The Arizona Department of Health Services released a statement saying they will begin accepting applications for marijuana dispensaries in Arizona. They have begun reviewing the outdated rules that were released last year and said they hope to begin accepting applications in the summer.
The dispensary program was put on hold last year while the Governor sought clarity from a federal judge about whether or not the State employee’s were at risk of federal prosecution for implementing the law. A federal judge threw out the case in early January stating that the State had “not shown that any action against state employees in this state is imminent or even threatened.” Further, the complaint failed to show that any state officials had been prosecuted in other states for “participation in state medical marijuana licensing schemes.”
Critics say that it was clear State employees were never at risk and that the lawsuit was a stall tactic the Governor was using to delay the medical marijuana program in Arizona.
The Arizona Department of Health Services’ goal is to accept applications this April and potentially have up to 125 dispensary licenses awarded by mid-June.