In 2017, 1906 launched with a clear mission: to restore cannabis as widespread, accessible, life-changing medicine. In fact, we’re named for the last year in America that cannabis was widely accepted as a beneficial medicine. The Wiley Act was enacted the following year, beginning nearly a century of misguided and devastating cannabis prohibition. From our beginning, we’ve aimed to share the promise, power, and possibility of our plant-powered tool kit for true health and wellness with as many people as possible, and to right those long-standing wrongs.
The Grand Canyon state may have been the 48th state to join the union, and the 12th to legalize adult use cannabis, but it’s embraced the business faster than any other state.
In November 2020, the Smart and Safe Act (Proposition 207) was approved by over 60 percent of Arizona voters, and sales of adult use products began just over two months later, on January 15, 2021, marking the fastest transition from voter approval to retail implementation of any state. Medical marijuana has been legally sold in Arizona since 2012, regulated by the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) and that successful, popular program helped to pave the way for this remarkably successful transition.
The cannabis industry is now expected to bring Arizona $1.5 billion in tax revenue for 2021, according to figures from the State Department of Revenue, which don’t include money saved by law enforcement and the justice system by not using resources to prosecute cannabis users.
“The economic impact of the cannabis industry is substantial. Beyond employing nearly 25,000 Arizonans and the overall economic impact of the industry, the tax revenue from cannabis sales will support an improved quality of life for all Arizonans,” said Sam Richard, Arizona Dispensaries Association Executive Director.
Medical patient registration continues to grow as well. According to the Arizona Department of Public Health, as of November 1, nearly 3o0,000 state residents hold medical cards.
1906 is excited to join Arizona’s fast-growing cannabis community, one that’s been a national leader in investigating medicinal use and in helping citizens address a range of health and lifestyle concerns through functional cannabis consumption.
We are especially looking forward to working with the many local dispensaries committed to offering robust education to new consumers and discounts to certain communities, including veterans and seniors, who may particularly benefit from cannabis’ unique properties for natural healing. While adult use purchasers are not tracked for demographic data, studies indicate that cannabis use by seniors has risen over the past several years.
The impacts of the stress and isolation of the pandemic are still being catalogued, but it’s clear that older people have suffered a profound impact. Leaf411, a nonprofit, nurse-staffed information hotline, received 50 percent more calls in 2020 over 2019, most, they report, from older adults.
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Equal Justice for All
At 1906, we know that operating a cannabis business is a privilege, and we are keenly aware of the injustice of those who are permitted to run legal businesses and those who are penalized for possessing or distributing cannabis. We want to help make cannabis accessible to all – those who wish to work within the industry and those who wish to consume cannabis without hassle, stigma, or repercussion.
We have partnered and continue to work with a range of organizations, including the Cannabis Trade Federation Task Force for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the Cannabis Voter Project, which advocate to increase opportunity in the cannabis marketplace for underserved populations. Furthermore, we applaud efforts to expunge previous criminal convictions for cannabis offenses. Learn more about our commitment to social justice on our website.
As part of the passage of Arizona’s Prop. 207, people who have been previously convicted of possessing up to 2 1/2 ounces of marijuana, six plants, or marijuana paraphernalia are eligible to have their convictions expunged. Since filing started in July, the Superior Court of Arizona in Maricopa County has granted over 3,500 petitions, with an average of 650 people a week filing to have felony marijuana-related convictions wiped off their records. To assist petitioners, the Superior Court in Maricopa County’s Law Library Resource Center, one of many organizations throughout Arizona helping with the expungement process, has posted all the necessary forms and information online.
Prop. 207, the Smart and Safe Act, also requires that Arizona “promote the ownership and operation of marijuana establishments and marijuana testing facilities by individuals from communities disproportionately impacted by the enforcement of previous marijuana laws.”
As part of this mandate, 26 adult-use Marijuana Establishment licenses will be issued to applicants who qualify under a social equity ownership program.
While this program by no means will make up for 100+ years of profoundly tragic effects of criminalization, it does attempt to broaden access to the legal cannabis marketplace.
And it’s a marketplace that’s primed for expansion. Across the country, the COVID-19 pandemic proved that cannabis is necessary medicine for millions of patients and consumers around the country. In 2020, legal cannabis sales in America jumped a whopping 46 percent from 2019 to a record $17.5 billion, according to cannabinoid market research firm BDSA.
When so much was shuttered, governor after governor deemed dispensaries essential businesses. As life begins to get back to the new normal, 1906 is excited to offer the people of Arizona innovative options for making the ancient medicine of cannabis part of modern life.
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