May 142012
 May 14, 2012

Arizona MarijuanaArizonans Will Finally Have Reliable Access To Medical Marijuana

After 18 months of waiting, today is finally the day for Arizona medical marijuana. Despite countless lawsuits, sporadic raids, and hurdles thrown up by Governor Jan Brewer, the Arizona Department of Health (ADHS) today accepted the first 14 applications to operate lawful medical marijuana dispensaries in Arizona.

It’s a great moment for patients, activists, and entrepreneurs alike. Arizona finally has the chance to prove that its tightly regulated dispensary system will stand up to federal muster.

The medical marijuana movement is at a tipping point in all corners of the country. Connecticut’s legislature passed a medical marijuana law that awaits a willing governor’s signature. Dispensaries are coming on line in D.C. and New Jersey. President Obama is on the campaign trail, making good on promises, such as supporting gay marriage, which may foreshadow a presidential change of heart on medical marijuana soon. Arizona’s timing couldn’t be better.

I applaud ADHS, Director Will Humble, and the entire Arizona medical marijuana community for maintaining poise, and intellectual generosity throughout this long process. I have said it before, but it’s worth saying again: no matter how you feel about the Arizona medical marijuana program, it is the product of spirited democratic deliberation. Special thanks is owed to Judge Richard Gama, who ordered ADHS to move forward with licensing dispensaries, and the medical marijuana activists in Arizona who pushed the point.

The application period will remain open through May 25, at 5 p.m. ADHS anticipates issuing the first licenses on August 7th. Successful applicants must then build out the dispensaries, and pass a final inspection by ADHS. There are currently more than 28,000 legal medical marijuana patients in Arizona. A number which will likely soar once dispensaries open across the state. In Arizona, patients will be allowed to buy marijuana at any dispensary, and while caregivers are allowed, they are not required.

In order to buy marijuana from a dispensary, patients must get a medical card from ADHS. But first, patients must get certified by an Arizona licensed physician.

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  5 Responses to “Arizona Accepts First Medical Marijuana Dispensary Applications”

  1.  

    UNITED WE STAND WE THE PEOPLE “CONGRESS DO U HEAR OUR ROAR R DO WE NEED TO BE LOUDER?

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    Obama hasn’t done anthing to support  AZ MMJ

  3.  

    AWAKE THE SLEEPING GIANT!!!

    I challenge every one to speak to at least one person every day about
    making marijuana legal and tell every one you talk to, to do the same.
    This issue has the peoples support now we need to unite, organize and
    make it happen.

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    In 1988, after reviewing all scientific evidence brought forth in a lengthy lawsuit against the government’s prohibition of medical marijuana, the DEA’s own administrative law judge (Judge Francis Young) wrote: “MARIJUANA, IN ITS NATURAL FORM, IS ONE OF THE SAFEST THERAPEUTICALLY ACTIVE SUBSTANCES KNOWN. IN STRICT MEDICAL TERMS, MARIJUANA IS SAFER THAN MANY FOODS WE COMMONLY CONSUME.” http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/show/109464

    Anyone that wants marijuana is already getting it. Legalizing and regulating marijuana is not adding another harmful intoxicant to society, legalizing gives people the legal opportunity to make the SAFER CHOICE! Alcohol, tobacco, many Rx drugs, many over the counter drugs, even caffeine, aspirin and non-aspirin, can all be deadly and are well documented as being the direct cause of hundreds of thousands of deaths in the USA every year. http://www.saferchoice.org/content/view/24/53/

    No person of any age, in all of recorded history, has ever died from marijuana, marijuana is nontoxic. Many have died from marijuana prohibition and tens of millions have been caged or otherwise seriously harmed. The US arrests someone on marijuana charge every 38 seconds. In 2010, 52.1% of the 1,638,846 total arrests for prohibition violations were for marijuana — making a calculated total of 853,839.  Would you rather have your kid locked up with killers and child molesters or would you prefer to do your own proper parenting? http://www.drugwarfacts.org/cms/Marijuana#Total

    Watch this FL man that gets his marijuana from the Federal government destroy all the lies about marijuana consumers being lazy and unproductive. Watch him destroy all the lies about long term heavy marijuana use being harmful. Learn the truth about marijuana: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvzX8aNwxgM

    Listen to these high ranking narcotics officers expose the harms and waste of the drug war: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LayaGk0TMDc

    The World Health Organization Documents Failure of U.S. Drug Policies – according to the world’s leading substance abuse researchers, the US has the highest rates of marijuana and cocaine use. http://www.alternet.org/drugreporter/90295/

    Cannabis Reduces Infant Mortality: http://www.salem-news.com/articles/june272010/marijuana-infants-sc.php – The “cannabis” infants have a mortality rate almost half of what the “No drugs” infants have!

    If you want to know how far the federal government will go to promote its mendacious anti-marijuana message read this: 

    http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2000/03/31/magazines

    Protestant, Catholic and Jewish Clergy Speak Out Against The War On Drugs:
    http://www.csdp.org/news/news/clergydvd.htm

    Free online book: The Emperor Wears No Clothes:
    http://www.jackherer.com/chapter01.html

    Here’s a documentary about marijuana curing cancer. There are 7 parts: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjhT9282-Tw

    If you still doubt that marijuana is good medicine then kindly check out Granny Storm Crow’s Amazing MMJ Reference List:

    http://www.letfreedomgrow.com/cmu/GrannysList-Jan2011.pdf
    It’s more like a library than a list!

    MARIJUANA CURES CANCER:

    http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/cam/cannabis/healthprofessional/page4

    http://www.nowpublic.com/thc_marijuana_helps_cure_cancer_says_harvard_study

    http://patients4medicalmarijuana.wordpress.com/2010/01/04/marijuana-cures-cancer-us-government-has-known-since-1974/

    http://www.rawstory.com/rawreplay/2011/08/pbs-documentary-sheds-light-on-marijuanas-cancer-killing-properties/

    Marijuana promotes brain cell growth by 40% and protects it from damage: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/10/051016083817.htm

    Marijuana promotes healthy lungs: http://dailycollegian.com/2012/02/01/marijuana-health-claims-go-up-in-smoke/

    Marijuana when used by HIV patients Inhibits virus replication: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/03/120320195252.htm

    Mothers who use cannabis during pregnancy have healthier smarter kids: http://patients4medicalmarijuana.wordpress.com/2009/12/20/marijuana-cannabis-use-in-pregnancy-dr-melanie-dreher/

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    It’s a sad day. Dispensaries opening means no growing for most patients. We’ll be forced to buy overpriced mmj from a dispensary, instead of just growing it ourselves and saving. i hope the feds shut them down.

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