Arizona Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Unduly Burdened by State Rules, Judge Says

Phoenix New Times:  “Another favorable court ruling for the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act means that would-be dispensaries have much more time to set up operations.  Maricopa Superior Court Judge Randall Warner’s July 29 ruling, released Wednesday, stops the state from denying dispensary approvals because of failure to meet a set deadline. . . . The case, brought by Total Health & Wellness and other Medbox-affiliated dispensary companies”

The case is Total Health & Wellness, Inc., vs. State of Arizona.

By |2014-04-27T11:20:13-07:00July 31st, 2013|AZ Marijuana Law Lawsuits, Medbox, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Arizona Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Unduly Burdened by State Rules, Judge Says

Will Humble Comments on Court Ruling

Will Humble, Director of the Arizona Department of Health Services said on July 31, 2013:

“The Superior Court judge ruled this morning that our requirement for Registration Certificate holders (dispensaries) to get an approval to operate within one year in order to renew their certificates is unreasonable.  Because of today’s ruling, we’re going to accept renewal requests for all the current dispensaries in the state, whether they’re open or not.  The initial year for dispensaries is over next week.

The ruling also means we’ll need to rewrite our rules – but that’s not a simple process.  We’ll begin the process of adjusting our regulations to be in accordance with today’s ruling, but it will likely take several months to have everything in line.  Today’s ruling will also delay our decision about how to proceed with ‘year 2’ dispensary applications.”

By |2013-08-27T07:08:31-07:00July 31st, 2013|AZ Marijuana Law Lawsuits, Stories & Articles, Will Humble Speaks|Comments Off on Will Humble Comments on Court Ruling

Billy Hayes, Marijuana Activist, Busted Again in Vapor Lounge Raid

Phoenix New Times:  “Phoenix police have busted marijuana activist Billy Hayes for the second time in two years in connection with running an unauthorized medical-marijuana dispensary. . . . Hayes was behind the Arizona Cannabis Society, a caregiver collective we wrote about in February of 2012 that grew buds for patients in an El Mirage warehouse. A few weeks after our article appeared, Phoenix police raided the place and claimed the co-op had exceeded the number of marijuana plants allowed by state law.  Hayes was never charged in that case.

See “Medical-Marijuana “Vapor Lounge” Allows Patients to Toke Up.”

By |2013-08-29T07:45:24-07:00July 26th, 2013|Marijuana Crimes, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Billy Hayes, Marijuana Activist, Busted Again in Vapor Lounge Raid

Arizona DHS Issued 61 Medical Marijuana Dispensary Permits

The Director of the Arizona Department of Health Services said the following on July 26, 2013:

“We’ve issued 61 medical marijuana dispensary operating licenses so far with only 2 weeks left on the 52 week time-clock.  We have 21 more inspections scheduled between now and August 6, which is the deadline for Registration Certificate holders to get their Approval to Operate License so they can renew their Certificate (a 1-year timeframe).   The biggest hang up with the remaining certificate holders seems to be their city occupancy approval (we don’t give operating licenses without a certificate of occupancy from their local jurisdiction).

I was a witness in court a couple of times last week testifying in a case in which the Plaintiffs argue that our requirement that Registration Certificate holders (the lottery winners) get their Approval to Operate within 1 year is unreasonable.  Under our regulations, the Approval to Operate is required in order to renew a Registration Certificate.  Of course, there’s more to the lawsuit than that- but that’s a core issue.

We’re awaiting the Superior Court Judge’s ruling in the next week or so.  We expect the ruling to provide some clarity about whether and how we’ll proceed when it comes to renewing Registration Certificates.  The decision may also influence the timeline for the “second round” issuance of Certificates.”

By |2013-08-27T07:11:07-07:00July 26th, 2013|Stories & Articles, Will Humble Speaks|Comments Off on Arizona DHS Issued 61 Medical Marijuana Dispensary Permits

Phoenix Police Still Responding to Craigslist Ads for Medical Marijuana “Donations”

Phoenix New Times:  “Despite New Times’ discovery last month that Phoenix police are routinely using Craigslist to bust people offering to sell ‘medical marijuana’ for the price of a ‘donation,’ the busts continue.  Even though some people post lengthy disclaimers in their ads, claiming that there’s no pot sale going on, it’s just a transfer of medical-marijuana between patients — with a donation involved — it’s not preventing the busts.”

SeeEarth to Pot Dealers: Selling “Medical Marijuana” on Craigslist Not the Greatest Idea.”

By |2013-08-29T07:37:03-07:00July 17th, 2013|Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Phoenix Police Still Responding to Craigslist Ads for Medical Marijuana “Donations”