Tucson Amends Marijuana Laws for Cannabis Cultivators

To licensed AZ medical marijuana dispensaries, Tucson’s old unused and abandoned warehouses are seen as lucrative real-estate for their budding businesses. They believe they are great spaces that can be reborn as marijuana grow-houses and subsequently be transformed from wasted space to prime-money-making zones.

For such an occurrence to be possible, the city of Tucson needs to readdress the current zoning restrictions that are prohibiting medical marijuana business from taking advantage of theses available spaces; currently, the regulations set in place have growers flocking to Santa Cruz and Phoenix to do their business.

These zoning laws restrict Tucson growers only to use 3000 square foot spaces to cultivate their product, and other county’s like Pima County are even more limiting with a restriction set at 2000 square feet. The reason many growers are seen inhabiting cities like Phoenix instead of Tucson is that there are no set limitations on the amount of space they can use for growing.

Given then the marijuana industry is seeing an influx of customers with more and more people becoming approved for medical marijuana cards, the city is in dire need of an in-city dispensary that can support, sustain and increase with the growing demand.

Some distributors, like Jean Paul Genet who formerly owned the Purplemed Healing Center on South Freeway, have expressed their disappointment in how difficult it has been to maintain enough product in store due to dwindling supply.

Despite already owning a 3000 square foot site that he used for cultivating his cannabis menu in East Tucson, Genet already had his sights on an additional greenhouse located near the Pima Air Space Museum. Despite this, Genet and many other dispensary owners were still not seeing the rise in supply that they required to keep their businesses operating smoothly.

A consultant from the Arizona Medical Marijuana Industry, Demetri Downing, shed some light on where these dispensaries were seen buying their supply from, and more often than not he found that they were buying from cultivators in Phoenix.

Clarifying his reasoning for continuing to cultivate his product in Tucson, Genet explained that by staying local he was able to keep prices low, thereby encouraging more customers to buy. In an ideal world, Genet hoped that he might be able to secure a facility of 50,000 square feet, but given that it was more than ten times the amount currently allowed in Tucson, it remained but a dream.

According to Downing, a collective of Tucson dispensary owners had begun to work with Tucson city council representatives to bring this issue forth and hold a vote on the regulations that were inhibiting growth.

Paul Cunningham of Ward 2 offered his opinion and stated that he was not outright advocating for medical marijuana use and distribution and that the laws in place were to stay as such unless it could be shown that the change in regulations would bring more jobs into Tucson.

Understanding that the need for supply was imminent giving the growing number of medical marijuana cardholders, he stated that, “we can either get on the ball or lose out to Phoenix.”

Cunningham also sent a memo to the City Manager’s Office encouraging that the issue is brought up and discussed during an upcoming study session.

Explaining that the goal was not to change the zoning laws outright, Downing said that the task at hand was to review the current space restrictions that are limiting growing facilities to 3000 square feet. Given that many dispensary owners and licensed growers were expressing a keen interest in the Tucson MMJ grower warehouses, he further encouraged that the restriction is amended.

City of Maricopa Decides Not to Purchase Global Water

City of Maricopa officials recently announced that they have decided not to pursue the purchase of a private water company due to a barrage of customer complaints about potential service interruptions and water rate hikes. The city had retained Piper Jaffray, a major investment bank and asset management company, to research the possibility of purchasing Global Water, but the company indicated that they weren’t interested in selling.

The Maricopa Monitor reported that Piper Jaffray had estimated the financial value of Global Water to be in the range of $75 million and $107 million. Global Water officials claim that the actual value of the company is $500 million.

City of Maricopa Mayor Christian Price indicated that the city plans to continue monitoring the performance of Global Water while insisting that the company provide better services. Mayor Price said that the city and Global Water need one another to succeed. “Global doesn’t succeed if Maricopa doesn’t succeed,” the mayor insisted. The mayor also expressed his determination to protect city residents from water rate increases.

