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 industry trending toward sales record as medical continues to flounder

By: - February 16, 2024

As 2023 hit its 11th month, sales trends in the Arizona cannabis industry continued a familiar pattern with the adult-use, recreational market more than tripling that of the medical sector. According to the latest report from the Arizona Department of Revenue, November 2023 recreational sales weighed in at $83.5 million, while medical sales remained flat […]

Cannabis sales begin to settle into pattern as 3rd anniversary for recreational pot use approaches

By: - January 9, 2024

After nearly three years, Arizona’s recreational and medical marijuana markets seem to have found an equilibrium, with adult-use cannabis consistently making up at least twice as many sales as the more heavily regulated medical industry. October marked the third month in a row that recreational sales hovered around the $85 million mark, while medical marijuana […]

Arizona marijuana sales surpass $1 billion in 2023

By: - December 11, 2023

Cannabis sales in Arizona passed the $1 billion mark for the year in September, as the medical and recreational markets continued a familiar pattern that appears to have solidified over the past several months. Data from the Arizona Department of Revenue for August and September reports that medical sales remain about one-third that of adult-use […]

AZ marijuana sales continue downward trend after peaking in the spring

By: - October 11, 2023

Both the recreational and medical marijuana markets continue to lose potency as they mature, though adult-use sales continue to far outpace what is sold to people who have medical marijuana cards. Recreational sales began at the end of January 2021 and since that time, the individual markets have taken wildly divergent paths as medical sales […]

AZ cannabis sales dipped at the end of spring

By: - August 22, 2023

Arizona’s marijuana market trended downward in May, according to the latest numbers released by the Arizona Department of Revenue, as adult-use, recreational sales dipped to $82.9 million, while medical cannabis sales dropped to just $28.3 million, the lowest since recreational sales began in January 2021. Medical sales have declined consistently since reaching a peak of […]

Arizonans bought more than $100 million in recreational marijuana in March

By: - June 27, 2023

Arizona’s recreational cannabis sales hit the $100 million mark in March for the first time since sales began, while the medical market maintained a tenuous equilibrium around the $30 million mark per month. The recreational market has tripled reported totals over the medical side for two of the past three months. The Arizona Department of […]

Recreational cannabis sales still smoking the medical market in 2023

By: - April 25, 2023

After nearly $1.5 billion in sales in 2022, Arizona’s cannabis market continues to be robust in the first months of 2023, driven by a growing recreational market. Marijuana sales in Arizona continue to be a tale of two markets, with recreational adult-use sales surging and the medical marijuana market remaining in a freefall. Recreational sales […]


Arizonans spent more than $1.4 billion on marijuana in 2022, driven by recreational sales

By: - February 23, 2023

Total Arizona marijuana sales in 2022 mirrored the total from 2021, the first year of the legal adult use market, but the paths that each year reached $1.4 billion in sales were strikingly different.  In 2021, medical marijuana sales were the driving factor, accounting for nearly 55% — about $760 million — of the total. […]

Southwest Gas recruited elected officials to back its rate increase, records show

By: - January 31, 2023

Championing Southwest Gas’ second rate increase in as many years, mayors in some of Arizona’s fastest-growing communities sent a letter of support to the Arizona Corporation Commission claiming proposals from a consumer interest group “would impose unnecessary and costly barriers for consumers” who want to use natural gas.  “If enacted, these misguided policies will slow […]

Arizona recreational marijuana sales hit new record, medical sales slip again

By: - January 10, 2023

For the eighth straight month, and the eleventh time in the past year, medical marijuana sales dropped from the month prior, clocking in at about $31 million in October 2022.  By contrast, adult-use cannabis sales that voters approved in 2020 hit a new high in the same month, with more than $85.4 million in estimated […]

Hudbay ramps up excavation for Copper World Complex as local resistance continues and expands

By: - January 6, 2023

As bulldozers and heavy equipment accelerate the pace of destruction on properties owned by Toronto-based Hudbay Minerals Inc. in the Santa Rita Mountains 28 miles southeast of Tucson, environmental groups, local tribes and agricultural interests in the region continue the fight to halt mining operations there. Hudbay is currently carving roads, drill pads and clearing […]


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 […]