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 eligible applicant. There were two CHAAs that we did not select today because of pending court action. There were also 27 areas where no applications were made – making up the 126 areas in the state.
The results are posted- you’ll notice that only the dispensary application number is on the list; that’s because of the confidentiality clause in the Medical Marijuana Act.
The successful applicants will be notified by mail and need to fill out some more paperwork to get the certificates. I talked about that last week. We anticipate sending some certificates out this month depending on how quickly the applicants respond.
You may have answered this at the press conference, but unfortunately the video was very choppy when you were addressing home cultivation. At what point will new or renewing patients no longer be authorized to cultivate? After permits are approved for a dispensary within 25 miles of them or not until after a dispensary within 25 miles is actually open for business?
If your card says that you can cultivate, it is good until it expires. When you renew your card, if there is a dispensary within 25 miles from you we will not allow you to cultivate any longer.
What is the last date that you will approve a NEW card with permission to Cultivate in my CHAA ???
There are currently no operational dispensaries at this time. A request to cultivate can be approved as long as the qualifying patient does not live within 25 miles of an operational dispensary.
Are there any plans to redistribute the 27 CHAA’s which could not have dispensaries in them, such as those on Federal Land.
Also, if I was a successful drawing participant and I wish to move my dispensary to another CHAA is that possible? I realize there is a $2,500 application fee for this, but I am having trouble locating the process if it has been identified yet?
Thank you for your consideration.
Applicants will not have an opportunity to submit dispensary registration certificate applications for vacant CHAAs until next year. Redistribution of vacant CHAAs has not yet been discussed.
Applicants that were allocated a dispensary registration certificate can apply to move anywhere within their CHAA over the next 3 years and will be able to apply to move out of their CHAA after 3 years. The application to change locations is not yet available. Please continue to check the website for updates.
Why would the state allow a dispensary to relocate outside its CHAA after 3 years?…..would that not go against the desired intention of proposition 203 202. It appears the desired intention of 203 was to allow for accessable medication to ALL of Arizona residence.. The state used the CHAA map to spread the dispensaries out. Why would the state then reassign dispensaries?? The rural dispensaries that were intended to provide for rural residents, also cover the state from grow opps. popping up all over each uncovered area……i hope the state would look forward to the issues that WOULD be caused by that decision (i.e. grows/ caregivers growing legally….and shipping it illegally to states without a medical marijuana systems; also the opportunity for “clubs” to opporate illegally within Arizona; also to tag along with a statement our govoner made…..how would the state/ we pay to monitor theaae areas/ growers?
For those applications that received the Notice of Substantive Completeness email, shouldn’t they have received a ball in the drawing?
Only dispensary registration certificate applicants that were eligible for the drawing were assigned a ball in the random selection. Several applicants submitted applications that were substantively complete; however, the application was not eligible for the random selection (i.e. financial documents were not in compliance).
Does DHS really think it was responsible to issue permits to cultivate and distribute a substance with huge black market value based on nothing more than ping pong balls in a hopper, rather than on the merits of the applications themselves? This seems like a recipe for disaster.
Mr. Humble, who is responsible for sending out the dispensary I.d. Numbers?
The Arizona Medical Marijuana Program is responsible for sending out the dispensary registration certificate ID #’s.
THE (name removed by editor) WOULD LIKE TO THANK WILL HUMBLE FOR ALL HIS WORK IN GETTING MMJ TO AZ! SOME WOULD SAY YOU ARE THE BOMB! CANT WAIT TO MEET YOU!
Dear Mr. Humble,
Has there been any news or updates yet as to where/when a dispensary will open? Fort Mohave certainly isn’t the size of Phoenix, but it sure would be closer. Thank you for your time and answers, Dee
As of right now none of the dispensaries are up and running. Please check our website or our blog for updates.