Sheila Polk Was Wrong: 16 Medical-Pot Dispensaries Now Open in AZ and Not Being Shut Down by Feds

Categories: Medical Weed

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Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk said last July that the feds would shut down medical-pot dispensaries in Arizona as they opened. With 16 dispensaries now open and more on the way, she's been proved wrong.
Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk announced in dramatic fashion last July that federal authorities would shut down every medical-marijuana dispensary in Arizona "as it opens."

Polk made the bad prediction in a letter she penned and sent to the governor after getting several other county attorneys to sign it. We checked into her assertion and reported to you at the time that Polk's claim appeared to be nonsense and was, in fact, a major exaggeration of something she'd been told by a retired drug agent.

How wrong was Polk's info?

As of today, there are 16 retail shops legally selling medical marijuana under Arizona law.

See also: Sheila Polk's Letter to Brewer Misstates AZ U.S. Attorney's Position on Medical Marijuana

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Image: www.glendalegreenhouse.com
"Tahoe OG" bud pictured in the website of a new Valley retail store called Glendale Greenhouse. About 40,000 qualified patients can buy pot legally under state law at one of 16 dispensaries now open in Arizona.
That's five more than were opened in late March, when we wrote of how the dispensary industry was taking off, finally. The first, Arizona Organix of Glendale, opened in November.

Now, there are legal weed stores for Arizona's roughly 40,000 qualified patients in Glendale, Phoenix, Mesa, Eloy, Wickenburg, Quartzsite, Globe, and many other towns and cities.

An additional 29 other shops are nearing their final inspection process, records from the Arizona Department of Health Services show, meaning those places will likely be open in a matter of weeks.

Another 25 would-be shops have requested dispensary applications but have not yet asked for inspections by DHS, the April 12 records show.

The lottery held last year by DHS granted 99 businesses the right to apply to open a dispensary in pre-planned geographic areas around the state.

Would-be pot-shop operators who won one of those "CHAA" areas in the lottery must request an inspection for their stores by DHS by June 8. Those who fail to do this will not be able to open a dispensary in the foreseeable future, and those "CHAAs" will go dark -- for a while, anyway.

Meanwhile, many "unauthorized" dispensaries, a.k.a. cannabis clubs, seem to be operating without much interference from authorities. Members of the Regulated Dispensaries of Arizona Association, have been urging law enforcement agencies to shut down the clubs, which provide marijuana for patients but aren't overseen by the state DHS. Patients may decide the issue by choosing to shop only at state-authorized dispensaries -- especially if the authorized shops can price their product more competitively.

So, Polk was wrong. Which isn't surprising considering that she exaggerated the quality of her information.

Arizona U.S. Attorney John Leonardo did not shut these legal Arizona dispensaries down as soon as they opened. Apparently, he has no imminent plans to do so.

Whether the feds ultimately do shut down Arizona's burgeoning dispensary industry is still an open question.

For now, with 16 dispensaries and many more on the way, the industry is beginning to bloom.


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Barbie MacBride
Barbie MacBride

The people in this nation already stumble around giggling and binging on junk food. Can't even form a correct sentence. You want MORE of these weed zombies ? May God forgive you and your wrongheadedness.

8675309ted
8675309ted

o heck ya use the law to eliminate the competition 

sad thing is it will probably work.

i dont know why these people are even using pot for pain control. for 20 a month they can get prescriptions to deal with their pain. 

thing is im so low income i get one of my 3 pain meds free of charge after applying to the manufacturer.

i would assume most people would also qualify for this exemption especially if they have more than one person in the household. the company allows a 1 person household to have 21k income

8675309ted
8675309ted

 there have been cases where some valley police depts have raided pot stores. so shes just wrong about who is going after them

the way to win the war on marijuans is to legalize it then the price would go so low the cartelss wouldnt make any money on it 

the medicines im given for my medical condtions are much stronger anyway 

8675309ted
8675309ted

there have been cases where some valley police depts have raided pot stores. so shes just wrong about who is going after them

the way to win the war on marijuans is to legalize it then the price would go so low the cartelss wouldnt make any money on it 

the medicines im given for my medical condtions are much stronger anyway 

the m

teknik
teknik

so now we have to pay$70.00 for an 1/8 ofanOZ when I can clear the 12 OZs me and my patients need every month for about $300.it's criminal and it ant right.

