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Arizona Gets New Medical Cannabis Law

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Arizona Gets New Medical Cannabis Law

In a contest even closer than Californias AG race, Arizonas Proposition 203 has passed by a razor-thin margin of just 0.2%, making it the 15th state with tangible protections for medical cannabis patients. This is the third time Arizona voters have passed initiatives aimed at removing criminal penalties for patients, but the previous measures were marred by language that made them unworkable.

Arizonas new law is detailed in its provisions for which patients are eligible for the program and how they are to obtain the cannabis their doctors recommend.

Up to 124 dispensaries for medical cannabis, which will be required to grow the medicine they distribute, are to be established throughout the state, with at least one in each county. Patients living within 25 miles of a dispensary will be required to use it to obtain the up to 2.5 ounces they are permitted to possess.

Those who live farther away will be allowed to cultivate up to 12 plants in a secure area and share it with other patients or dispensaries for free. Caregivers will be limited to no more than 5 patients and can receive reimbursement only for actual expenses, not labor or other services.

Among the provisions that set Arizona apart from other medical cannabis states is their recognition of out-of-state patient recommendations. Anyone with a doctors recommendation will be permitted to possess and use cannabis, though they will not be allowed to purchase it in the states dispensaries.

Arizonas new law also includes explicit workplace and housing protections for patients. Schools, landlords and employers will not be able to discriminate against medical cannabis users. No one will be entitled to drive or report for work while impaired, but a positive drug test will no longer be grounds for denying or terminating employment for patients. Patients parental rights will also be protected, and medical treatments such as organ transplants can no longer be denied solely because a person uses cannabis therapeutically.

While Arizonas latest medical cannabis law seems to have anticipated the legal stumbling blocks that prevented previous measures from taking effect, the states lawyers may be unable to help anyone navigate the law. The ethics counsel for the State Bar of Arizona has said that attorneys who provide advice on how to comply with state provisions will be breaking an ethics rule that prohibits them from assisting anyone with criminal conduct. Since all use of cannabis remains illegal under federal law, discussion of the states medical law is out of bounds as far as the state bar is concerned.
 
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Hey, congratulations and I like it- that something was passed for you all in AZ.

What I find interesting is this idea that people should have one and only one collective in their area. Do they have to use this one, even if they are in another area at the time and want to check out a collective?

It's funny how "they" will allow liquor/beer/wine stores and pharmacies on every corner(far more than neeeded) yet treat MMJ as something people need to work together to cultivate- that collectives have to build these alternative distribution systems which most industries abandoned long ago as inefficient.
 

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Congrats to AZ. And super is right it is strange that your limited to just one dispensary. I also find it interesting that you can't grow if your within 25 miles of a dispensary. But its a start
 

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The Arizona Department of Health Services and other politicians are working overtime to ensure that medical marijuana will be expensive and difficult to obtain in this state. Prop 203 was written by a lawyer in a large law firm who has worked for anti marijuana Governor Jan Brewer. The law was written to allow only corporations with a lot of money to take part in the dispensary licensing process. The collusion of money interests in the writing of Proposition 203 is just now becoming apparent to those who are interested in opening a dispensary.

The central planning model of the socialists in charge, both Democrat and Republican, is not a system that will work and is unacceptable to me as an American. Prohibitionist legislators and bureaucrats are traitors to our constitution and the American free market system. The governments intent is to continue the prosecution of marijuana users as criminals. It is morally indefensible when half of the population forces the other half to adhere to their views and laws or be imprisoned.

Legalization legislation in Arizona must be passed in 2012 in order for marijuana users to be free from the oppressive regime that rules over us.
 

AVM1

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How many collectives does Arizona have? I'm trying to find out where they are. I wanna go to one when I visit.
According to the ADHS there will be 124 + - dispensary licenses issued. Do not hold your breath for them to open. The rules are more draconian than the Colorado laws and designed by the lawyers and prohibitionists to allow only well financed corporations to engage in the industry. This limited marijuana commerce will occur under complete control of government regulators and their cameras.
 

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They also mirror what L.A. is trying to do with their 5% tax measure, I believe they're trying to impose a 20% tax... :tsk: :crazy:
 
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hey i heard that our California Medical Cards will also be valid in arizona.. is this true?.. does anyone have any info on what would happen if a california MMJ card holder crosses over to arizona.. i might be going there in a few months to visit some family and friends..
 

miah

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hey i heard that our California Medical Cards will also be valid in arizona.. is this true?.. does anyone have any info on what would happen if a california MMJ card holder crosses over to arizona.. i might be going there in a few months to visit some family and friends..




Will Arizone Recognize a California Medical Cannabis Card?

They'll accept the card but from what i've heard they won't be valid inside of the collectives themselves.

But as far as flying there with medicaiton, I don't think it's a problem.
 

mat

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Dude ive been watching Az closely i just left and came back to cali.Looks like it will be very hard to just get a recomend.As for the Dispensaries good luck they will be so regulated and overpriced you would have to be desperate or way sic to go.As far as the cops my house i was living at got burglarized and the cops searched my house and found my smoking room and asked what this was about i showed my scars on my leg and cali Dr rec and they left me alone but advised not to be "toking in public or around children".Arizona residents have a different take on the medical marijuana movement than the more accepting california residents.
 
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its really kind of ridiculous how strict AZ, or any state for that matter, is on legalizing marijuana. really whats the harm? i say if its been scientifically PROVEN to help with soooo many health conditions than wouldnt smoking without any conditions be prevenative care? it really just makes no sense that someone can go and get drunk and be totally unaware of their behavior, or mental state and its "ok" or someone can go to the doctor and get almost any prescription drug with no hassel and its "ok". what is the government really scared of? maybe they dont want to admit they were wrong all these years? marijuana has no physical addiction, you cant overdose, you cant die and you are more functional than if you were to have a few drinks. i agree that az legalizing medicinal marijuana is a step in the right direction but has anyone actually read who qualifies for it here? you literally have to be dying from cancer or hiv to even recieve the card and you have to have 3 years of medical records for your condition. i say if you live in az get the card in cali or colorado. that way you can at least legally posses in az without any issues. i guess we will see where it all goes from here.....hopefully in the right direction.
 

miah

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Interesting thoughts regarding the MMJ, Or Cannabis Reccomendation in Arizona. Arizona has definately taken a close look at the states around them and is basing their Medical program for Cannabis on what they've seen happen on California and in Colorado, trying to not make some of the same mistakes our states have made. What is a great thought? The Cannabis Collectives in Arizona that are licensed and registered with AZ stay there, No fighting, No City Council wars, No threat of being raided because their is no "Real Permit for Cannabis Dispensary" in your area, Likely many more will be added to the list considering the vast size of AZ (Phoenix being the 5th largest CITY in the nation) ..

When I was visiting last week I talked to many Dr's, They said as long as you had a legitiment medical reason you should have no problem getting a Cannabis Reccomendation in Arizona.