clarification of operating dispensary
As it is apparent the first medical marijuana dispensary has been inspected and approved for operation by the department of health services this past week. The day after approval to operate the director Will Humble publicly announced that patients living within 25 miles of the dispensary shall be denied authorization to cultivate upon renewal of their application as well as any new patients. However the dispensary Arizona Organix located in Glendale Arizona is not operating nor are they open and dispnesing medicine to patients. This is quite a problem for many patients and frankly could be argued as an improper interpretation of the law being used to deny patients fair and safe access as the law is written right now. At best this is a gross violation of the spirit of the law and at worst an outright attempt from the state to sabatoge the entire program. So I speak now for many patients who stand behind me as well as those whom can not stand for themselves in demanding a clarification and resolution to this problem. If the state does not help resolve this issue, there is a concerted effort under way to take this to the courts. Thank you very much for you time in reading this and we look forward to your response.
Thanks for sharing your opinion. We aren’t going to consider a dispensary to be operating until they open for business.
Please dont turn Medical cannabis into big Pharma! You hill have filthy rich people monopolizing the legal supply, and the price will skyrocket, sending people back to the black market, which is what we want to avoid in the first place!
Everyone should have the right to grow this medicinal plant on their property. Pleasse get rid of the 25-mile rule and let patients decide who they want to supply them.
Thank you for your feedback page, and all your efforts of behalf of the MMJ program. I think you have done a wonderful job with it, but this is the fly in the ointment - this 25 mile rule.
PLEASE LET PATIENTS HAVE A CHOICE!
I am a cancer patient who does not wish to be forced to buy my meds from a dispensary when I should have the basic human right to cultivate my own for medicinal purposes. The production of medical marijuana is largely unregulated and I do not know what harmful chemicals or pesticides may be present in a product that is produced solely for profit. By cultivating my own, I can control the omission of chemicals in my medicine. I also do not wish to be forced to drive 25 miles, only to be gouged by a market that is limited in competition when I could save hundreds of dollars a month producing my own. Please do not allow the 25 mile rule to go into effect.
Steven Woodward commented
Cost to grow an oz of meds $35. Cost to buy an oz of meds from a dispensary $190-$450 oz! End the 25 mile rule! I have 3 ruptured discs in my back. I need medical marijuana for pain relief. I make $450 a month (disability payment) I cannot afford to buy medical marijuana from a dispensary.
I would like to obtain my medicine from my caregiver but can't renew my license because a dispensary has been approved but isn't even open.
Why is Az the only medicinal state that has the "25 mile grow rule". I feel the other states do have the patients best interest at heart. There are many patients who cannot afford to pay for medication. Thus the grow your own portion of the law.
Essentially as there is only one approved Dispensary so far and revoking all of the "rights to grow" for patients within 25 miles forces ALL of the potential dispensary patients to have to use just one dispensary..the only one approved. This is a blatant monopoly...and this approved site is not even open nor plans to open for a while. Absurd state of affairs and hardly how voters envisioned this program to work.
How many patients are willing to spend their extra time, energy and money helping fight this monopoly which is illegal, unconstitutional and will force the patients of Arizona to obtain their medicine from dispensaries who will be charging double, if not triple the cost ???
This is the time we must ALL pool our resources, time and energy and fight this daily.
Spread the word to ALL. We are the patients this law was suppose to help. The greedy, corporate dispensary thugs had their attorneys write the Prop 203 law, sneakily included the 25 Mile Rule, with one single purpose, to create a monopoly and the only victims are WE THE PATIENTS.
TIME TO FIGHT FOR OUR RIGHT TO CULTIVATE OUR OWN MED'S, OR HAVE OUR FELLOW PATIENTS SHARE THEIR EXCESS MED'S WITH US. WHO CAN AFFORD $500 OR $600 AN OUNCE ?
DO NOT PATRONIZE THE GLENDALE DISPENSARY, OR ANY DISPENSARY. JOIN NORML, LEARN HOW YOU CAN HELP US BEAT THESE GREEDY DISPENSARY OWNERS.
Az Cannabis Patient commented
To all Arizonians who are medical marijuana patients please vow to not recognize an unconstitutional law - ARS 36-2804.02(A)(3)(f) is Null & Void, Hardison v Gledhill 72 Ga.App. 432, 33 S.E.2d 921.
The 25 mile “rule” will have to be declared UnConstituional since it clearly violates the "Equal Protection Clause" of both the Arizona and US Constitutions’, by granting a privilege (home growing) to some citizens (where no Dispensary exists) and denying the same privilege to other citizens (living within 25 miles of a Dispensary).
Arizona MMJ Community Clinics commented
^^^^@VetMMJPatient - That's not true about ADHS. They DO have a mechanism to know if a dispensary is operating. All sales must be logged in their database to prevent patients from going to dispensary A and buying the max 2.5 ounces and then running down the street to dispensary B to buy more. All ADHS has to do to determine if a dispensary is actually operating is run a query on their database for that dispensary to see if there's been any transactions.
25 MILES WHAT ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO CANT DRIVE TO OLD AND SICK AND DONT TRUST SOME YOUNG GUN ON A SCOOTER TO COME IN THERE HOME
There is no mechanism to let the ADHS know when the dispensaries are opened for business except for when they issue the Approval to Operate. So they should get off their **** and realize they halted and manipulated this law the whole time and now it won’t be any different. They should ask the dispensary or an opening day so that then they could cut off everyone in the 25 mile rule! We need a real campaign to get rid of that portion of the law since we have no friends in the legislature to handle the real people’s buisness!
AZ VET commented
Will Humble you need to retract your stupid statement, Approval to operate and open for business are not the same thing, Check the regulations, that you wrote by the way. QUIT WORKING AGINST THE PATIENTS OF THIS STATE!
The 25 mile rule is unconstitutional because it gives the dispensary owners a MONOPOLY which is illegal.
D. Cassidy commented
Would like to add...
Websters definition of operating
1.used or engaged in performing operations: an operating surgeon.
2.of, for, or pertaining to operations: an operating budget.
3.of or pertaining to the proper operation of a machine, appliance, etc.: a manual of operating instructions.
4.Railroads . of, pertaining, or belonging to railroad workers, as engineers or firemen, who are directly engaged in the mechanical operation of trains: an operating union.
How does an approval to operate correlate to an actual operating dispensary defined by ARS 36-2801(11)?