Legal Alert: Arizona Supreme Court Mandates Medical Marijuana License in Every County, Affirms Importance of Patient Access
Last Thursday, the Arizona Supreme Court in Saguaro Healing LLC v. State of Arizona held that the Arizona Department of Health Services (“AZDHS”) must issue at least one medical marijuana dispensary certificate in each county, in accordance with the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (“AMMA”).
The Court’s opinion interpreted the AMMA’s language to require a minimum, not a maximum, number of medical marijuana dispensaries within the state and in each county. In doing so, the Court furthered one of the AMMA’s intended purposes—to ensure that patients throughout Arizona have access to a medical marijuana dispensary.
Gammage & Burnham is pleased to announce that 29 of our attorneys have been named to the 2021 Best Lawyers© list! Best Lawyers© recognition is based solely on a confidential peer review process.
Special congratulations to Timothy N. Forsman, Daniel L. Marks, and James B. Senften for being named to the inaugural “Ones To Watch” list and to Randall S. Dalton and Joseph P. Richardson who have been recognized as “Lawyers of the Year” in their respective categories.
See below the full list of our awesome attorneys that have been recognized.
U.S. News Best Lawyers® announced today that Gammage & Burnham is nationally ranked in seven practice areas and regionally ranked in 18 practice areas. The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process, and Best Lawyers® is the oldest peer-review publication in the legal profession.
The firm received national rankings for the following practice areas:
- Land Use & Zoning
- Litigation- Real Estate
- Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights
- Construction Law
- Health Care Law
- Litigation- Construction
- Securities Regulation
The firm was recognized for its work in the Phoenix metropolitan area in the following practice areas:
- Administrative / Regulatory Law (Tier 1)
- Banking and Finance Law
- Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights (Tier 1)
- Business Organizations (Tier 1)
- Commercial Litigation (Tier 1)
- Construction Law (Tier 1)
- Corporate Law
- Corporate Governance Law
- Health Care Law (Tier 1)
- Land Use & Zoning Law (Tier 1)
- Litigation – Bankruptcy
- Litigation – Construction (Tier 1)
- Litigation – Labor & Employment
- Litigation – Land Use & Zoning (Tier 1)
- Litigation – Real Estate (Tier 1)
- Mergers & Acquisitions Law
- Real Estate Law (Tier 1)
- Securities Regulation
Congratulations to all of our brilliant attorneys who have worked to make Gammage & Burnham recognized both nationally and in our community!
LEGAL ALERT: Arizona Supreme Court Decides ‘Medical Marijuana’ Includes Extracted Resin
The highly anticipated Arizona Supreme Court opinion in State of Arizona v. Rodney Christopher Jones has been released: By a unanimous 7-0 vote, the Court held on Tuesday that “marijuana”, as used in the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (“AMMA”) approved by voters in 2010, includes the plant’s dried-leaf/flower form and its extracted resin, including hashish.
What does the Court’s decision mean for the medical marijuana community? It means registered qualifying patients in Arizona no longer have to worry about being convicted under Arizona criminal code for possessing allowable amounts of cannabis resin in compliance with the AMMA.
Posted by Kevin Merritt
Since medical marijuana became legal in Arizona in 2010, operators in the industry have faced significant challenges in cash management and banking. At the time, effectively every financial institution refused to provide any services, since marijuana is still a Schedule 1 prohibited substance under federal law, with stiff penalties for possession, distribution and sale. As the result of that classification, every financial transaction involving the proceeds of the cannabis industry can arguably be considered money laundering under federal law. Times are changing, however…
As the legal landscape across the country has evolved, with 33 states now allowing either medical or recreational use of cannabis, the banking industry is starting to follow suit.
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