David Abbott

David Abbott

David Abbott is a freelance journalist living in Tucson. He originally came to Tucson while serving in the Air Force from 1978 to 1982, but left to seek his fortunes in California where his passion for journalism took hold. His editorial career has taken him from Northern California to rural Arizona as a writer, editor and newspaper production manager for several weekly newspapers, magazines and assorted publications. After accepting a position as editor of the Arizona Silver Belt in Globe in 2018, he returned to Tucson the following year to enjoy the mountains and write about cannabis and community news.


Arizona cannabis sales continue to drop, but there are signs the market is leveling out

By: - November 17, 2022

Cannabis sales continued to decline in September, but dispensary owners say it is not an unexpected phenomenon and the market will continue to mature as it withstands a worldwide recession on the heels of a global pandemic. The medical marijuana market continued its precipitous decline, dropping to slightly less than $31 million in sales for […]

Arizona marijuana sales approaching $1 billion in 2022

By: - October 27, 2022

Arizona’s cannabis marketplace suffered a loss of nearly $7 million in August, as both medical marijuana and adult-use recreational sales dropped about $3.5 million each from the previous month, according to the most recent report from the Arizona Department of Revenue. The losses were offset, though, as ADOR revised July’s totals upward by almost $7 […]

AZ recreational marijuana sales plateau while medical continues its slide to irrelevance

By: - October 11, 2022

Arizona’s recreational marijuana marketplace has remained robust, although slightly down through July, while the medical marijuana market continued its slide into irrelevance, according to the most recent reports by the Arizona Department of Revenue and Arizona Department of Health Services. The ADOR report includes total sales through July 2022, while the ADHS report covers August, […]

The ‘poster child’ for social equity marijuana licenses looks to succeed, even against tall odds

By: - October 3, 2022

Alicia Deals is the poster child for Arizona’s social equity program, and she is willing to pass up an immediate payday — risking no payday at all — in order to try to forge her own path in a complex and heavily regulated industry. Deals is one of 26 winners of marijuana establishment licenses the […]

With recreational cannabis sales soaring, Arizona’s medical marijuana industry is struggling to adapt

By: - August 29, 2022

Arizona’s commercial marijuana market has gone through a seismic shift since 2021 began. Adult-use and recreational sales have overtaken medical marijuana, as cardholders abandon certifications and established businesses wrestle with the need to change with the times. Throughout 2022, the Arizona Mirror has tracked a 7-month downward trend in medical marijuana sales, while the recreational […]

Medical marijuana sales crater as recreational cannabis sales stay sky high

By: - August 16, 2022

Medical marijuana sales in Arizona continue to crater as recreational sales remain robust, according to tax and sales data compiled by the Arizona Department of Revenue. Sales of medical cannabis dipped to slightly less than $45 million in May, their lowest total since January 2021, when adults were first allowed to purchase marijuana for recreational […]

Marijuana dispensary workers are unionizing, while Big Cannabis throws up roadblocks

By: - July 22, 2022

Unionization for workers in the cannabis industry is gathering steam in Arizona, as budtenders at the Curaleaf Dispensary in midtown Phoenix recently voted to unionize, while workers at several other dispensaries are poised to vote on the issue within the next few weeks. “[This] election marks an important milestone for cannabis workers in Arizona and […]

Recreational marijuana sales remain steady as medical sales plummet

By: - July 11, 2022

Cannabis sales in Arizona continue to be robust overall, thanks to the continued explosion of recreational sales. But as adult-use recreational sales are increasing, medical marijuana totals are in a free-fall that began last year. The Arizona Department of Revenue reports that recreational cannabis sales were almost $75.5 million — which would have been an […]

Auditor general: ADHS slow in fixing how it manages medical marijuana money

By: - July 1, 2022

The Arizona Department of Health Services has yet to enact needed changes to how it manages the state’s medical marijuana fund that state auditors recommended three years ago, the auditors said in a report released last week. The Arizona auditor general last week issued an update to its 2019 audit of ADHS’ management of the […]

The Rosemont Mine rollercoaster: Trump-era rules were overturned, so Hudbay radically overhauled its mining plan

By: - July 1, 2022

The 15-year struggle over proposed mining activities in the Santa Rita Mountains continued to play out in June, as the Biden administration reversed a Trump-era loosening of environmental rules that would have allowed Toronto-based Hudbay Minerals Inc to dump mine waste into washes on the proposed Rosemont Mine site. That, in turn, led Hudbay to […]

Hudbay wins latest court battle over the Rosemont Mine as heavy equipment continues to roll in the Santa Rita Mountains

By: - June 1, 2022

The same judge who put the skids on the Rosemont Mine project in 2019 has dismissed a pair of lawsuits attempting to halt mining activities in the Santa Rita Mountains filed by several environmental groups and three southern Arizona tribes. On May 23, U.S. District Court Judge James A. Soto denied the groups’ request for […]

Arizona recreational cannabis sales hit record $72 million in March

By: - May 16, 2022

Medical marijuana sales in Arizona continued to slide in March, dropping for the fifth consecutive month as recreational adult-use cannabis sales soared to new heights.  The Arizona Department of Revenue also revised February sales upwards by several million dollars. In March, medical marijuana dipped to below $50 million for the first time since recreational sales […]