PHOENIX - The deadline to submit an application to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Arizona has passed. Now the question is who will get to open one in the nine districts in Mohave County.
According to information from the Arizona Department of Health Services website, the department received more than 480 applications for dispensaries for the 126 districts in the state. The number of dispensaries in the state is based on the number of pharmacies in the state, with one dispensary for every 10 pharmacies. The districts are based on the department's Community Health Analysis Areas, a geographic area based on population that the department uses to generate statistics for its health programs. The department is awarding one dispensary certificate per CHAA.
According to the department, five people have applied for a dispensary license in Kingman, eight in Bullhead City, eight in Lake Havasu City, three in Dolan Springs, one in Littlefield and two in the Page/Fredonia area.
Estrella, a master-planned community located in Goodyear, Ariz., received the most applications, 16.
ADHS now has to review the applications, notify the applicants of any additional information it needs and award them.
Who gets a certificate depends on if the application is complete and how many people applied to open a dispensary in the same area. If only one person applied to open a dispensary, that person will automatically be awarded a certificate. If more than one person has applied the department will select the dispensary by a random drawing held on Aug. 7. The department expects to start awarding dispensary certificates the same day.
ADHS also held a public hearing in May to discuss adding several new medical conditions to the list of acceptable conditions for medical marijuana. Patients can petition the department to add medical disorders to the list of conditions medical marijuana can be used for in January and July of each year.
The department received several petitions in January to add post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, migraines and general anxiety disorder to the list. It collected comments during the May meeting and is now reviewing them.
Also, as of May 31, ADHS has received 30,829 applications for medical marijuana cards and approved 30,550. Of those 30,829 applications submitted, 25,065 people have asked to be able to grow their own marijuana.
The majority of applicants are male (74 percent), between the ages of 18 and 30 (26 percent) and have chronic pain (89 percent.) The department no longer breaks the number of marijuana cardholders down by city or county.
More information on Arizona's medical marijuana law, applying for a medical marijuana card, statistics can be found at www.azdhs.gov/medicalmarijuana.