 emissions, the state Senate Tuesday afternoon approved the establishment (SB1007) of a committee to work on Arizona’s implementation of the federal pollution regulations on existing power plants. […]

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          [BREAKING] SolarCity files antitrust lawsuit against SRP over solar charge

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          By Rachel Leingang | Arizona Capitol Times Solar company SolarCity filed an antitrust lawsuit against Salt River Project in Arizona federal court Monday, saying the utility’s solar demand charge was “unacceptable and unlawful.” SRP approved an increase of 3.9 percent on ratepayers last Thursday, to be phased in by April 2016, and a solar demand […]

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          Committee clears the air on Pinal agriculture pollution bill

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          Posted by   3 days ago

          By Phil Riske | Managing Editor Dust in the wind All we are is dust in the wind ~ song lyrics by Kansas (STATE CAPITOL) – After highly scientific presentations about air quality measurements, a Senate committee Tuesday morning gave a do-pass recommendation to a bill (HB2394) to remove an 18-month delay for compliance with […]

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            Medical Marijuana View All →

            Senate hemphasizes farming study

            A farmer inspects a hemp crop.

            Posted by   11 hours ago

            By Phil Riske | Managing Editor (STATE CAPITOL) – The House will now consider a measure (SB1225) to create a committee to study whether industrial hemp farming would be a worthwhile undertaking in Arizona. The bill, which was passed by the Senate Thursday afternoon on a 19-11 vote is the result of federal legislation to legalize […]

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            Bill is a ‘back door attack’ on medical marijuana, says Rose Law Group partner Ryan Hurley

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            By Phil Riske | Managing Editor The Arizona Legislature has stepped into debates over where medical marijuana growing may take place, decisions usually left to local governments. Reacting to constituent concerns about growing facilities near their residences in Flagstaff, Rep. Bob Thorpe sponsored a bill (HB2506), which would not permit medical marijuana facilities from setting […]

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            Polls: Most Arizonans still back SB 1070 goals, medical marijuana

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            By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services/Arizona Daily Star The attitudes of Arizonans toward those here illegally apparently have not softened in the years since SB 1070. But a lot more people seem to like the idea of marijuana being available than they did in 2010, at least to those with medical needs. A new […]

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            ‘Kettle Falls Five’ case pits state v. federal MMJ laws

            Firestack-Harvey (second from left) was surprised but not particularly worried, even though about 70 marijuana plants were growing on a remote part of their 34 acres. She and her husband, Larry Harvey; her son; her daughter-in-law; and a friend all had recommendations from doctors to use the marijuana to treat a variety of medical conditions and were growing the plants in a collective garden they believed met state law.

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            By Trevor Hughes | USATODAY Federal prosecutors are trying to persuade a jury that a cancer-stricken man and his family were illegally growing and distributing marijuana in the forest outside their northeastern Washington home despite claims by the “Kettle Falls Five” that they were instead raising legal medical cannabis for their personal use. The case […]

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            [OPINION] The Medical marijuana dilemma

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            By Anthony Smith | inMaricopa.com (Editor’s note: Opinion pieces are published for discussions purposes only.) In 2010, Arizona voters approved Proposition 203, a medical marijuana measure, by a small margin of 50.1 percent to 49.9 percent. During the last eighteen months, the Pinal County Board of Supervisors has had the challenge of implementing provisions of […]

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            Medical marijuana researcher strikes out with Arizona’s universities

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            Tucson Weekly Prominent Arizona medical marijuana researcher Sue Sisley has given up on any of the state’s public universities to house the research she’s been doing for years on the effects pot has on post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms. Sisley brought that research to the University of Arizona close to five years ago, and got approval […]

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            Medical pot shop seeking permit

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            By Staff reports | Florence Reminder Blade Tribune Valley businessman Rakesh “Rocky” Pahwa, who has tried four times in recent years to locate a medical marijuana dispensary in Florence, has applied to Pinal County to locate one in a county island, just outside the town limits, off Arizona 79B. The county Planning & Zoning Commission […]

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            Pinal farmer wins permission to grow marijuana

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            By Raquel Hendrickson | inMaricopa.com A split vote by the Pinal County Board of Supervisors approved a text change that will pave the way for a Casa Grande dairy to grow marijuana. Sidewinder Dairy, owned by Sean Dugan, is planning to cultivate marijuana for medical use. The issue divided politicians and farmers alike. “I’m a […]

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