Ron Fleming, Globe Water Delivery President and CEO, claimed that he had never spoken with Piper Jaffray representatives. Fleming also stated that the possibility of the city acquiring Global Water had only been briefly discussed during a couple of 20-minute meetings with the city manager. Fleming also insisted that Global Water was not for sale. “There is not one shareholder, person on the board, member of the team or myself who is looking to sell,” Fleming said.

According to Fleming, Global Water considers the city of Maricopa news to be its flagship asset. He is hopeful that the accomplishments of Global Water will ultimately be recognized and appreciated. City officials responded to Fleming’s statements by setting aside its plan to purchase Global Water.

Councilwoman Peggy Chapados said that purchasing Global Water was an impossibility.
She also insisted that the only reason for purchasing Global Water was to lower consumer water rates and improve the quality of services for medication. Chapados said that she was unable to guarantee that either outcome would transpire if the city purchased Global Water.

Luxury Apartment Rental Rates in Tempe and Phoenix AZ Statistics

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Phoenix and Tempe Arizona Apartment Luxury Rental Rates and Stats

Although the area often reaches temperatures exceeding 100 degrees Fahrenheit during summer months, Arizona is quickly becoming one of the most popular places to live in America. The Copper State is home to several popular attractions, including the Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest National Park, and professional sports teams belonging to all four major sports in America – NBA’s Phoenix Suns, NFL’s Arizona Cardinals, MLB’s Arizona Diamondbacks, and the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes.

Recent statistics from the United States Census Bureau indicate that Arizona boasts the sixth-fastest population growth rate of the 50 U.S. states, Puerto Rico, the nation’s capital, and minor outlying islands like Guam and the Virgin Islands. Seeing as Phoenix, the Grand Canyon state’s capital, hosts all four of these sports teams, the Desert Botanical Garden, the Phoenix Zoo, and tons of shopping malls and other things to do, cost of living is rapidly climbing.

Per rental information-gathering giant RealPage, the top luxury apartments in Tempe AZ and Phoenix monthly rent is a staggering $924, up 70-plus dollars from August of 2015. Demand for rentals began climbing alllll the way back in 2008, when the worst recession since the Great Depression hit the United States. Phoenix residents, much like everywhere else, couldn’t afford mortgage payments and expenses related to owning homes, opting for less-risky, formerly lower-priced apartments. Even further, the many millennials who populate the area either can’t afford to or opt not to purchase homes, causing rent to increasingly, well, increase.

Statistics indicate that mean apartment rent totals in metropolitan Phoenix, especially the highly sought-after suburbs of Scottsdale and Tempe, have risen steadily throughout the past two years, of which 22 of the past 23 months featured rent increases. Unfortunately for residents of Arizona’s Urban Heart, expenses associated with repairs, maintenance, and upkeep have skyrocketed in tandem with rent prices.

Although higher rent is bad news for local residents, investors and property development companies recognize the potential for apartment housing in Phoenix. This expected increase in total available apartments could cause average rent to decrease. Whether cost of housing sinks or not, investments made in metropolitan Phoenix will further stimulate its market, helping out the state of Arizona, Phoenix itself, and nearby cities in terms of economic growth.

A majority of the Valley’s apartments began construction in Tempe, known for its dense population of Arizona State University students, collectively making Sun Devils more abundant than any other postsecondary institution’s enrollment in the United States. High-end, luxury apartment complex were built, in particular, near to Arizona State University’s campus and the lake area.

Today, many pieces of land that had gone undeveloped for decades on end in downtown are now home to residential complexes, unarguably beneficial for its renting residents and the city of Phoenix itself. Scottsdale and parts of central Phoenix had several buildings and homes blown up, destroyed for the purpose of brand new construction. These areas are quickly becoming destinations for condos and apartments alike.

As anyone with the slightest knowledge of economics understands, the rise in rentable apartment housing will draw more people to Phoenix. Because apartments are significantly cheaper than renting homes – and buying houses, to that point – nearby residents will likely pour in to Phoenix, rather than shooing them away by being forced to sign long-term leases more often associated with residential housing.

