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Archive for January 2012

Arizona Medical Marijuana Dispensary LicensingWell, friends, the moment we Arizonans have been waiting for has arrived! The State of Arizona has lifted its moratorium on licensing medical marijuana dispensaries. Patients are one step closer to getting the relief they crave…legally!

The Director of the Arizona Department of Health Services himself declared last week that the State will begin again accepting cannabis dispensary applications.

Jan Brewer, the current governor of Arizona, opted to proceed with caution after the voters approved a law legalizing the sale of medical cannabis, and after the Governor’s office received some very menacing statements from the federal Attorney General regarding the legalization and sale of marijuana (an illicit substance under the Federal Controlled Substances Act) within our state.

Then came the stalemate in federal court. For almost a year, the patients of Arizona have been waiting for the green light on the voter-approved medical marijuana program. Both the federal courts and the Attorney General of the United States have essentially ignored the concerns of the Governor and Arizona citizens, so Brewer has decided to comply with the wishes of us, the voters.

The Arizona Department of Health Services states on the Director’s Blog that it will resume the process of taking applications. They expect that the application process will require a few tweaks due to the passage of so much time. Dates and deadlines will most likely change, so stay tuned! The Director hopes to start accepting new applications as soon as the summer of 2012.

TheArizonaDispensary.com will do its best to keep you abreast of all the shifts coming to Arizona’s medical marijuana laws. We are very excited to hear some positive news!

If you would like to hear it straight from the horse’s mouth, you can sign up to receive alerts from the Arizona Department of Health Services itself right here: http://www.azdhs.gov/socialmedia.htm

Getting Medical Marijuana in Arizona

So, you’ve been suffering for a while now from pain and disorders ranging from migraines to epilepsy, arthritis to cancer.  You can soon get relief!  Every state has different laws governing the use of medical marijuana, and Arizona in particular is new to the scene.  It can be tricky navigating all the rules and regulations.  We in no way offer the contents of this article as bona fide legal advice, and we whole-heartedly recommend you consult with an experienced attorney should any questions or concerns arise.

You may have heard of a moratorium on licensing patients and dispensaries by the State of Arizona.  At this time, the State is still issuing medical cards to patients.

Talk to Your Health Care Provider

First, you will need to have a very open and honest conversation with your licensed, qualified health care provider (preferably your primary care physician).  Hopefully you and your doctor have a professional relationship based on trust, and perhaps he or she has already broached the subject of integrating medical cannabis into the treatment regimen for your specific ailment.

If your primary provider is not willing to recommend medical marijuana to you, we suggest going to a Medical Marijuana Certification Center. These clinics specialize in medical marijuana recommendations. Patients find the most success rate receiving their marijuana recommendation from these types of places, rather than through a general health care provider.

The Next Step

Your doctor’s office will need a valid state identification card or driver’s license to prove your age and that you are a resident of Arizona in order to issue a recommendation for medicinal cannabis treatment.  If you are under 18, a waiver signed by your legal guardian is also required.  Bring any prior medical records that may be pertinent to your illness.

The staff at your physician’s office should give you a packet to mail to the State along with your prescription.  They will also be able to give you full instructions for completing the packet and can answer any questions you might have.

Obtaining Your Medical Marijuana

Once you receive state-issued documentation you will need to choose a legal, permitted apothecary.  You, your physician, and the experts at your chosen medical marijuana dispensary should discuss and determine the appropriate strain to aid in your recovery.  Things like THC and CBD content (and other life-supporting cannabinoids) should be discussed as they relate to your condition.  There are a myriad of various strains that can overwhelm patients.  Be sure you have the correct information.  Seek a second opinion to set your mind at ease.

Feel free to experiment with various strains and delivery methods (edibles, tinctures, vapor, smoke, etc) and seek professional advice.  Be sure you carry your marijuana patient identification card at all times.  Once you settle into a routine, enjoy your newfound feeling of health!  Happy Healing!

We are thrilled to watch this list grow!  There are elections in every state every year.  Some states are forced to conduct special elections because medical marijuana petitions have garnered overwhelming support!

As a result, we will try to keep this list as updated as possible.  We are eagerly looking forward to the big election cycles happening in 2012.

Here are the states that currently allow legal use of medical cannabis.

  • Alaska

  • Arizona

  • California

  • Colorado

  • District of Columbia

  • Delaware

  • Hawaii

  • Maine

  • Michigan

  • Montana

  • Nevada

  • New Jersey

  • New Mexico

  • Oregon

  • Rhode Island

  • Vermont

  • Washington

Our kudos to the efforts of the voters in these states!

Here are the states who have planned upcoming elections involving medical marijuana legalization.  Show them some support!

  • Illinois

  • Massachusetts

  • New Hampshire

  • New York

  • Ohio

  • Pennsylvania

Here are the states where ballot initiatives favorable to medical marijuana have recently failed.

  • Alabama

  • Connecticut

  • Florida

  • Idaho