Legal medical industry in Arizona
Those interested in opening a medical marijuana dispensary in Arizona must carefully adhere to a number of rules and regulations, both state wide and in your defined zoning area.
As part of Proposition 203, each municipality in Arizona has the power to micro-regulate their own zoning polices, and every dispensary is subject to them.
Medical marijuana dispensaries in Phoenix must be located in districts classified as Industrial A-1, which refers to light industrial and commercial areas. The dispensary’s cultivation facility must obtain a use permit that is renewed on annual basis. A dispensary is prohibited from cultivating plants on site, and needs to be located at least 5,280 feet away from another medical marijuana dispensary, at least 250 feet from certain residential areas and at least 1,320 feet away from any schools, public parks and community centers.
The city of Scottsdale has less stringent regulations for dispensaries and permits them to be located only 1,320 feet from another medical marijuana dispensary and/or a cultivation site. A dispensary may operate as long as it’s at least 500 feet away from residential districts. The same distance applies for schools and public facilities.
Chandler is more restrictive than other cities in the area. Dispensaries must be at least 5,280 feet from another facility and 1,320 feet from a school, public park, day care center and place of worship. Operating hours are limited from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and the limit on facility size is identical to that of Phoenix – a maximum of 3,000 square feet.
Each city in Arizona is responsible for determining its own zoning regulations, and those applying for an Arizona medical marijuana dispensary license must carefully consider these regulations, since it’s required by law that they are followed. Some cities enforce much stricter zoning policies than others, so it’s important to fully understand the regulations for the city you are applying to for licensing purposes.
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