Medical pot dispensary application deadline nears

KINGMAN - Monday was the first day to apply for a medical marijuana dispensary registration certificate.

The Arizona Department of Health Services will stop accepting dispensary applications on May 25.

The department is reviewing the applications as they come in. It has 30 working days to review an application and return it to potential dispensary owner for changes. The owner then has 20 working days to make the corrections and return it to the department.

The department expects to award all of the dispensary certificates on Aug. 7. Only one certificate will be awarded per area. A random drawing will be held Aug. 7 to determine which qualified applicants will receive a certificate for an area.

More information on applying for a dispensary certificate or a patient or caretaker card is available at www.azdhs.gov/medicalmarijuana/index.htm.

According to the latest reports from ADHS, the department has received nearly 29,000 applications for patient medical marijuana cards across the state. More than 28,000 applications have been approved, 290 are in review, 49 are waiting additional information and 11 have been denied. More than 24,000 of those applying for a card are asking to grow their own marijuana. There was no information for Mohave County or local cities listed on the department's website.

About 74 percent of the applicants are males and most of the applicants are between the ages of 18 and 60. The three most common medical conditions listed for applying for a medical marijuana card are chronic pain (89 percent), muscle spasms (14 percent) and nausea (11 percent). The department pointed out that patients could list more than one reason for applying for a card.