Map Your Medical Marijuana Dispensary; State Wants to Allow One Medical Pot Shop Per "Health Analysis Area"

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​Arbitrary locations around the state created in 2005 by the state Department of Health Services will help guide where medical marijuana stores will go.

The state agency created the "Community Health Analysis Areas" in 2005 for other purposes, but has found them useful in rolling out the new medical marijuana system that Arizona voters approved in November.

If you want to own and operate a dispensary, or you just want to know the chances of one opening near you, check the DHS map to see the suggested geographical limitations.

As we mentioned in our earlier blog post today, the DHS proposes to allow one dispensary per "CHAA," and will randomly selected from among qualified applicants who want to operate in the same area.


The areas are fairly large. Only one CHAA covers north Tempe, for example, which would mean dispensaries would be outnumbered by head shops in the area near Arizona State University by about five to one.

Below is a cut-and-paste of central Valley CHAAs.


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Map of areas that would be allowed to contain one medical marijuana dispensary each under the latest proposed rules.

Get one now, while they're hot.



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This is just a way for the health department to blanket the entire state with "25 mile" halos, which is supposed to limit the number of people growing. Humble already said he doesnt like the thought of people growing. Because of house fires, and added crime. Well in my opinion, I dont think he has that legal right, and I have an issue with the way he's going about implementing the locations of the proposed dispensaries. People dont realize.... no person should be forced to purchase from a dispensary. Its a forced monopoly. Patients should have a desicion wether to grow their own plants. Or utilize the dispensary if they want. The way this law was written it puts the money into the hands of the "nonprofit" dispensary. When really it should benefit the patients more than anything. Lets see.. how can we block everyone from growing their own "low cost" medicine, and force them to use a "nonprofit" dispensary? We come up with a map that puts the entire state under mulitple 25 mile halos. Its not the health departments job to tell people where they can have a business. Most of the cities have already put out their zoning regulations.


A 2007 study, performed at Harvard University (yes, that Havard) by Anju Preet, PhD and the Division of Experimental Medicine, is further evidence that supports the study performed by Donald Tashkin, M.D. (reported in Toke January 27) originally published in 2005, indicating that THC appears not to start or promote lung cancer, and if anything, appears to slow or stop lung cancer.

In other words, THC, marijuana's main active ingredient, appears to have anti-tumor effects!

The bastards that made this wonderful plant illegal should be rotting in hell!

Hear that down there William Randolph Hearst! Hope they're shoving alcohol up your bum and denying you the relief of this herb you so selfishly trashed.

Brandt Hardin
Brandt Hardin

Marijuana is the safest drug with actual benefits for the user as opposed to alcohol which is dangerous, causes addiction, birth defects, and affects literally every organ in the body. Groups are organizing all over the country to speak their minds on reforming pot laws. I drew up a very cool poster for the cause which you can check out on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot... Drop in and let me know what you think!

Charles Ward
Charles Ward

I'm wondering how many places will actually be able to sustain a dispensary economically? My first guess it that they might be viable in metro Phoenix, Tucson, and Flagstaff. Other than that with as restrictive as the patient definitions are, and as expensive as it will be to comply with state regulations, how could any of the myriad smaller towns even have a single viable dispensary?

J Curwen
J Curwen

Remember, those 25 mile "halos" have to have a dispensary at the center. There are plenty of places where no dispensary will be able to run without going broke because of the confluence of strict dispensary regulations, strict patient qualifications, and low population density. Those halos probably seemed like a great idea to some bureaucrats who had no clue about what it takes to run such a business.

Want to piss some money away? Open a legal dispensary in some small town like Page or Show Low.

Charles Ward
Charles Ward

You might as well quote Prett himself. Here's a link to his poster presentation abstract:http://www.aacrmeetingabstract...

Note, that's not a published, peer-reviewed paper. It's an abstract of a presentation given at a conference. This wasn't published as a paper; check Google Scholar.

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