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New M2 Petitions on Horizon Again

By | January 23rd, 2013|General|

Last January we accepted petitions from the public to add PTSD 1; PTSD 2; Depression; Migraines; and Generalized Anxiety Disorder to the list of conditions that qualify patients to receive a Medical Marijuana Registration Card.  Because my guiding principle for making the decision was to use science and research to make the decision, we contracted with the U of [...]

Medical Marijuana Cards – Time to Renew

By | March 13th, 2012|General|

Believe it or not, it’s been almost a year since we started issuing the first medical marijuana cards for qualifying patients and designated caregivers.  This week marks the beginning of the first renewal period for the folks that applied for cards at the start of the program.  Our medical marijuana webpage has instructions and the [...]

Ink Dry on Final Revised Medical Marijuana Rules

By | February 27th, 2012|General, Licensing|

As you know from earlier blog posts a judge ruled in a state case that had challenged our dispensary applicant selection criteria.  The judge’s decision basically struck down several of the selection criteria we had been planning to use to for competitive areas of the state (areas where there will be more than 1 applicant [...]

Medical Marijuana (Cannabis) Ballot Language Finalized

By | August 23rd, 2010|General|

The language for all of the ballot propositions, including the Arizona Medical Marijuana (Cannabis) Act, was approved this week.  Last week, an analysis of the initiative for the voter guide was written by the Legislative Council.   The actual words that will be on the ballot for Proposition 203 is as follows:   Proposition 203 – [...]

Substance Abuse in AZ

By | July 19th, 2010|Behavioral Health, Uncategorized|

Our Division of Behavioral Health Services is the point guard for substance abuse prevention & treatment in Arizona (also referred to as the Single State Authority for Substance Abuse Services at the federal level).  One of those concerns is the abuse of marijuana- which continues to be in high demand and abused in our state.  [...]

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Medical Marijuana’s on the Ballot

By | June 7th, 2010|General|

The Arizona Secretary of State’s Office determined that enough valid signatures were turned in to put “The Arizona Medical Marijuana Act” on the November 2 ballot as a voter initiative.  Basically, if the Act were to pass and be certified, it would create a system so that “qualifying patients” could apply to dispense, use and [...]