Phoenix isn’t the only metropolitan area in the contiguous United States with increasing rents. Another metric by Trend Statistics shows that Phoenix is home to the fourth-largest increase in average monthly rent prices throughout the summer months of 2017. However, most metropolitan areas don’t consistently experience increases in housing costs, dipping downwards a few months per year. Phoenix is unique in its cost of living spikes, with apartment rent prices only losing value in one of the past 23 months.

Residents of Phoenix are likely to find more jobs, with a whopping 70,000 new occupational opportunities added in its metropolitan area from 2015 to 2016. Fortunately for the city, unfortunately for renters seeking abundant, affordable housing, only a fraction of rental housing units are up for grabs, with fewer than 5 percent of properties being void of renters. Statistics indicate that the price of rent is increasingly significantly faster than wages and annual salaries, making it rougher for the non-wealthy residents of Phoenix. Thanks to our friends at Apartments.com, we know that the median rent price is up an astounding 8 percent from 2015 to 2017, more than most areas in the entire nation of America. In comparison, salaries, wages, and other forms of compensation have only risen 2.4 percent in the metropolitan area of the city.

Some apartments cost as much as $2,000 per month, if not even higher. However, with these prices consistently increasing, so is the quality of life, and quality of apartment housing.

AZ Graffiti Removal Program | Official City Programs

How Can I Prevent Graffiti?

You can’t always prevent graffiti, or “tagging,” from happening. You can, however, reduce its incidence, whether you’re a homeowner or business owner. Surrounding all sides of your property with good lighting and plant life that’s uninviting to climb through help prevent graffiti on exterior walls and buildings.

Neighborhood associations, homeowners’ associations, and neighbors in general can watch out for each other’s property and report any graffiti that does occur.

What Can Be Done to Enforce Graffiti Laws?

It is illegal to put graffiti on private or public property. If you catch someone in the act of spraying graffiti, call the police department. If you see graffiti already in place, call and report this too. In Tucson and Phoenx, Arizona, the number for reporting graffiti already in place is 792-CITY (2489).

When people see that graffiti is already in place, they tend to think the law isn’t being enforced, which only leads to more graffiti.

Removing Graffiti

When you do see graffiti already in place, report it using the following information:

• Address of property
• Cross street, if applicable
• Where on the property the graffiti is located, e.g. “There is white paint on the north wall.”

The city can only remove graffiti that is A) within city limits, and B) reported along with the correct location.

In the event that graffiti is located in an alley, the city can remove the graffiti if it is located on a corner house and if it is 50 feet or less into the alleyway. Any other graffiti in alleys becomes the homeowner’s responsibility.

The city of Tucson does not remove graffiti tagged on the following:

• Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) property, e.g. freeway sound walls
• Billboards
• Construction dumpsters or containers
• Construction equipment
• Construction sites
• Interiors of structures
• Locations with no access, e.g. a wall behind a locked gate with “No Trespassing” posted
• Murals
• Parks
• Private property that is not clearly visible from within public right-of-way, e.g. inside a fenced-in, private back yard
• Private vehicles
• Schools
• Surfaces higher than two levels above ground

What Number Should I Call For Assistance?

• To report graffiti on a Sun Tran bus or bus stop, call Sun Tran customer service at 792-9222.
• To report graffiti outside of Tuscan City Limits, call Pima County at 792-8224.

• To report graffiti in Phoenix contact Graffiti Busters
• To report graffiti on ADOT property, call 388-4200.

Contractor Services

Tucson has contracted for services with Graffiti Protective Coatings (GPC) to remove the graffiti within its city limits. Should you need to contact GPC directly, the company can be reached at 884-9700.

Note to Homeowner: As a private property owner or resident, you may try to remove graffiti from your property yourself. If you’ve painted over the graffiti on your property and the paint is now “blotched,” the city of Tucson will not be able to remove the graffiti. For assistance, call 792-CITY (792-2489).“

Phoenix Dispensary Robbed In Metro Area

Arizona Dispensary Robbed In Phoenix

The Phoenix police are on the lookout for three armed suspects who robbed a Phoenix medical marijuana dispensary. The incidence occurred at Bloom Dispensary at 10:00 pm on March 26, according to the police. The business is located near 44th Street and Washington in Phoenix.