teknik
teknik

so now we have to pay$70.00 for an 1/8 ofanOZ when I can clear the 12 OSS me and my patients need every month for about $300.it's criminal and it ant right.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

My advice to Sheila Polk and everyone else who's anti-medical pot, is to just back off. Let's all see how this works out. After a few years it will become clear that limited legalization of marijuana has not led to mass insanity among the populace, upon which the local NORML folks will move to put a measure on the ballot making the dream weed fully legal for the rest of us.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

While I am glad to see they are still open, I for one am going to wait... I don't trust the feds as far as I can throw them and until it's legal at the fed level I will not get into this business.

royalphoenix
royalphoenix

No more $1,000. fees to defend simple possession charges...boo-hoo. Polk is another one who could care less about what voters want. Obviously no need to study the constitution to pass the bar exam in AZ. peace

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

It's nice to see that the will of the voters is finally, finally being enacted after years of delay, obstruction and intransigence by our state officials.

GodisLove999
GodisLove999

@Barbie MacBride  I guarantee you that there are more drunks and legal pain pill users walking around than there ever will be smoking weed.....

for an older person you are sure ignorant

jetdoc1
jetdoc1

You should check your own sentence structure before you start calling OTHERS out on theirs.

Eleanor_Holguin
Eleanor_Holguin

@Barbie MacBride Lol....are you sure they are all like that? Do you have first hand knowledge of all pot smokers behavior? Great generalization with nothing to back it up.

jetdoc1
jetdoc1

yeah.... They've got a PILL for everything now don't they? I don't understand why people just don't take THOSE! Afterall they're given to you by a Doctor! You get them from a pharmacy where medications are SUPPOSED to come from... I'm sorry y'all, I just now REALIZED how fuckin STUPID that really sounds. No offense Ted... Let me tell you WHY many people chose Cannabis to relieve their pain INSTEAD of man made Synthetic drugs that Pharmaceutical companies make. From first hand experience, I became injured at work as an Aircraft mechanic, when I fell out of a Boeing 737 (in the hangar) and subsequently had so many back surgeries that I am NO LONGER able to work and haven't been for 16 yrs now. However my PAIN levels were were to the point where SUICIDE actually became an option for me because I was only 32 y/o when this happened and I couldn't BEAR the thought of another 60's yrs of life in that much pain. That's when I was introduced to Morphine. In order to kill my pain they had me on MAD doses of Morphine because ANYTHING LESS than they were giving me and I'd get suicidal!. I was on dosages that you wouldn't give a HORSE, yet THAT was the dosage REQUIRED to relieve my pain. I can HONESTLY tell you that there are SEVERAL YEARS (16) in which I don't remember AT ALL! Then in 2011 Medical Marijuana became legal in ARIZONA. Now, like most of us, I smoked marijuana when I was younger but then LIFE happened and I had to "Grow up" and entered the Military to learn my Trade, that would support my family for YEARS to come. When REALITY set in, I was subjected to "Random Drug Tests" as an Aircraft Mechanic for a Major Airline, and it just WASN'T worth the risk. I held a Federal A&P License and there was a ZERO TOLERANCE policy toward Cannabis included in holding that license! I've endured 16 years in a Morphine Haze in which there's HONESTLY 16 yrs. I can't remember AT ALL!When Medicinal Cannabis became legal, and after the Morphine had already tried to KILL me twice, I decided it was time to try SOMETHING new that wouldn't KILL ME! Since I became a patient my SCRIPT LIFE has changed!!! I've become so much more ALERT! I'm much more AWARE, more Sociable and Personable, I LEAVE MY HOUSE! Something I haven't done for 16 years, I'm ALWAYS doing something and I'm NO LONGER IN THAT OPIOID HAZE! The thing I'm MOST happy about is that I've been able to CUT my Morphine intake by 50%... and NONE of threw above would've happened to me had it NOT been for Cannabis! I've got a Pacemaker/Defibrillator installed in my chest as a REMINDER of the DAMAGES caused by Opioid medications.Just because a Doctor gives it to you, DOES NOT mean it's SAFE! Do yourself a favor and RESEARCH the term "Efficacy of Cannabis as a Medicine" and you SHOULD see over 3 MILLION hits for that search term. That should keep you busy for a while. Ted... I'm NOT being condescending of your post I'm just pointing out the Inconsistencies and the Stereotypes that you brought into your argument from the first sentence. Now I'd like to tell you the FUCKED UP part of all this. I told you the dosages of Opioids that I was taking and the ZERO tolerance attitude of Cannabis. You're NOT going to believe this but I was ALLOWED to be AT work and doing my job while on ALL that medication in my system, but would FIRE me for Cannabis in my system? WTF? A long as I DECLARED the drugs I was taking prior to taking the Urinalysis, I was GOOD TO GO! Even if I DIDN'T declare them as long as I have a Script for them I'm GOOD TO GO.

