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.
In order to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Arizona, the location of the dispensary and location of your cultivation site must comply with local regulations, which are outlined by each municipality. Each municipality micro-regulates their own zoning polices, which must be compliant with state laws, regulations, rules, and zoning requirements.
As of May 27th, 2011, the Arizona Department of Health Services halted the application process for opening a medical marijuana dispensary. This was the result of a lawsuit filed by the state in federal court designed to “determine whether the new law conflicts with federal drug statutes.”
That being said - this is temporary, and there is still plenty of information potential dispensary owners must be aware of in the meantime. The process of setting up a medical marijuana dispensary in Arizona is similar to starting a business, though these are two entirely different things. To get started you must:
Now that you have addressed the sections above, the finger prints of the dispensary’s principal officer or board member must be submitted to confirm they have not be convicted of any felony offense. Additional information about them must also be included in the application, such as experience serving in such a position and financial status. Each member of a medical marijuana dispensary’s management needs to provide similar information.
On top of some additional documentation, an application for a dispensary license must contain a business plan. This is required to confirm that you it will be able to operate on non-profit basis. If you are interestd in opening a Medical Marijuana Dispensary in Arizona, join the Arizona Hemp Center's community to receive proper assistance from our team and information pertaining to the CHAA zone you would like to conduct business in.
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