One suspect went into the building through to the backside to leave that door open: unfortunately for the other two suspects who were noticed hiding behind the business, the dispensary workers had locked the door. One hour later, however, one of the men from behind the building was able to enter: he held a gun to the employees and the Arizona police state that he forced them to the back room and made them give up the company’s money. After receiving the money, he fled in an unknown direction.

All three suspects are said to be black men, about 25-35 years of age, 6 feet tall, and weigh between 180-200 pounds. The Phoenix police want anyone with information in connection with this case to call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.

Best Birthday Party Locations in Phoenix Arizona’s SE Valley

Phoenix Arizona Indoor Birthday Party Locales
With the multitude of locations available for Arizona parents to host an indoor birthday party at, it can be a daunting task to figure out the perfect place to suit your children’s interests. Here are a solid 10 birthday party places for kids worthy of your consideration.

The Children’s Museum of Phoenix

If your child is interesting in learning about the world around us, even they focus on a specific category like dinosaurs, this is right up your alley. Their basic party package runs $350 for up to 15 children and escalates up to $1,500 to basically rent out the museum after-hours for up to 40 children. If you happen to have a membership to the Museum, you can save anywhere between $50 to $150.

AZ on the Rocks

This North Scottsdale fixture is a world-class facility for rock climbing, featuring three different options for parties. Seasoned instructors can teach children and parents alike about the basics of climbing safety. If your special boy or girl is the athletic type, this is the perfect place to celebrate their next year!

Stratum Laser Tag

Whether your a kid or an adult looking for a great place for a kids birthday party you will be sure to love the worlds largest indoor (and yes Air Conditioned) multi level laser tag experience in mesa AZ.

B.E.S.T. (Beginners Edge Sports Training)

If your kids are focus on their sports, consider having your party at this air-conditioned facilities in the North City Center or Chandler’s Xtreme Jump and Skate Park.

 

Sea Life Arizona

If you would rather have a party that revolves around marine animals or your child enjoys pirates, this location is just for you. $15 per attendee yields:

  • A goody bag for every child.
  • A free yearly pass for the birthday child.
  • 120 minutes of access to a private room decorated around pirates.
  • Full access to the aquarium for the day.
  • A personal host for the party.
  • A guided scavenger hunt that encompasses the entire aquarium.

Coyotes Ice Den

If your child longs to try out ice-skating, consider the Ice Den. This place has handled enough parties that you shouldn’t need to worry about planning or execution. Notably, their packages include letting the birthday child drive the Zamboni used to resurface the ice rink.

Pump It Up

This site features private parties and full access to their various inflatable play areas. Their staffs are trained to take care of every issue and worry you may have from the moment you make it to the parking lot. Prices start at $225 for a weekday party and increase by $50 on weekends. Their website features last-minute specials and discounts.

Girly Girlz

This is the perfect venue for any female age three or more who wants to feel like a princess, a diva or any other epitome of girl power. Because every girl is different, Girly Girlz offers a wide variety of party themes and options.

Butterfly Wonderland

One of the Valley’s newest entertainment offerings is an artificial rainforest that is billed as America’s largest pavilion for butterflies. Butterfly Wonderland has three tiers of party packages, ranging in price from $325-$375.

 

Make Meaning – This placed has shut down

If your kids have any interest in arts and crafts, this is the place for your needs. Their staff can help children as young as one year in making a crafty keepsake.

 

Cactus RC Hobbies – Closed

If your kids have even the slightest interest in slot car races, this is your perfect solution. Their employees can teach the kids about how to operate and control the cars. After all of the kids and participating parents are ready, they are divvied up into groups that change between driving and turning in a round robin-format tournament.

