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 top $1.2 billion in first 11 months of 2021
By: David Abbott - January 11, 2022
Arizona cannabis sales continued on an upward trajectory in 2021, with the Arizona Department of Revenue reporting more than $1.23 billion in combined cannabis sales through the first 11 months of the year. In November, adult-use recreational cannabis sales hit a new peak and crossed $60 million for the first time. Medical sales have fluctuated […]
Arizona veterans struggle to get access to health care as backlogs grow. Can it be fixed?
By: David Abbott - November 5, 2021
Despite a massive budget that is dwarfed only by that of the Department of Defense, the Veterans Administration is facing health care delivery crises due in part to miles of red tape and an arcane bureaucracy that blocks veterans from receiving the care they deserve from their service to the U.S. What we know as […]
New study: Resolution Copper mine will use 250 billion gallons of water as drought ravages Arizona
By: David Abbott - October 1, 2021
As Arizona enters what is likely to be its third decade of unprecedented drought, the proposed Resolution Copper mine just east of Superior at the site of Oak Flat has become a symbol of the fight over economic development, dwindling water supplies, and the preservation of Native American heritage and publicly owned open spaces. On […]
VA sending mixed messages for vets about cannabis use to treat PTSD
By: David Abbott - August 30, 2021
Despite increasing legal access to medical and recreational cannabis in states across the U.S., veterans face unfair treatment and stigmatization because the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs refuses to recognize marijuana as a viable treatment option. While the VA has embraced the federally illegal status of the drug, agency policy does not allow discrimination against […]