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. I am surprised to see such intolerance from marijuana supporters. Genesists are on the same side. Remember PEACE and LOVE?

  2. 52. allove
    The American Genesist is all about PEACE AND LOVE – that’s what we preach, that’s the fundamental tenet of our Faith – but – when you speak of intolerance, perhaps you should recognize the “absolute intolerance” of the prohibitionists in this government, and the unspeakable atrocities they have committed against PEACE LOVING people. After all – we only have four cheeks. They have slapped both cheeks on our faces, and kicked both cheeks on our asses – and – anything else they can kick including our dog.
    Allove – we totally understand your belief and concern – but – there comes a time when you just “have to defend” yourself and what you believe in – and – when that time comes – as it has now – you’re left with no other choice – as you are doing. Remember – they threw the first punch, and drew first blood. That isn’t what we wanted – but – that’s what we got. By the way – where do you stand on prohibiting Sacraments?
    Peace be with you my brother

  3. Rebel with a Cause. Says:
    April 7th, 2011 at 5:42 pm
    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!
    Timothy Leary said: Turn On, Tune In, Dropout

  4. I have severe damage to my sciatic nerve of my right leg
    due to a fall which required surgery to repair but the nerve could remain damaged forever. I live with intense pain and require continued use of hydocodone. I fear the long term use will harm my organs and if I’m going to consigned to this fate I want something natural. The question is; Is AZ ready to begin legal dispensing of medical marijuana and have all the road blocks been resolved?

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