Arizona Organix in Glendale Becomes First Medical-Marijuana Dispensary Approved by State; Owners Contemplate When to Open

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Arizona Organix logo. The medical-marijuana dispensary has become the first in the state to be approved to operate by state authorities.

Arizona Organix at 5301 West Glendale Avenue has become the first medical-marijuana dispensary to be approve by the state.

Inspectors with the Arizona Department of Health Services checked the place out today and approved its certification to operate, says Will Humble, DHS director.

The store can now begin selling marijuana to qualified patients legally, under Arizona law.

Unfortunately for Arizona's 30,000-plus qualified patients, though, the store has no plan to open immediately.

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Ryan Wells, the director of Arizona Organix, says he and two other owners of the business are still trying to figure out when to begin retail operations.

As of now, the company doesn't enough product on hand to satisfy the expected high demand, Wells says.

The dispensary location has no product at all at the Glendale Avenue location, Wells maintains. Nor does it have a cultivation site set up.

Wells says he others affiliated with the new dispensary have previously been registered medical-marijuana caregivers under Arizona law, and they still have some of the weed they grew that could now be legally sold. But it doesn't make good business sense to announce an opening, only to sell out and have to close until they obtain more marijuana.

Under state law, patients and caregivers could donate marijuana to the dispensary -- but they can't be paid for it. Obviously, that's going to limit donations.

Glendale, which had previously approved the dispensary to operate within the city, doesn't allow dispensaries to cultivate in the same location as the retail sales operation.

Arizona Organix has found it difficult to nail down an off-site location due to the fears of landlords and the threat of federal action, Wells says, but the company is close to signing a deal to rent space for the growing facility.

When that happens, it will still take a few weeks (perhaps eight or more) to grow seeds into mature plants.

What this all boils down to is that "it could be anywhere between two weeks and two months" that the Glendale dispensary opens, Wells says.

Wells says he and the other owners are excited, even as they're a bit nervous over the unsettled legal questions. Not only do they have the feds to worry about, but local right-wingers who want marijuana to stay illegal have challenged Arizona's voter-approved law in court. A ruling in the case, which pits a would-be Sun City dispensary against Arizona's Attorney General, Tom Horne, and the Maricopa County Attorney, Bill Montgomery, could come any day.

Getting to this stage has been a two-year ordeal with many bumps along the way, Wells says.

"This has been such a long road for us, a lot of my feelings are pretty well dulled by this point," he says. Still, "it does feel great" to finally have gotten that state approval.

DHS is scheduled to inspect a Tucson dispensary on Tuesday.


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Rob375
Rob375

Terrible prices don't waste the drive, and when you comment on there Facebook page they delete it  instead of answering me they deleted it. All they did was mess it up for people who grow by there, now there forced to pay high prices just like the pharmaceutical companys make $. Thanks for  helping us in pain and your high prices, 250 an ounce is a max get it together PLEASE DO NOT SUPPORT THIS BUSINESS AS THEY ARE RUINING IT FOR US IN NEED!!!!!!!!!!!! 

tom10545az
tom10545az

always will grow my own,

nothing like grabbing a bud hanging on the drying line and smoking whenever

but all the "other" stuff i would like to buy...like edibles, seeds, clones, bongs, hookah, etc

 

patience, it will take time

 

PS horne and monty, why dont you all go to colorado and washington state...apparently the Feds are going to need all the "scum" they can get to arrest everybody in both states

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

Ok, two things:

 

1) Shouldn't growing be allowed until the dispensary opens?  Word is that they have nothing, and will be starting seeds any day..  So, 3 months until they have supplies?

 

2) "25 miles"???  Is that a 25 mile drive, or 25 miles as the crow flies?  There are places that are 25 miles "as the crow flies" that are a 50+ mile drive!

MandyMountain
MandyMountain

In case you missed it, those damned side screen pop ups are fucking annoying.

 

Sedonasherpa
Sedonasherpa

Don't be surprised if this was just a ploy to get the space, get the approval and sit on the license and wait for a buyer to come along double their money without a single plant sold to a PT.

DMDM
DMDM

Think for a second.  Does the equal protection under the law statues not apply to voter approved ballot initiatives?  Of course they do.  This is why we have a judicial review of the legislative branch.  You can PASS any law you want, but the courts can strike them down when they don't pass constitutional muster.  I doubt any grower will every have this law enforced on them, because as soon as someone tries, that person gains "standing" in court, having been harmed by the law.  Then its a no-brainer to find the clause unconstitutional because it gives PROTECTION to a certain group of people (rural residents) that it doesn't give to other people (urban residents).  If they never try to enforce this law, then no one will ever gain standing in court, and it will never be removed.  This way the law will have an "in terrorem" effect on naive patients, and keep them from growing.  Whoever needs defended against this law won't even have to pay for their attorney because the lawyers will VOLUNTEER to represent them and win this easy case and have it on their record of accomplishments.  Nobody needs to worry about the 25 mile no grow clause.  Its not constitutional.

MandyMountain
MandyMountain

If they don't have a cultivation site yet, it will be months before they are open. Why did the DHS then quit issuing growing permits? If they set up this week end it would be at least three months from seed to harvest and another month to dry & cure.

