In Arizona, the legalization of recreational marijuana through Proposition 207 in 2020 opened a lot of doors for people with past low-level marijuana convictions. Nowadays, thousands of people have already applied for expungement under the voter-passed initiative, but not everyone can get their charges tossed out, including a Phoenix entrepreneur who says the same cannabis industry that is bringing in big money today almost cost him everything a decade ago. Making and packaging CBD oils and candy are all in a day’s work with CBD at Hempful Farms for Chris Martin and his wife Andi. Perhaps not many would have gone back to a business that almost cost them everything. “On my record right now, I have 15 total felony convictions from 1996 to now. It’s all pot-related,” said Martin. Martin — the tough-looking chef, tatted up, biker with the soft side — was a medical marijuana trailblazer about a decade ago. Using THC to treat his own Crohn’s Disease, he started making Zonka Bars, a big name in the marijuana edible game, and was selling the infused candy to compassion clubs, which consist of people looking for medical relief with THC, but didn’t want to smoke.
420 Intel – Marijuana Industry News, 10/11/2021 20:00:00