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Dispensary Zoning Case

By | December 13th, 2012|Preparedness|

Last week a Superior Court judge ordered Maricopa County to process the zoning paperwork that has been submitted by the applicant for the Sun City CHAA.  The Maricopa County Attorney asked for a Stay of the decision while he appealed the case to the Court of Appeals.  This morning, the Superior Court judge denied that request [...]

Dispensary Court Ruling

By | December 4th, 2012|Preparedness|

   A Superior Court judge ruled today in the dispensary case concerning the applicant in the Sun City CHAA.  The judge ordered the county to begin processing the required zoning paperwork.  This was the only application for this area,  so the next step for the applicant is to submit to us a completed application including  the zoning [...]

Glendale Dispensary Opening Postponed

By | November 19th, 2012|General, Preparedness|

Last Thursday I announced in a blog post that our team had just returned from a field inspection for a dispensary applicant in Glendale, that there were no major deficiencies, and that we had awarded the dispensary an “Approval to Operate”.   Today the Applicant asked for a short delay in the effective date for their [...]

First Dispensary

By | November 15th, 2012|Preparedness|

Our team just returned from a field inspection for a dispensary applicant in Glendale.  There were no major deficiencies, and we awarded the dispensary an “approval to operate” late this afternoon.  This is the first dispensary approval to operate we’ve issued in the State.  By law, we’re not allowed to publicly disclose the address.  The [...]

Medical Marijuana @ 1 Year

By | November 9th, 2012|General|

Our Vital Health Statistics team along with our partners at the UA College of Public Health completed the 1st Annual Report for the Arizona Medical Marijuana Program this week.  You’ll find a wide range of information in the report including data about the demographics and kinds and qualifying conditions of our cardholders, geographic distribution and rates [...]

Breastfeeding & Cannabis

By | September 4th, 2012|General|

Some AZ health care providers and parents have asked questions about whether medical marijuana is safe for use while breastfeeding.  The short answer is no, because the active chemical in marijuana is passed to the baby through breast milk. For this reason, most experts, including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the CDC advise moms not to use marijuana [...]

Dispensary Drawing Procedures Report Published

By | August 31st, 2012|General, Licensing|

We carefully planned our processes for randomly selecting medical marijuana registration certificates in competitive districts to make sure the process was fair and transparent.  Part of our planning included contracting with Henry & Horne, LLP to independently observe the entire process.  The contract included a requirement to develop a final report documenting their observations.  The [...]

New “Home-Grown” ITS Programs

By | August 28th, 2012|General|

Team ITS delivered and deployed 2 more new web modules for the Medical Marijuana application this week: the 1) dispensary agent processing module; and 2) a new version of the Verification System which more efficiently facilitates card verification for law enforcement officers and employers in real time.  Thanks much to everyone who assisted in the development of these modules. From ITS, [...]

Dispensary Selection Results

By | August 7th, 2012|General|

For about four hours this morning, balls were hopping in the bingo machine as we randomly chose one dispensary for each of the 68 competitive districts.  All the drawings are online for you to watch - there were 404 applications considered in the 68 drawings.  There were also 29 CHAAs where there was only one [...]

One Day at a Time

By | August 6th, 2012|General|

The AZ Attorney General issued an Opinion and a media release this afternoon about the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act.  The Opinion states, in part, that the voter approved Act is pre-empted by Federal Law – specifically the part that allows the cultivation, selling or distribution of marijuana.  It references 2 recent court cases that states [...]