Medical Marijuana Rules Finalized In Arizona, Washington, DC

Regulations have been finalized to allow for the sanctioned-use and dispensing of medical cannabis in two more regions of the country: Arizona and in the nation’s capitol, Washington, DC.
In Arizona, representatives from the Arizona Department of Health Services have approved rules governing the state’s soon-to-be-implemented Arizona Medical Marijuana Program. Voters directed the state to approve regulations regarding the use and distribution of medicinal marijuana in November when they decided in favor of Proposition 203 — making Arizona the fifteenth state since 1996 to legalize the physician-authorized use of cannabis. Program rules, physician certification forms, and answers to frequently asked questions are all available online from the Arizona Department of Health Services here.
Arizona patients may begin qualifying for the program next week, and dispensary applications will be accepted beginning June 1. All patients initially approved by the state will have the option to cultivate their own marijuana. However, patients who reside within 25 miles of a state-licensed dispensary will lose this option once such facilities are up and running later this fall.
In the District of Columbia, city leaders have finally signed off on long-awaited rules regulating patients’ use and access to cannabis. Those rules are expected to take effect April 15. The just-finalized regulations will permit D.C. officials to allow as many as ten cultivation centers and five dispensaries in the District. Permit applications are anticipated to be available by April 17.
The forthcoming rules implement facets of I-59, the Legalization of Marijuana for Medical Treatment Initiative, a 1998 municipal ballot measure which garnered 69 percent of the vote yet was never implemented. Under the new regulations, qualifying D.C. patients will be able to obtain medical cannabis at licensed dispensaries, but will not be permitted under the law to grow their own medicine.
Washington DC’s forthcoming program is limited to residents of the District of Columbia and is not reflective of any broader change in federal policy.
Additional information on these and other state medical marijuana programs is available from the NORML website here.

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  1. The prohibitionist started the meeting off with this remark:
    “Sit down – shut up – pay attention – or get the fuck out! What are you – stupid?”
    If you are an American – guess what your reply is? – Right!
    “Stand up – speak out – say what you mean and mean what you say! And to answer your question – Ya! – stupid if I listen to a word you have to say. So! – Just take your puny little act down the road!

  2. The Mayor of the District of Columbia, Vincent Gray, has not signed the final implementing regulations, rather he says they will be signed and published on April 15th.

  3. not being permitted to grow one’s own is a bummer but hopefully that will come along eventually, as we do not know what the dispensaries will be putting into it, or taking out of it

  4. Paul (or anybody that knows)
    Do these regulations protect the medical marijuana patient in the work place. IE: the recent Walmart firings.
    You can take all the Vicodin you want, Zanx hey no problem there; but dont you dare smoke a dobbie
    [Editor’s note: Arizona and D.C’s medical cannabis laws, like other ‘medical’ states, do not afford legal protections against companies and governments that want to fire patients with recommendations, for example, for failing a drug screen.
    The rationale cited by the supreme courts in CA, OR and MI: Cannabis is still illegal under federal law…many of these companies do business in all 50 states…cannabis is still illegal under international law, many of these companies do business around the world…]

  5. All I can say about this is “AWESOME”!!!! I wish that could happen here in Missouri and Kansas!
    I love Pot!!

  6. Many think that being a Genesist requires a Declaration of Faith. This is not necessarily so. If one believes in God and God’s Sacrament, one is by definition – a Genesists [One believing in God and God’s Sacrament], as one is by definition a male or a female by having a penis or a vagina – or – by one being an American having been born in America. Yes! – it is a label [definition] – but – good label – one to be proud of. However – a personal Declaration of Faith distinguishes a Genesist as one honoring the Faith with devotion – as an inclusion of Faith – within whatever monotheistic religion one practices, i.e., a Protestant, Catholic, or Jewish – Genesist.
    The Genesist Faith does not attempt to convince anyone to believe in God, honor our Sacrament, or proselytize them from their chosen religion, denomination, or ism. If however, any individual does, by their own admission and volition, believe in God, and God’s gift of Sacrament, the Genesist Faith offers that individual an affirmative religious use defense which becomes increasingly more defendable by it’s congregation’s aggregate of believers [brethren] – “standing as one continually.”
    It is the Genesist’s objective, intent and purpose for brethren throughout the world to find each other and “stand as one continually,” acting formidably, as one “unified” religious family, to protect the rights of us all, as individuals, and to act against aggression directed at our Constitutional, God given, unalienable religious right of Sacrament. Our strength is in the unity of our purpose. To that high concept there can be no end save victory.