 

Harvest of Scottsdale’s Patient Appreciation Day 2017 a Success

In celebration of six months of operation, Harvest of Scottsdale was thankful to all the friends, patients, artists and local vendors who helped make their Patient Appreciate Day such a huge success. Harvest felt deeply honored to be able to bring their diverse patient community together to take part in a celebratory afternoon of healing, music, education and fun!

Harvest was also grateful for the opportunity to bring their mission to a wider segment of Arizona’s medical cannabis patients. Every opportunity that Harvest has to interact with their patients gives them a greater and greater opportunity to provide a higher level of care to their patients in Scottsdale Arizona and across the nation. As medical cannabis makes progress in communities across the country, they hope to follow in its wake offering their constantly improved and expanded services.

Harvest desires to be a valuable resource for patients, friends, loved ones and supporters to learn about new medical cannabis products and how they are being used to promote overall health and even aid in a wide variety of healing. Harvest feels that their patients are the ones that have made their mission possible, through their perseverance and outspoken efforts to shine a light on their cause and bring about much needed change in both overall attitudes and even legislation regarding the use of medical cannabis. Harvest’s patients are what have made their dreams and aspirations a reality.

Harvest looks forward to every future opportunity they will have to serve the Scottsdale medical cannabis a community and feel privileged to be a part of this vibrant and vital medical and legal Scottsdale cannabis community.

 

Contact the Harvest of Scottsdale Marijuana Dispensary Today.

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Contact

Phone:480.948.3737
Address:15190 N Hayden Rd.
 Scottsdale, AZ 85260

https://www.harvestofaz.com/

SB 1142 Arizona | Phoenix Plan a Protest, Lose Your House

Police Riot Gear Phoenix
 

A bill was passed by the Arizona Senate on February 22 that allows the seizure of property from those who plan protests that become violent. If the bill, called SB 1142, moves forward into law, people could face charges of riot conspiracy and forfeit their assets even if they do not commit any acts of violence or criminal damage.

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John Kavanagh, an Arizona Republican senator from Fountain Hills, said the bill was drafted as a defense after protests in Berkeley, California, and Washington, D.C., turned violent. He added that “full-time provocateurs” now exist that constantly organize public chaos and disorder.

The Berkeley incident occurred on February 5 before a planned appearance by Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos. A group, dressed like ninjas and armed with rods, bats, pepper spray and Molotov cocktails, arrived in the plaza and began attacking people. In light of the violence, the Yiannopoulos appearance was canceled.

Protests in Washington, D.C., became violent during President Donald Trump’s inauguration. Although police kettled the various groups along the parade route, they managed to break windows, steal merchandise and set a car on fire. By the end of the day, over 200 people had been arrested. In contrast, the Women’s March on Washington the next day did not have violence or arrests.

Arizona Democrats were dismayed by the bill, which blocked the only path to speaking out against Donald Trump because now the State of Arizona wants to sell your house for fast cash . SB 1142 also provoked reactions from citizens in Arizona and other parts of the country. Law professor Jessica West, who teaches in Washington state, said the bill is an attack on the right for people to protest.

The bill would make rioting a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) offense and allow authorities to enforce forfeitures when someone is convicted under those laws. SB 1142 is written in such a way that an obvious act of violence would not be required for prosecution, which means those who only plan a protest but do not participate in violence can be held legally accountable for those who do.

If a building is destroyed during the course of a protest, a prosecutor could demand restitution through leins or forfeiture of property owned by the organizers. Aside from the property damage, recovery costs could be sought as well, which could easily bring financial ruin that would be very difficult to recover from.

Maricopa County attorney Rick Romley said the bill was “absurd.” As an example, he described a town hall meeting where an individual became angry and decided to punch the wall. Aside from the unsightly hole, there was sheetrock damage that required repair. Romley said it was “insane” that the organizers of the meeting would be held liable for bringing the group together and could face severe legal penalties for a wall punch.

