Arizona Accepting Medical Marijuana Dispensary Applications

 by lucy

Voters approved the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act in 2010, but their dispensary system has faced a number of speed bumps along the way.  Delays have come from lawsuits, time required for rule making, and concerns over federal actions against medical marijuana businesses in other states.  All setbacks aside, the state is now beginning to accept applications for medical marijuana dispensaries.  Applications will be accepted from today, May 14th, through Friday, May 25th.  This gives hopeful collective owners only 10 working days to get their application in order and submitted.

The application process is not a simple one.  Hopeful business owners have to full out a 4 page application and meet a long list of criteria.  The criteria include plans for safety and security at the collective, a location within the proper zoning limits, an age requirement of 21 years, and no felonies on your criminal record.

In addition, collectives must also submit a business plan demonstrating that they understand how they will run their business as a non-profit, obtain a letter that shows they’re in compliance with zoning laws, and hire a licensed physician to be their medical director.

In addition to the hoops that potential collective owners must jump through, they are also required to pay a $5,000 application fee.   Only $1,000 of that fee is refundable should your business not be selected to receive a license.  Individuals who can demonstrate that they have over $150,000 funding in the bank will be given preference when applications are reviewed.

The state can accept a maximum of 126 collectives to receive business licenses, but it is not mandatory that they accept that many if there are not enough qualified applicants.  As this is the first day that applications can be submitted, it is unclear how many hopeful marijuana-business owners are out there.  However, it is expected that competition will be relatively high.



8 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

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    Bobbyjoe42 said on May 14, 2012

    4 pages isn't THAT bad…. Make it seem harder than it is maybe it will weed out all the scumbags

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      Tokeahontas said on May 14, 2012

      True! But they also have to have proof of all the things they have listed in their app, like signed off zoning approvals, security plans in place, proof of having hired a doctor to be on their staff, etc. They're definitely working to make the system as legit as possible, which will definitely help them in the long run.

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    AZDank420 said on May 15, 2012

    The "hoops" aren't that bad. Whats bad is only rich fucks have a shot at opening a dispensary. Basically if you have over $300,000 Extra cash for a dispensary you can get one. The rest of us have to open delivery services.
    So i assume a bunch of rich north scottsdale folks will have the best shot at getting these… As long as they open good dispensary's: Dank bud, fair prices, some wax, and wide variety. then I dont really care. But right now we have 2 or 3 clubs with legit bud. and those are overpriced with 70$ 8ths.

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      lucy said on May 16, 2012

      Hopefully the addition of a bunch of new collectives will help get the prices down. Those clubs that are charging $70 for eighths will quickly see all of their patients go elsewhere.

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        AZDank420 said on May 16, 2012

        But thats if, and a `big IF, These new collectives don't do the same exact thing. I mean people are in it to make money… I dont know if were gonna see an awesome NUGGETRY type collective in the valley for a few years. But I'm hoping brighter people win their collectives.

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    Elvers said on May 15, 2012

    that in the long run is going to cost more money just for the Dr. being on the premises.let alone what there going to charge for the medicine.

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    app25 said on May 16, 2012

    Arizona is shit, we will send some guys down from Colorado to make sure we dont have another "profiling law" incident….

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