  7. So, our ingenious leaders will look out their capital office windows and see plumes of pot smoke? Maybe they’ll get the message.

  8. What the hell does #10 above have to do with this blog post?
    We certainly do attract some strange people.

  9. Well, it’s a start…a fearful, ignorant, overly restrictive and unnecessarily expensive start. Outdoor growing, the cheapest, easiest way to grow, is not going to happen because of the 10-foot concrete wall requirement.
    At least doctors will be allowed to tell patients that this is a non-toxic plant that is impossible to overdose on. A patient might ask, “Then why all the fuss and expense to use it?” But that question should be addressed to the legislators.

  10. Also, I hope Washington D.C. develops some sort of big event full of 10,000 + pot smokers who smoke their (legal) weed outside federal buildings or something on 420. Sorta like a Boulder type tradition.

  11. #10,.. Seriously? Stand as one? Genesis? Who wants to hear your self righteous religious rant? We are talking about Medical Marijuana,.. Not Religion, Not Politics, Not ….. Not ….

  12. @21
    May I presume you wonder and do not undersdtand…….
    # 3141 – Brethren of the Genesist Faith Says:
    April 7th, 2011 at 9:47 pm
    Many think that being a Genesist requires a Declaration of Faith. This is not necessarily so. If one believes in God and God’s Sacrament, one is by definition – a Genesists [One believing in God and God’s Sacrament], as one is by definition a male or a female by having a penis or a vagina – or – by one being an American having been born in America. Yes! – it is a label [definition] – but – good label – one to be proud of. However – a personal Declaration of Faith distinguishes a Genesist as one honoring the Faith with devotion – as an inclusion of Faith – within whatever monotheistic religion one practices, i.e., a Protestant, Catholic, or Jewish – Genesist.
    The Genesist Faith does not attempt to convince anyone to believe in God, honor our Sacrament, or proselytize them from their chosen religion, denomination, or ism. If however, any individual does, by their own admission and volition, believe in God, and God’s gift of Sacrament, the Genesist Faith offers that individual an affirmative religious use defense which becomes increasingly more defendable by it’s congregation’s aggregate of believers [brethren] – “standing as one continually.”
    It is the Genesist’s objective, intent and purpose for brethren throughout the world to find each other and “stand as one continually,” acting formidably, as one “unified” religious family, to protect the rights of us all, as individuals, and to act against aggression directed at our Constitutional, God given, unalienable religious right of Sacrament. Our strength is in the unity of our purpose. To that high concept there can be no end save victory.
    I PRAY

  13. now if only we could get President Obama to lay off medical marijuana states like he promised. ive heard that montana revoked their law? but its great to see so many medical marijuana states. slowly but sure the walls of prohibition are falling!
    [Paul Armentano responds: The fate of Montana’s repeal bill is now in the hands of the Governor. Please call the office of the Governor and urge him to veto this measure:
    Governor Brian D. Schweitzer
    Office of the Governor
    Montana State Capitol Bldg.
    P.O. Box 200801
    Helena MT 59620-0801
    (406) 444-3111, FAX (406) 444-5529
    You can also e-mail him via NORML’s ‘Take Action Center’ here:
    http://www.capwiz.com/norml2/issues/alert/?alertid=39086501.%5D

  14. 21. Keith Stroup
    26. Travis
    Genesists are defending the religious use of our Sacrament. We are also defending the medicinal use of our Sacrament through Genesis Inner Faith Constituency (Collective).
    Keith: If that makes us strange people – so be it and proud of it!
    Travis: Genesists are hardly self righteous and neither do we rant. To answer your question – “Who wants to read it?” – those who believe in God and God’s Sacrament – that’s who! Believe it or not – there are those in this world besides you. If you don’t want to read it – “Just scroll on by!” We defend religious and medicinal use with everything we’ve got or can get – and – if you don’t like it – tough! “Virtually everything is politics – religious or secular.” If you object to that – object away.

  15. Quit crying about who is doing what, the main objective is legalizing marijuana. Starting to sound like the fed’s. Who cares as long as their for cannibus because everyone has a say. So let’s all focus on the real topic ( legal medicinal marijuana for those of us who need it.)

  16. Cannabis shall Forever Be Free
    Cannabis is part of The Mystery
    Have you wondered, in your dreams, I Pray, for my only soul, I Pray

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