Arizona, which became the fifteenth state to legalize the use of medical marijuana in last fall’s mid-term elections, is expected to release to the public its rules for the use and distribution of the drug sometime Monday.
For months, the state health department has been working to create regulations for the use of medical marijuana. That they’re ready to announce them in under six months puts other states (ahem – New Jersey – ahem) to shame.
Will Humble, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, had said that his goal is to make sure that, unlike states with less stringent guidelines, his goal is to ensure that only those patients to really need medical marijuana have access to it.
The proposed requirements include a stipulation that patients be recommended for MMJ by a doctor licensed in Arizona who is either their primary care physician, or has been treating them for a year.
Applications for medical marijuana cards, which must be submitted online, will open on April 14th, while applications for dispensaries will be accepted during the month of June, only.
Applications for dispensaties will be accepted June 1-30.