In a continued effort to educate Utah lawmakers about the benefits of medicinal cannabis, the grassroots organization UtahCARE intends to send the following information after the first of the year as a part of the new campaign to legalize cannabis through Utah.
Ballot Proposition 203, the "Arizona Medical Marijuana Act" was approved November 2, 2010 by 50.13% of voters and allows registered qualifying patients (who must have a physician's written certification that they have been diagnosed with a debilitating condition and that they would likely receive benefit from marijuana) to obtain marijuana from a registered nonprofit dispensary, and to possess and use medical marijuana to treat the condition.
The ballot required the Arizona Department of Health Services to establish a registration and renewal application system for patients and nonprofit dispensaries as well as a web-based verification system for law enforcement and dispensaries to verify registry identification cards. It also allows certification of a number of dispensaries not to exceed 10% of the number of pharmacies in the state (which would cap the number of dispensaries at approximately 124).
The ballot also specified that a registered patient's use of medical marijuana is to be considered equivalent to the use of any other medication under the direction of a physician and does not disqualify a patient from medical care, including organ transplants.
In addition, it specifies that employers may not discriminate against registered patients unless that employer would lose money or licensing under federal law. Employers also may not penalize registered patients solely for testing positive for marijuana in drug tests, although the law does not authorize patients to use, possess, or be impaired by marijuana on the employment premises or during the hours of employment.
Approved conditions for medical marijuana in Arizona include cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, ALS, Crohn's disease, Alzheimer's disease, cachexia or wasting syndrome, severe and chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures (including epilepsy), severe or persistent muscle spasms (including Multiple Sclerosis).
Qualified patients or their registered designated caregivers may obtain up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana in a 14-day period from a registered nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary. If the patient lives more than 25 miles from the nearest dispensary, the patient or caregiver may cultivate up to 12 marijuana plants in an enclosed, locked facility.
On April 11, 2012, the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) announced the revised rule for regulating medical marijuana and set the application dates for May 14 through May 25.
On November 15, 2012, the first dispensary was awarded "approval to operate."
ADHS Director Will Humble stated on his blog that,
"[W]e’ll be declining new 'requests to cultivate' among new cardholders in most of the metro area… because self-grow (12 plants) is only allowed when the patient lives more than 25 miles from the nearest dispensary. The vast majority of the Valley is within 25 miles of this new dispensary."
On December 6, 2012, the state's first dispensary, Arizona Organix, opened in Glendale.
Senate Bill 1443 was signed by Governor Janice Brewer on May 7, 2013 which specified the prohibition to possess or use marijuana on a post-secondary educational institution campus does not apply to medical research projects involving marijuana that are conducted on the campus, as authorized by applicable federal approvals and on approval of the applicable university institutional review board.
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