Nearly 30 new Arizona medical marijuana dispensary licenses are expected to be available this summer. Currently, only 99 out of 126 dispensary licenses have been issued and, of those, only 92 of them are open and operating dispensaries.
Dispensary real estate is becoming scarce because some cities have begun restricting zoning regulations, as Phoenix did in April. The city of Scottsdale is also attempting zoning changes in May.
According to the Arizona Department of Health Services there are approximately 95,000 registered patients in the state’s medical marijuana program, reports ABC 15, and 97 percent live within 25-miles of a dispensary.
The state’s medical marijuana program was a voter-approved law established in 2010. In November of 2016, Arizonans will be voting on legalizing recreational marijuana.