Phoenix, AZ: State health officials have made public draft regulations regarding the implementation of the state's nascent medical cannabis program. In November, a majority of voters decided in favor of Proposition 203, making Arizona the 15th state to allow for the physician-supervised use of marijuana.
The public has three weeks to comment on the proposed regulations, which must be finalized by April 13, 2011.
Full text of the draft rules are available online at: http://www.azcentral.com/ic/pdf/arizona-medical-marijuana-draft-rules.pdf. Public comments may be submitted to the state Department of Health Services from the same link.
Under the rules, state officials may license only one nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary for every ten existing pharmacies.
Neither state-authorized patients nor their caregivers may legally cultivate marijuana under the law if they reside within 25 miles of an operating dispensary.
For more information, please visit: http://stoparrestingpatients.org.