Arizona Republic: Arizona Department of Health Services “officials said Monday that they will begin implementing the measure and expect the drug to be in use by late summer 2011. [ADHS] Director Will Humble said he expects that by April, the agency will begin reviewing applications from people who want to use medical marijuana or operate a dispensary. The program should be fully functioning by later that summer, when dispensaries have had time to grow the plants.”
“The department currently is considering several options to screen dispensary applications, such as accepting them on a first-come, first-served basis or creating a lottery system and drawing random applications. The ideal but most labor-intensive way to select dispensaries would be to evaluate the quality of their business models, security plans and inventory systems and then select the best 124 applications, Humble said.”
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