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12/6/2012 6:00:00 AM
Medical marijuana: Law, dispensaries to be discussed for Mohave County

Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa
Miner Staff Reporter

Dolan Springs is one of six areas in Mohave County that will have a marijuana dispensary, which is good news to resident Perry Wickerd.

Wickerd has a medical marijuana card and uses the drug to help with nausea and pain from several back surgeries, an ulcer and cerebral palsy.

"About four or five years ago things got really, really bad," he said. Wickerd couldn't get out of bed in the morning without having to throw up. He couldn't keep any food or medication down, which only aggravated his pain. He lost between 20 and 30 pounds.

"I had to drop out of everything I was doing in the community," he said. "My doctor couldn't figure out what to do. There was nothing he could do except give me more medication."

In order to better inform people about the new law and how a dispensary will affect the community, Wickerd is holding a town hall meeting at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Castle Rock Ranch and Arena, at the corner of Pierce Ferry Road and 11th Street in Dolan Springs.

Jay Fleming from Law Enforcement Against Prohibition will speak and take questions afterward, Wickerd said. Admission is free and there will be a $5 pizza buffet.

The Arizona Department of Health Services approved 99 dispensary permits in August.

Six dispensary permits were approved for Mohave County, including one in the Kingman area.

No one's started the process to open a dispensary in Kingman, according to the health department.

Wickerd said his doctor suggested marijuana after the medical marijuana law passed.He has had his card for just over a year.

"It does help with the pain a little bit, but where it really helps is with the nausea," he said.

"You have no idea how horrible it is to lie in bed knowing that as soon as you pick your head up you're going to have to run to the bathroom. Sometimes things got so scary (with the throwing up) that I wasn't sure I could get my breath. It's the only thing that keeps me well."

Ten to 15 minutes after using the drug, Wickerd said he starts to feel hungry and can actually eat something and keep it down.

He's even been able to gain some of his weight back and has been active in the community again.

"I'm a 100 percent advocate for it where nausea is concerned," he said.

He would like to see the drug completely decriminalized so that people don't have to pay a fee to the Arizona Department of Health Services or a doctor to get a marijuana card or go to a dispensary.

Wickerd said he is not the person opening the dispensary in Dolan Springs and doesn't know who is, but he has heard from people involved with the LEAP organization that one may be moving into the area soon.

Jay Fleming from LEAP said he saw a number drawn for the Dolan Springs area by the Arizona Department of Health Services in August.

For more information, call Wickerd at (928) 530-4737.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, December 9, 2012
Article comment by: Marie Chapman

For those who think teens are going to use to this their advantage.. This is Kingman, street drugs are easier to find than the perfect fluffy towel at Wal-Mart.
Medical use benefits far more people than it is going to hurt. Not to mention the fact that this will bring revenue to our County.
Medical marijuana is a natural remedy for many people with minimal side effects. It also causes much less long term harm to the body than the majority of meds that are made in a lab.
This is a good thing people. On many levels. It's big money for the state. Natural and more effective treatments with less side effects. Hopefully one more step into opening the door for Natural Medicine.

Posted: Saturday, December 8, 2012
Article comment by: Glenda Erwin

I think people should be able to "grown their own" for their own medical use. It's easy to do as noted in the news all the time. Just still against the law to drive while using, use if under 18, etc.

I have arthritis and high blood pressure. If I was told it would help as well as the drugs I have to take, I would start baking my special brownies right away!

Posted: Friday, December 7, 2012
Article comment by: Laughter Is the Best Medicine

A dispensary in Dolan Springs? I can already see some kids getting their hands on it, much easier than before at least. Whoever's opening it I hope has integrity and some tight security.

Posted: Friday, December 7, 2012
Article comment by: matter of time

Theres only one thing more powerful then drugs today. Money.

That happens to the the very thing All Politicians are hopelessly addict to. Once the real numbers begin to prove Taxing Marijuana brings in buckets of cash. Our Money Junkie lawmakers are going to lap it up with a spoon.

I promise even the hardest conservative right wing politicians will find some way to make Pot their idea. Theh Fill thier greedy little pockets on once again the backs of the sick and disabled.

Why does a Card holder need to pay the full 300 dollars to renew their card? Once the doctor prescribes for an chronic illness disability. Why does a doctor have to confirm it yearly? I dont mind paying the state its 150.00 charge. Im not going to "heal" or recover from my condition. Having to fork out 150 a year to a doctor that is going to rubber stamp a permanent condition is just putting a hardship cardholders.

The renew fee should be 150.00 Without having to see a doctor you DONT know for a diagnoses you have had for DECADES.

Posted: Thursday, December 6, 2012
Article comment by: Just Sayin'

Anybody else find it hilarious that they are having a pizza buffet at a meeting about marijuana?

Posted: Thursday, December 6, 2012
Article comment by: Town Crier

I don't think people in AZ, and many other states, truly understand how beneficial this can be if done the right way and regulated. For a state like AZ, where there aren't a lot of economic stimulus, this could be an opportunity at true revival and growth. An entirely new frontier of agriculture and economic stimulus. More tax dollars for roads, schools, healthcare, etc. You only have to look to the areas that have had the legislation in place. Colorado essentially balanced their state budget due to the cannabis industry.

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