Although state law only allows for two medical marijuana dispensaries within Tempe city limits, the city has already received 48 applications for approval.
Unlike Phoenix, Tempe does not require a use permit. To get a letter of approval from the city, applicants must meet the zoning requirements outlined in the application process and the site they are applying for must meet Tempe City Code.
Tempe’s zoning regulations only allow dispensaries in commercial and industrial zones, and cultivation facilities are only allowed in areas zoned industrial. Dispensaries and cultivation faculties are restricted from operating within 1,320 feet of a child-care facility, school, church, park, library or public community building.
Dispensaries must still secure a lease on the approved site before they can submit an application with the Department of Health Services for a medical marijuana dispensary registration certificate and operating license. The AZDHS will begin accepting applications for dispensaries on June 1st, 2011.
To get a medical marijuana card, patients must first obtain a medical marijuana certification from a physician. Patients can find a physician that can certify their qualifying condition in the AZmarijuana.com medical marijuana doctor directory.
By Eddie Haskill, AZmarijuana.com