Phoenix New Times:  “Arizona Organix at 5301 West Glendale Avenue has become the first medical-marijuana dispensary to be approve by the state. . . . The store can now begin selling marijuana to qualified patients legally, under Arizona law.  Unfortunately for Arizona’s 30,000-plus qualified patients, though, the store has no plan to open immediately.”

Will Humble, Director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, posted the following on his blog on November 15, 2012:

“Our team just returned from a field inspection for a dispensary applicant in Glendale.  There were no major deficiencies, and we awarded the dispensary an “approval to operate” late this afternoon.  This is the first dispensary approval to operate we’ve issued in the State.  By law, we’re not allowed to publicly disclose the address.

The fact that a dispensary is now licensed in the Valley also means that the “self-grow” part of the law will change on Friday.  Beginning tomorrow we’ll be declining new “requests to cultivate” among new cardholders in most of the metro area…  because self-grow (12 plants) is only allowed when the patient lives more than 25 miles from the nearest dispensary.  The vast majority of the Valley is within 25 miles of this new dispensary.

We’re also adding a new feature to our website to help people figure out if they live within 25 miles of a dispensary.  Because of the changes to the system, we’ just took the it offline.  We’ll work on it over the weekend and most of the application process should be up and running on Monday.”

See also “Medical pot dispensary gets AZ’s first approval to open.”