Medical-Marijuana Dispensary Won't Trigger 25-Mile Cultivation Ban Just Yet, DHS Decides; Arizona Organix is Approved, but Not Open
Image: www.weedsthatplease.com New medical-marijuana patients in Arizona can still obtain the privilege to grow 12 of these, at least for a little while longer.
No need to put away the fluorescent bulbs just yet:
It turns out that Arizona first state-authorized medical-marijuana dispensary won't trigger a ban on patient and caregiver grow-rooms, at least in the short term.
The state Department of Health Services has granted a "short delay in the effective date for their Operating License in order to ensure that things run smoothly when they officially begin operations," writes DHS Director Will Humble this afternoon in his blog.
The length of the delay wasn't specified, but for now, new and renewing patients filing applications with the state to legally possess marijuana will still be allowed growing privileges.
The approval of Arizona Organix by state Department of Health Services inspectors on Thursday meant the dispensary could immediately begin selling marijuana to qualified patients under the state's 2010 medical-pot law. As Humble reminded the public last week, the voter-approved law prohibits patients and caregivers from growing weed if a dispensary is within 25 miles.
"Beginning tomorrow we'll be declining new 'requests to cultivate' among new cardholders in most of the metro area..." Humble wrote on November 15. Existing patients with grow rights who were within the exclusion zone would be able to keep the lights on until their annual registration cards came up for renewal.
The "25-mile rule" in the law was meant to ease the concerns of some members of the public who fear the proliferation of small, indoor pot farms.