Arizona medical marijuana law states that dispensaries have one year to qualify for a certificate to operate and then open. Or else the dispensaries could permanently lose the authorization to open their dispensary if they take longer than a year to obtain their approval.
In a lawsuit filed last week in Maricopa County Superior Court, to-be dispensary owners are asking a judge to order state officials to give them more time to get their dispensaries up and running.
The owners are arguing that the lawsuit which involved White Mountain Health Center dispensary had a “chilling effect” on the other to-be dispensary owners; therefore, delaying other to-be dispensary owners from opening as soon as they would have liked.
Will Humble, the Director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, said he might give the 11 owners more time.