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Pre-March 28 Medical Marijuana Certifications

By | March 9th, 2011|General|

  As I was looking through a weekly publication in the Phoenix area I noticed that there are several physicians that are already advertising their services for medical marijuana evaluations and certifications for a fee.  Some of the ads and websites seem to imply that the certifications that physicians are writing right now will be [...]

Don’t Miss Your Last Chance to Comment on Arizona’s Draft Medical Marijuana Rules

By | February 1st, 2011|General|

Three cheers for our interdisciplinary team that’s been working hard on the latest round of Administrative Code to implement the new medical marijuana law that will take effect April 14.  We changed lots of provisions since the latest draft that we released on January 31.  Here are just a few highlights: The new draft rules [...]

Medical Marijuana Public Comments Available

By | January 12th, 2011|General|

Medical Marijuana Public Comments Posted We received more than 1,500 comments on our initial proposed rules to regulate medical marijuana.  All the comments (over 1,000 pages) are posted on our website for viewing.  Our team is very busy reviewing the comments and suggestions looking for good ideas that will help build a more effective program. By [...]

2011 Department Priorities Spotlight – Public Health Preparedness

By | January 4th, 2011|Newborn Screening, Preparedness|

Medical Marijuana will be implemented in April, 2011.  The coordination of tasks to ensure smooth and efficient implementation is a huge goal for 2011 and cuts across Bureau lines, involving many distinct portions of not only Public Health Preparedness but the Agency as a whole. Emergency Medical Services Within the Bureau of Emergency Services and [...]

Flag Drops on First Medical Marijuana Comment Period

By | December 17th, 2010|General|

One of our top priorities as we implement the AZ Medical Marijuana Act over the coming months is to ensure that we develop good Rules (called Administrative Code) so we can regulate medical marijuana effectively.  Rules that are clear, objective, well-researched, and that balance competing interests are absolutely critical in order to effectively implement a responsible [...]

Wait a Minute, Isn’t Marijuana Illegal?

By | November 29th, 2010|General|

I get this question a lot from folks.  While Congress has determined that it’s illegal to distribute and sell marijuana, several states have passed laws authorizing the distribution and use of marijuana for medical purposes.  Arizona will likely be the 15th state to do so if the election is certified today (November 29).  So, in [...]

Medical Marijuana (Cannabis) Implementation Schedule & Info

By | November 19th, 2010|General|

By now you probably know that Proposition 203, the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, appears to have passed after all (although the final determination will actually be made when the election is certified on November 29).  The Act identifies ADHS as the organization that’s responsible for carrying out the provisions of the law.  There will be several [...]

Selecting Marijuana Dispensaries

By | October 29th, 2010|General|

If Proposition 203 passes (the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act), one of our key decisions will be how to set up some kind of selection process for approving marijuana dispensary applications.  The Act states that the number of Cannabis dispensaries will be limited to 10% of the number of pharmacies in the state.  As of right [...]

Are Medical Marijuana Cards a Vital Record?

By | September 24th, 2010|Licensing, Preparedness|

Maybe. I’ve read the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act several times with an eye toward how we’d execute it’s requirements in case it passes.  One of the key decisions is figuring our which of our areas is in the best position to get the job done.  I think the best place is Vital Records- at least for [...]

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 – [...]