Medical Marijuana Dispensary Lottery Coming Tuesday, and Will Be Streamed Live Online

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If you follow Arizona's medical marijuana program as closely as sports fans follow their teams, this one's for you -- the dispensary lottery will be streaming live online Tuesday.

The applicants have different odds of obtaining the approval to start up a dispensary on "Selection Tuesday," as there are various amounts of applicants in each of the 126 regions, called "Community Health Analysis Areas."

According to Arizona Department of Health Services Director Will Humble's blog, there were applicants in 99 of the 126 regions. Of those 99 regions, Humble approximates 75 of them had two or more applicants, which will be subject to the lottery.

Therefore, 387 of the 486 people who applied for the chance to run a dispensary will come out as losers on Tuesday if their ball doesn't come out of the device known as the "Atom Action Bubble Top Bingo Blower."

The lottery itself is closed to the public, so streaming it online is just about the only way to alleviate the concerns of people thinking the fix is in.

The state health department can't identify which person represents which number in the lottery, so you'd have to know an applicant's number -- or be the applicant -- to see if they've won.

Here's how it's going down, according to Humble's explanation:

We'll be using a device that blows balls inside of a clear cage to randomly select the successful applicant in each CHAA. Applicants will be assigned a random code in advance... and the person with the code that matches the ball that blows into the chamber will be allocated a Registration Certificate. We'll repeat this process for each of the competitive CHAAs. The process will be webcast live on a URL that we identify a few days before August 7. The Act doesn't allow us to identify the successful applicants by name or even business name publicly- so the live announcement will be made using the code that only the applicants will have. Each applicant will receive their unique identifier electronically so they'll know whether they won their CHAA drawing via the webcast. The Certificates will be mailed later that day.

Everyone who's selected for a "Dispensary Registration Certificate" has about a year to get their joint ready for operation, Humble says.

Compassion First -- which has been involved in some of the litigation involving the state's medical marijuana program -- is the group setting up the broadcast.

You can watch the lottery starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday by clicking here, or, if you're just reading this the day of, you can watch it below:

Watch live streaming video from azdhs at

You can watch the recording after the fact when it's posted on the ADHS dispensary website.

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Gm Donkey.

Out of the hospital, FINALLY !!!

DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... fools rush in ...


HipTip -- more wanna-be MedPot Millionaires have gone bankrupt in Colorado than have turned any legit profit.


Early 2010 there were over 1000 dispensaries, now there are only 450 left, and many of those are hemorrhaging $$$ ,  wishing they had never invested their life savings on this sucker's bet. Many lost $100s of thousands, others barely breaking even.


The State extorted over $10 MILLION in non-refundable application and licensing fees from the dispensaries, then the Cities and Counties jumped in and bled them for even more $$$, -- while piling on 100s of pages of unworkable, impossible, arbitrary and costly rules and regulations, further insuring their doom. After more than 2 years of waiting, and paying, the State has issued fewer than 100 licenses for dispensaries, yet keeps charging the suckers annual fees.


Fact is, under the SHAM and FRAUD that is "medical" marijuana, the vast majority of "patients" are merely recreational stoners abusing the pretense of medical necessity, and as such more than 50% of them GROW THEIR OWN, or have a private caregiver grow for them.


Only a tiny minority of elderly patients with no personal connections would ever shop at an over-priced, over-taxed, privacy invading, over-regulated, retail dispensary, leaving a paltry legit customer base of less than 75 patients per dispensary, on average.


Arizona = Colorado redux = Epic Fail!





I believe that medical marijuana should not be a crime if the rules are followed.


Does anyone have the dollar $ amount that each applicant posted up,

that is non-refundable, whether drawn, or not drawn?

So, let's see,

that would be,


multiplied by,

387 losers (of the drawing, nothing personal)

equals =??

a boatload of money!!!


Follow the money, folks!

As Always.


The whole history of medical marijuana in this state is about blowing balls.



Couldn't have put it better myself, Hotay my friend.

I too, had visions of $$$$$ from the cultivating trade.

( I post a past harvest in my profile. )

I learned quickly my dreams of having my body put back together bionically, were just that, dreams.

I shut down long before it became an issue. Especially when I'm getting oz's for between $125-$150. At that price, it's not worth all the work. Especially for my crippled ass !

The worst thing about the dispensaries are the STUPID F@CK*NG commercials !!!


not to mention,

a WHOLE year of NO dispensaries for cardholders,

at $150 a pop.

since the State didn't provide access to medicine, for a year,

shouldn't that years' dues, ($150)

be refunded?




 @wyldkatt Pretty much what Teknik said. I went to an MMJ farmers' market yesterday and saw all manner of cannabis available. There is plenty of access. In fact there may be better access now than there will be after dispensaries open.


 @wyldkatt if you are not finding legitimate places to obtain medicine you're doing something wrong.


I suggest you find yourself a caregiver.

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Yep -- Greedy Big $$ Dispensary Clowns DESTROYED the MMJ system in Colorado.

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