There were 126 applications drawn Tuesday to locate medical marijuana dispensaries around the state, including one in the Verde Valley and another in the greater Sedona area.
Eight dispensary-eligible applicants were in the drawing for a dispensary in the Sedona CHAA. There were 14 that sought a location serving Northeast Yavapai County.
As Department of Health Director, Will Humble, notes, the selection is just one of the first steps. Applicants must also meet other security and other requirements. And then, the County Attorneys throughout the state say sale of marijuana violates federal law and may not be allowed. Another challenge is pending.
During a lottery using random selection of numbered balls, a dispensary application was chosen for each of the designated Community Health Analysis Areas (CHAA). According to the Arizona Department of Health, no one applied for a dispensary in 27 of those CHAAs, many of them on Arizona's many Indian reservations.
Those areas with the most applications tended to be in urban areas around Phoenix and Tucson. Two of the CHAA are among those with the highest number of applicants. Those are the CHAA for Estrella in the Phoenix metro area and also Yavapai Co. NE, which includes the Verde Valley.
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Posted: Wednesday, August 8, 2012
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Same thing happened in Colorado and California. The pot folks turned small towns into hippie havens. That's why there are more cities and towns in Colorado and California that ban dispensaries than allow them! Beautiful, quaint towns taken over by drug dealers! And, THAT'S why the pot lobby put a provision in Arizona's law preventing cities and towns from opting out. First time that trick was used in the country. The only way to save Arizona's cities and towns from sure disaster is to get rid of Prop 203 altogether.