Thane.Eichenauer
Thane.Eichenauer

Don't blame Will Humble folks.  He is one of the few people who draw a paycheck from the State of Arizona that is obeying the law of the State of Arizona when it comes to implementing the Arizone Medical Marijuana Act (of 2010).  The 25 mile rule was part of the original initiative.  Read the actual words, search for the word "mile". 

http://stoparrestingpatients.org/home/initiative

paintballmi6
paintballmi6

Not Arizona Organix fault that they are following the law that Arizona put in place sucks you spent all your money on your grows should have bought a dispensary instead. Want to blame someone blame Will Humble who created the 25 mile law

Dontbelieveit
Dontbelieveit

Arizona organix ..you suck ! Greed is the most dangerous drug ..and YOU'RE addicted to it !

savatage69
savatage69

Thank you, greedy Arizona Organix owners. You just made a ton of people criminals. Anyone within 25 miles of you growing their own at home can be arrested now. They are forced to purchase from you and pay your outrageous prices. I hope you never get that store opened, and I will NEVER set foot in your ripoff store. FUCK OFF! (everyone else, pardon my French)

Thane.Eichenauer
Thane.Eichenauer

 @SedonasherpaOne can always assume the worst but why shouldn't they want to sell medical marijuana as soon as they are practically able? 

Thane.Eichenauer
Thane.Eichenauer

 @DMDMI advocate that all Arizona residents be able to grow any plant they want.  When it comes to constitutional laws that is up to judges and they are very capable of bending any given law to be constitutional when they feel like it (you may have heard of the US Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare, one perfect example).

 

Thane.Eichenauer
Thane.Eichenauer

 @MandyMountainNeither the law as it exists nor the regulatory and police power of the State of Arizona are perfect.  If We the People wanted a free market in marijuana we should have elected representatives that favored a solution that works (full and complete legalization which BTW was NOT what was just passed in Washington and Colorado).

 

savatage69
savatage69

I "should have bought a dispensary"? I should have had thousands to (non-refundably) deposit and maybe have been lucky enough to get a license? Wish I had thousands to throw away like you. I was not born rich and motivated by greed to make as much as I can off of sick people to provide them "medicine". I have a hard enough time paying my mortgage and putting food on the table, let alone paying through the nose for relief. I have my own little closet. I produce just enough for my wife and I. Obama said he would not be arresting patients. He didn't say anything about allowing the few that can afford to make millions off of "dispensaries" by charging ridiculous prices for something anyone can grow with some light, some water and a few salts. The knowledge is out there on the net for anyone to do just that. When the feds come and bust down your (and other dispensary owners) doors for organized crime, I'll unfortunately have to agree with their decision. Until this plant is entirely legal for all (as it should be), there are going to be traps that people will fall into. I don't wish arrest on anyone. I just don't think this should be a moneymaking venture. You want compensation for your time and materials? Fine. 80 dollars for an eighth? See the last line of my previous post!

MandyMountain
MandyMountain

 @savatage69 No, we're not criminals, yet. Cultivation permits have not been cancelled, they will simply not be renewed. Well, I'm a criminal (it's a matter of public record), but not because of my current crop. I am curious to know whether privileges will be reinstated if the new dispensary, well, goes bust for one reason or another?

paintballmi6
paintballmi6

Savatage69 It's sad because Im a dispensary owner also Im opening in Benson with medbox and its not our fault we are following arizona law and that we had the money to put up to help the patients of arizona. We didn't make the laws of the dispensarys we are simply following laws that the state made us follow. Sorry you spent a lot of money on your grow but blame will humble for his laws not Arizona Organix they are there for you.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

 @raystern That seems like it might be Humble's view, but I wonder if that's how it would stand up in court.  How is "mile" define in the law for this?

 

That could be the cause for a law suit!  The "idea" was that it would be"easy to get" with a drive of less than 25 miles.  The whole 25 mile thing is nuts, BTW!

DMDM
DMDM

 @savatage69 LOL there is that angle.  If the "in terrorem" effect keeps people from growing and everyone buys from this one dispensary, the traffic they'll see from a 25 mile radius of urban area will DEFINATELY set of the buzzer at the DEA, since they focus on large operations.  One need only read the headlines in CA and CO about big dispensary operations having every bit of property seized by the feds, when they got "too big".  The 25 mile clause may be more damaging to the dispensaries than helpful.  HA.  good one.

teknik
teknik

 @paintballmi6 me and my patients cannot afford exaggerated prices.

 

we can afford the 50$/month it actually costs to produce for us.

sliperymike
sliperymike

 @paintballmi6

 a true 1%er

 

 

most people that grow their own now,grew when it was wrong before....no changes to them

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @WhoKnows  @raystern my assumption with the courts woud be the old tried and true method of a map and a circle, not a GPS map route. i have seen all kinds of lawsuits where distance was discussed in them and it was always resolved with a map and a "RADIUS" of the argued distance. if the law you are discussing has the word RADIUS mentioned...there is no loophole argument on the distance

Thane.Eichenauer
Thane.Eichenauer

 @MandyMountain  There is plenty of risk to be had in the Arizona medical marijuana industry.  I personally hope that many dispensaries are authorized and actually operate in spite of the unlawful harassment that the state, county and federal officials might threaten to inflict.  Peaceful commerce in medical marijuana hurts nobody.

 

MandyMountain
MandyMountain

 @paintballmi6 If I were you, I'd wait to see what happens to the first couple of dispensaries before sinking more money into the venture. We have yet to see what the local, county, state, or DEA/DOJ/IRS people are going to do.

paintballmi6
paintballmi6

Listen guys Im 27 two years ago when I invested in Arizona I believed in it because I thought Arizona was doing it right. I'm 4 months behind on my rent Im about to be evicted if it wasn't for.my Church I would be. I built custom gunite swimming pools in lake havasu and spent everything I have made in my American dream to own a dispensary I was blessed enough to get a license in the lottery draw. I did this for my families best interest and Im just trying to help the sick I really don't agree with the high price in the shop but how much is a prescription drug 3 4 times the amount of an eigth? I don't agree with the 25 mile rule unfortunately its there and we have to follow. Much love to all the patients in Arizona

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