Arizona Department of Health Services Approves 68 Percent of Medical Marijuana Applications on Day One

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​Thursday was the first day for hopeful medical-marijuana patients to apply for their voter-mandated medicine, and spokeswoman Laura Oxley tells New Times that the Arizona Department of Health Services approved 44 out of the 65 applications processed by 3 p.m.

The department had 110 applications for medical pot by the end of the day, but officials don't yet know exactly how many of those were approved, Oxley says.

The ADHS has the ability to process 500 applications for medical marijuana every day, so you're running out of excuses if you're a marijuana smoker.

"Workers came in at 8 a.m. to 99 applications pending, which were cleared in 90 minutes," Oxley says. "They're champing at the bit to process those applications."

The most-approved ailment as of yet is chronic pain -- cited by 37 of the applicants through mid-afternoon Thursday.

Other cited conditions from day one include cancer, HIV, glaucoma, and seizures.

To apply for medical marijuana, patients need a written certification from a licensed Arizona physician; then they must fill out the electronic form at the ADHS website and wait for approval.

Check out our handy guide to Arizona's medical marijuana law here.

The department says the reasons varied as to why the 21 applications were denied Thursday, including not attaching a photo of themselves or not listing their medical condition -- but those people can still reapply.

Applications for marijuana dispensaries won't be accepted until June.



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J Curwen
J Curwen

"The ADHS has the ability to process 500 applications for medical marijuana every day, so you're running out of excuses if you're a marijuana smoker."

You're running out of excuses unless:

1) You really don't qualify.and 2) You don't want to scam the system, and in so doing, fuck things up for people who really do need the MMJ.

Believe me, there is nothing I'd like better than a bona fide MMJ card from the state. That would save me a lot of paranoia, and potentially a lot of legal expenses and other grief. Unfortunately, I'm afraid I'll just have to continue being discrete in my behavior until the legislators here get it through their thick damned heads that across the board decriminalization is the sensible thing to do. Decrim would mean tickets galore and money rolling in for our broke state. The status quo means money for lawyers, prostitutors, narcs, private prisons, etc -- much of it at the expense of the tax payers. There is a price tag for this situation, folks!

At least the new MMJ law makes enforcement more problematic for these Prohibition Party throwbacks. That, is a GOOD thing.

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MIKE YEVTUCK
MIKE YEVTUCK

I get my pot and crank from the Hells Angels MC. they have the best and cheapest $ pot in this state and the best cooked home made angel crank in this state. HAs Cowboy and Dennis are my local HA drug connections. talk to them if you need meth or pot. if they tell you they dont sell drugs they are just being paranoid and your a rat. just remind them that HAs and1%ers are outlaw bikers and they do what they want in life.

MEDICAL PEYOTE
MEDICAL PEYOTE

or go cut free medical peyote in your local desert like I do since 1976. IDIOTS!!!

HST
HST

getting stoned is not always a nice experience. some times you can get so stoned its like a very bad acid trip. so all you pot reefer grass rookies out there beware Satan is waiting for you when you get really stoned on high grade pot. its a scary nasty trip my friends. call on god but row away from the rocks.

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Mike Yevtuck pisses on 81
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Mr Natural
Mr Natural

I was approved by natural law and nature for natural peyote and natural magic mushrooms back in 1968. society is really behind the natural laws of mother earth.

Micesimo
Micesimo

Smoking marijuana can be whatever you want it to be. If you want a reason to turn down marijuana from your friends and you're scare of the drug, it's going to effect you in such a way. If you're expecting the effects from a "very bad acid trip" you're going to feel those effects. If your mind set is in a more relaxed state you won't have these problems. Don't try and scare people away from a perfectly natural form of medicine. All of the medicine being prescribed across the nation is a scary thing my friends, not marijuana.

antirepub
antirepub

To: HSYou are a perfect example of an American idiot. When the band Green Day wrote the song American Idiot they were thinking of people like you.

J Curwen
J Curwen

I also have had anxiety reactions to pot. Specifically I've had them in the main from high end sativa strains that have had the CBD bred right out of them. Indica strains are more laid back. To each his/her own.

Normasantiago5406
Normasantiago5406

Marijuana can actually do wonders for people with anxiety disorders, so don't scare them away from trying medical marijuana for treatment of this problem. Stay away from sativa & go for the indica dominant strains. Also, go for a strain that has a lower THC level. It's not rocket science. Do a little research & find the strain that's best for you. There's usually something out there for everybody. For you few folks who truly can't handle any type of marijuana, I'm so sorry for you & your loss :' (

helentroy4
helentroy4

antirepub: I am NOT anti-marijuana or anti-medical marijuana. Basically I have no problems at all with people who need it or enjoy it.

However, what HST describes is the same reaction I have had to it. There are actually studies that have shown that some people have an absolutely horrible "trippy" reaction to marijuana. Everyone else in the room can be sitting there all mellowed out while the person who it doesn't work for can be climbing the walls, literally and figuratively. And feel real unmitigated fear inside. That's what has happened to me evey time I've tried it. And it wasn't from the same buy. Folks with anxiety disorder sometimes go into hyperdrive anxiety instead of achieving a nice mellow buzz. I returned to good old alcohol when others were smoking and that worked just fine for me. I'm probably in a real minority having this sort of horrific reaction BUT it does happen and it isn't pretty.

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