jetdoc1
jetdoc1

yeah.... They've got a PILL for everything now don't they? I don't understand why people just don't take THOSE! Afterall they're given to you by a Doctor! You get them from a pharmacy where medications are SUPPOSED to come from...

I'm sorry y'all, I just now REALIZED how fuckin STUPID that really sounds. No offense Ted... Let me tell you WHY many people chose Cannabis to relieve their pain INSTEAD of man made Synthetic drugs that Pharmaceutical companies make. From first hand experience, I became injured at work as an Aircraft mechanic, when I fell out of a Boeing 737 (in the hangar) and subsequently had so many back surgeries that I am NO LONGER able to work and haven't been for 16 yrs now. However my PAIN levels were were to the point where SUICIDE actually became an option for me because I was only 32 y/o when this happened and I couldn't BEAR the thought of another 60's yrs of life in that much pain. That's when I was introduced to Morphine. In order to kill my pain they had me on MAD doses of Morphine because ANYTHING LESS than they were giving me and I'd get suicidal!. I was on dosages that you wouldn't give a HORSE, yet THAT was the dosage REQUIRED to relieve my pain. I can HONESTLY tell you that there are SEVERAL YEARS (16) in which I don't remember AT ALL! Then in 2011 Medical Marijuana became legal in ARIZONA. Now, like most of us, I smoked marijuana when I was younger but then LIFE happened and I had to "Grow up" and entered the Military to learn my Trade, that would support my family for YEARS to come. When REALITY set in, I was subjected to "Random Drug Tests" as an Aircraft Mechanic for a Major Airline, and it just WASN'T worth the risk. I held a Federal A&P License and there was a ZERO TOLERANCE policy toward Cannabis included in holding that license! I've endured 16 years in a Morphine Haze in which there's HONESTLY 16 yrs. I can't remember AT ALL!

When Medicinal Cannabis became legal, and after the Morphine had already tried to KILL me twice, I decided it was time to try SOMETHING new that wouldn't KILL ME! Since I became a patient my SCRIPT LIFE has changed!!! I've become so much more ALERT! I'm much more AWARE, more Sociable and Personable, I LEAVE MY HOUSE! Something I haven't done for 16 years, I'm ALWAYS doing something and I'm NO LONGER IN THAT OPIOID HAZE! The thing I'm MOST happy about is that I've been able to CUT my Morphine intake by 50%... and NONE of threw above would've happened to me had it NOT been for Cannabis! I've got a Pacemaker/Defibrillator installed in my chest as a REMINDER of the DAMAGES caused by Opioid medications.

Just because a Doctor gives it to you, DOES NOT mean it's SAFE! Do yourself a favor and RESEARCH the term "Efficacy of Cannabis as a Medicine" and you SHOULD see over 3 MILLION hits for that search term. That should keep you busy for a while. Ted... I'm NOT being condescending of your post I'm just pointing out the Inconsistencies and the Stereotypes that you brought into your argument from the first sentence.

Now I'd like to tell you threw DUCKED UP part of all this. I told you the dosages of Opioids that I was taking and the ZERO tolerance attitude of Cannabis. You're NOT going to believe this but I was ALLOWED to be AT work and doing my job while on ALL that medication in my system, but would FIRE me for Cannabis in my system? WTF? A long as I DECLARED the drugs I was taking prior to taking the Urinalysis, I was GOOD TO GO! Even if I DIDN'T declare them as long as I have a Script for them I'm GOOD TO GO.

