Legal medical industry in Arizona
Arizona Hemp Center's Medical Marijuana Blog is a continually updated resource of news and information regarding proposition 203 in Arizona and medical marijuana use across the country. Our goal is to help promote the drug as a viable method of treatment for certain illnesses, and also share best practices for consumption on medical marijuana.
Months after checking "yes" on prop 203, Arizona has come under duress about the application acceptance for Medical Marijuana dispensaries. Regardless of those citizens who already have Medical Marijuana cards and/or those in the process of applying; the federal government recently rescinded their blind eye on the focusing “their efforts on individuals whose actions are in clear and unambiguous compliance with existing state laws allowing for the medical use of marijuana,” clause. Until this point, state Health Director Will Humble and Governor Jan Brewer had denied any applications for dispensary licenses and slowed down on the acceptance of identification cards as well.
However, as of July 5th, the city of Peoria approved two permit requests for dispensaries. One located at the southeast corner of Loop 101 and Peoria Avenue, and the other at the northwest corner of Lake Pleasant and Beardsley roads. These permits, issued by the city's Planning and Zoning Commission, allow for the building to be used for a certain type of business - a medical marijuana dispensary in this case. But without applying and being awarded a dispensary certificate from the Arizona Department of Health Services, one still cannot open or operate a medical marijuana dispensary. So while this news is positive, it does not mean that these locations will be providing marijuana to eligible patients in the area. It is still against the law.
For the almost 5000 citizens already in possession of Medical Marijuana cards, the law states that any citizen with a legal Medical Marijuana card living more than 25 miles from a dispensary is legally allowed grow and cultivate their own medicine. This law also requires those patients or caregivers to grow their marijuana in a private and locked facility, preferably a small room or green house surrounded by ten foot walls. Since there is no legal dispensary open yet in the state of Arizona, this applies to all 5000 of those card holders.
Once litigation ends over the legality of dispensaries in Arizona, an expected 126 other dispensaries will get their certification as well.
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