He added that it was unlikely SB 1142 would be found constitutional. Every citizen of the United States has the right to assemble and protest under the First Amendment, and such a law would would be put under immediate challenge in the court system. He concluded by saying that state leaders need to take a stand and tell the senate that the law is wrong.

Kavanagh, who served as an Arizona police officer for many years, said bills like SB 1142 are a necessary protection against those who push for violence at protests and put the lives of officers at risk while destroying property. Twelve officers were shot at and five were killed at a protest turned violent in Dallas, Texas, in June 2016.

After being passed in the senate, the bill was sent to the house for consideration and voting. It was reported on March 6 that due to pressure exerted by the media and others concerned about First Amendment rights, the Arizona House decided not go forward with SB 1142. The bill is now dead.

Car Title Loans in Arizona Know the Risks of Auto Equity Loans

Auto Title Loans

Some loans can be derisively described as “predatory” because of factors like incredibly stiff interest rates and the loan given to a borrower being a lot less than what the object being put forth as the collateral should ideally have been worth. Meanwhile, the collateral itself can be an object that is incredibly important to one’s livelihood; should the borrower be unfortunate enough not to avoid defaulting on the loan, the lender will take possession of the collateral and sell it in order to recoup the money that they originally handed out. A person can therefore easily enter a long-term disadvantage regardless of how important their circumstances may have made borrowing the money at that point in time.

Perhaps the most representative example of this type of dangerous loan are car title loans, in which the borrower gives up their car in order to borrow an amount of money that can easily be no higher than 40% of the car’s value. Many title lenders provide loans of even smaller figures than that. However, the most threatening aspect of title loans is that the interest rates can reach as high as 300%. If a borrower defaults on this type of loan, the interest rates could well cause the borrower to owe back twice the amount that was borrowed in the first place, and roughly 17% of all persons that partake in a title loan end up losing their household’s primary vehicle.

The sheer size of these interest rates can be single-handedly responsible for causing borrowers to have to spend many months trying to pay back the steadily increasing sum of money that they owe, even if they could have repaid the original sum they borrowed within a reasonable amount of time. This has been described as a deliberate tactic that title lenders use in order to force borrowers to roll over their principal, thus extracting more money from them. While lenders portray these rates as necessitated by their business’ need to protect their assets given how the lenders don’t run credit checks, the average loan borrower has been shown by studies to commit roughly eight rollovers before being able to take back their vehicle or pay back what’s owed.

Arizona is one of twenty states that legalize the issuing of title loans. However, it is also one of only nine such states that imposes a cap of some kind on how much the interest of a loan can raise monthly. This is better for customers in Arizona than customers in other states that offer no regulation on interest rates whatsoever, but Arizona is by no means the most fair of the states that impose these caps.

Arizona’s system prevents monthly interest increases from surpassing 17% a month for small loans under half a grand, whereas 25% a month is the standard in other states. What this means is that, if a person rolls over a $400 loan four times in other states, that person would ultimately owe $800, but in Arizona where the monthly interest cap is 17%, that same scenario would make the person owe $672.

When it comes to loans above $500, the title loan interest rates in Arizona can only raise 15% a month if the loan is under $2500, and it can only raise 10% a month on loans that surpass $5000. Again, these interest rates are comparatively better capped and regulated than those in other states, but the issue that remains in some form is the fact that Arizona still allows repeated rollovers to significantly increase the total amount that must eventually be paid back by the borrower.

Title loans should only be considered if you are not able to find any other option for financial relief whatsoever. Certain agencies, nonprofit or otherwise, can financially assist customers and help them regain water and electricity services. Sometimes, loan options exist in unexpected sources; you may find a small and temporary loan that might be offered by a credit union near you.

But if you cannot avoid relying on a title loan, at least make sure to go in after having carefully worked out how much money you should avoid spending so that you can pay back the loan at the end of the first month. Otherwise, if you default on your loan, a court-ordered repossession agent can spontaneously take your car away regardless of what other possessions you still have inside it, and if the lender still has not fully recouped what it was owed once it has sold your car off, it can sue you to cover the remaining payment necessary.