Eleanor_Holguin
Eleanor_Holguin

@8675309ted Not everybody can take pharmaceuticals. There are things called allergies and the "medication" is deadly toxic to some people.

belinmorg
belinmorg

I live in Ohio I got caught smoking my marijuana. I was on ten mg of Opana since I had to quit due to the dea regulation for pain managent I take a urnienalis test every one to two months to make sure I have the amount that suppose to have

my dr. gave me a second chance ( been seeing him for eleven years) and now he wanted. to test me he ask is there. a problem well yea I smoke after work and right before bed so now I take sixty mg of er and one ten ir which is seventy mg and pain is not as bad but two or three days feel drunk my diagnosis is third stage corrohisis of the liver and fibrimolgy I had geno type I hep before u judge me I got stuck by a needle in a nursing home I work at the nurse on duty left a couple of needles in her bed so the marijuana helped me Ohio is trying to get it here my liver dose not work as someone else I was on a treatment

last year three months on chemo and the last month the balance was pygisis revillue (5000 mg a day) injections every Friday of pegisis and radiation I did the injection boy wish could of smoke then it was one hardest thing I have other than accepting my children passing on by SIDS in 75 and 76 but can say hep c is negative

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@teknik While I agree the MMJ pricing is way out of hand...

If you are getting 12 OZs for $300, that is criminal and it has to be the nastiest weed there is 

marcy
marcy

@j.peterson31 

One more thing, you spay a female, you neuter a male.  

She doesn't have any testicles to remove so she can't be neutered

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@Joe Abrahamson 

Decriminalization is actually a VERY bad idea. That does not mean it's legal, it just means you get a ticket instead of going to jail - aka it's a civil offense then rather than a criminal one.

Decriminalization would also expand the current black market that exists, rather than contract it, which means more pot sprayed with chemicals, or laced with other things to increase the value while decreasing the safety.

Legalize it, regulate it like any drug should be, just like alcohol, tobacco and OTC's - then it's legal per whatever rules WE put on it.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@Eleanor_Holguin @8675309ted 

also the side effects from most of the pharmaceuticals for a lot of people are extremely debilitating, whereas MJ is not 

Pretty bad when you have to take 3 other pharmaceuticals to counter the side effects of the first one

jetdoc1
jetdoc1

It costs him $300/month to GROW IT dumbass! It's actually probably some of THE BEST shit you're EVER had! $70-$85 1/8ths is highway robbery! It's sad to think that the Govt. can give me the right to grow it. Then turn around and tell these patients that they've got to PAY $70-$85 and you MUST buy it from these guys for that price even though they'd given me the right to grow 12 Zips for $300 before. That's unconstitutional at BEST!

jetdoc1
jetdoc1

How SURE are you that this bitch ain't got BALLS?

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@marcy @j.peterson31  

You are right, but are you sure about 'her' not having testicles to remove??? :)

jetdoc1
jetdoc1

@Flyer9753Thanks for playing and for showing us just how INTELLECTUALLY SUPERIOR you are to all of us. ROFLMAO If you can't grow that for $300/month, you don't KNOW what you're doing. Once your equipment is paid for, $300/month is VERY reasonable! Seriously! I'm not trying to degrade anyone, unlike yourself.  If you wanna play it that way, then MY first statement was actually sarcasm, that didn't just FLY over your head, it didn't even REGISTER in it!  You're wanting to attack my WHOLE post because of ONE word?  You should really get thicker skin. Especially if you're going to post on such PUBLIC sites!  Being an ASS, yet not contributing anything to the conversation other than your outbursts and insults, isn't really conducive to a good conversation. 


WOW.... lookie there....  a disagreement with what a poster has to say, and not ONE curse word, no NAME calling etc...  Just a reasoned response.  NOW who's the...."  Why don't you sit back, blow one and ALL that tension and aggressiveness will go away! ;)

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@jetdoc1 

Hey asshole, that's not what he said so stop assuming just so you can argue with me about it.

And it doesn't cost $300 to grow 12 ounces, I know from experience, whereas you don't know your ass from a hole in the ground clearly.

I agree with let people grow there own and that the states pricing is out of hand and said that in the first fucking sentence, if you would bother to read and comprehend, but I guess that is too much to ask of a fucking idiot like you. 

BTW - I was mainly making a joke in my comment, a joke about the unfairness of the MMJ laws, but clearly that was over your low brow head.

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