AZ to Announce MMJ Rules

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.

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4 Responses to AZ to Announce MMJ Rules

  1. Catterkang says:

    I was happy that there was some success at the poles in November, even though Prop 19 failed. Medical Marijuana is good for any state, the patients will highly benefit from having it regulated instead of having to self medicate. I believe that being able to purchase medicine in a safe way is good for the community as a whole. I don’t know if cartels make much money down in AZ from the people who use cannabis medicinally on their own since the product cartels grow is bricked and packaged. With this new passed, patients will be able to drive down to a dispensary to pick up medication just like at any Walgreens. I have a friend who lives in Arizona who plans on opening a dispensary with his brother’s, they seem to be really excited that this whole process has started and that they are going to have a legit business supplying patients with the medicine they rightfully deserve to be able to purchase.

  2. lindzzz says:

    I think that Arizona is smart to have stricter guidelines. It seems that they might have less nonsense and hopefully respect patient rights more than some other states. It is advantageous to require the doctor to be your primary care physician, because let’s face it, anyone who wants a card in California can get one from anywhere in the state. I think this will mean less people abusing the rights of a patient. The fact that it is done through the state online should mean that they will have a patient database so patients who have altercations with police will be more protected. I hope that there are enough applications during June to adequately supply those in need, otherwise they should keep it open longer. Either way I think that they will see the necessity of opening more places over time.

  3. Chief says:

    This is a very interesting article. I believe that it is advantageous to require the doctor to be your primary care physician. I wonder how it will work for the patients who have recently moved to the state or those who have not had medical insurance for an entire year. The more moves that are made in favor of legal medicine then the less that the cartels will be able to profit from it, thus limiting the activity that occurs.

  4. Medicator says:

    I don’t think this is fair for patients who do not have a primary physician or for those who seek holistic alternatives to western medicine practices. I have not gone to a “regular” doctor for many years and only have my chiropractor as my primary doctor. It will be interesting to see if anyone contests this stipulation due to lack of money. Many people in this country cannot afford to even get medical attention these days.