Arizona Medical Marijuana Update
A closer look at how Arizona dispensary registration certificates will be allocated and awarded by ADHS to medical marijuana dispensary applicants.
March 28, 2011 News Post
Article by: James Novak, Phoenix DUI and Criminal Defense Attorney
According to announcements made on ADHS website, the first issuances of for registration of dispensary certificates will begin in May 2011. They will be allocated according on the basis of what is known as the “Community Health Analysis Areas (CHAAs)”. The CHAAs were created six years ago. They are community-based locations made up of small geographic areas. These areas were designated as units. Although smaller in geographic locations, they are large enough in population to base a statistical analysis.
The ADHS will initially award dispensary registration certificates as outlined in R9-17-302 of the final draft rules and regulations. Here’s what we know:
1) In the event there is only one “complete and compliant application” received for medical marijuana dispensary in a particular CHAA, that dispensary applicant will be awarded a certificate without contents.
2) However, if more than one compliant application is received by ADHS for a dispensary in the same CHAA area, they will “randomly” award the certificate to one of the two or more dispensary applicants. That choice will be made in a public forum to be held at a later scheduled date in the summer of 2011.
A medical marijuana dispensary applicant who has been awarded a registration certificate must obtain approval from the ADHS to operate as a dispensary prior to beginning operations. The application procedures for the approval of the dispensary operations are outlined in section R9-17-304 of the final draft rules.
Refer to the Arizona Department of Health Services Official Website for latest news and expanded information http://www.azdhs.gov/prop203/calendar.htm .
News Source: Official ADHS Website