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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.

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 […]

Federal attempts to legalize marijuana flail, even as public support grows

By: - April 20, 2022

Across the country, attitudes toward cannabis are becoming more permissive and accepting, but partisan gridlock in Congress virtually ensures that legislation to decriminalize marijuana will languish and die in the U.S. Senate. Earlier this month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act (MORE) by a narrow 220-204 margin.  In […]

Medical marijuana sales continue to decline while recreational sales bounce back

By: - April 14, 2022

Medical cannabis sales dropped by about $4 million from January to February this year, while adult-use recreational gained a little more than $1 million, as sales statewide continue to lag behind a robust end-of-year surge in recreational sales in 2021. Overall, sales for both programs totaled $121.2 million for the month of February. While medical […]

Marijuana sales drop in first month of 2022

By: - March 21, 2022

The stream of money raining down from cannabis sales abated slightly in the first month of 2022, with recreational and medical sales dropping to a combined $115 million. It was the lowest total sales revenue for the industry since February 2021 — the first full month of sales since Arizona voters legalized marijuana for recreational […]

Arizonans spent more than $1.4 billion on cannabis in 2021

By: - February 22, 2022

In the first year that Arizona adults could legally buy cannabis, they spent slightly more than $1.4 billion on marijuana. According to the Arizona Department of Revenue, the recreational market brought in nearly $650 million, despite sales beginning on Jan. 22, 2021. The well-established medical market that has been in existence for a decade recorded […]

Rosemont Mine project in southern Arizona faces pushback over water storage

By: - February 17, 2022

Despite widespread resistance from the City of Tucson, Pima County, multiple environmental groups and Indigenous tribes throughout southern Arizona, Canadian-based Hudbay Minerals continues to push its Rosemont Mine project through roadblocks hoping to get final approval. While state and federal regulators — as well as 19th Century mining law — seem to side with the […]

Arizona cannabis sales top $1.2 billion in first 11 months of 2021

By: - 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: - 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 […]

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New study: Resolution Copper mine will use 250 billion gallons of water as drought ravages Arizona

By: - 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 […]

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VA sending mixed messages for vets about cannabis use to treat PTSD

By: - 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 […]