East Valley Tribune: In this story Will Humble, the former Director of the Arizona Department of Health Services explains Proposition 205, the Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act. “If Prop. 205 passes, dispensaries get first crack at becoming retail marijuana stores. . . . Humble said medical marijuana patients can continue that routine if Prop. 205 passes and avoid paying the 15 percent surcharge on retail marijuana. . . . If approved by voters, the new law allows anyone 21 or older to buy up to one ounce of marijuana or up to five grams of concentrated marijuana, beginning March 2, 2018. . . . Anyone 21 or older would be able to grow up to six of their own plants, although landlords are allowed to prohibit growing plants on their property.”
National Law Review: “Earlier this year, when the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) indicated it would have an announcement regarding a now five-year-old petition to reschedule cannabis, numerous industries on the “outside looking in” were eagerly watching from the sidelines. Leaders in banking, insurance, pharmaceuticals – and just about the entire investing world – were all hoping that marijuana would lose the stigma of a Schedule I drug, a label that meant it had no accepted medical use in the eyes of the federal government. . . . These investors and insurers held dreams of unbridled access to enormous growth potential and revenue streams. When news came in early August 2016 that the DEA would not reschedule, those dreams were dashed. But was the decision bad news? The answer is, ‘Not really‘.”
Phoenix New Times: “The Arizona Department of Health Services awarded preliminary licenses for 31 new medical-marijuana dispensaries last week, creating a lucrative opportunity for entrepreneurs and (soon) more shopping choices for patients. Most of the 747 applicants lost out on their hoped-for pot of green gold — not to mention the nonrefundable $4,000 of their $5,000 application fee. But the lucky few whose applications were accepted could make a fortune in the industry.”
The Marijuana Times: “There is no doubt that 2016 will be the biggest year in the short history of the marijuana law reform movement. Five states will have recreational cannabis legalization on the statewide ballot for their citizens to vote on in November. We here at The Marijuana Times are going to take a closer look at all 5, and we’re going to start with Proposition 205 in Arizona. Prop 205 is similar to the legalization initiatives that will be appearing in other states. Here are some of the highlights of what Prop 205 would do if passed by the voters:”
Today, October 6, 2016, the Arizona Department of Health Services notified 31 of 750 applicants that they were selected to receive Dispensary Registration Certificates that allow each “winner” the right to open an Arizona medical marijuana dispensary. The areas awarded new dispensary licenses, the CHAA names and CHAA ids are set forth in DHS’ Dispensary Registration Certification Allocation Results.
Nine of the 31 licenses were determined by the random selection process. Balls with a number for each applicant were placed in a machine and blown through the air for 15 seconds after which one of the balls entered a tube at random and became the “winning” ball. DHS’ accounting firm of Henry & Horne conducted the random selection process.
The CHAAs that had random selections, the number of applicants in that CHAA and the winning applicant’s number are as follows:
- CHAA 8 had 24 applications and the winner was applicant #1508
- CHAA 26 had 4 applications and the winner was applicant #1514
- CHAA 40 had 2 applications and the winner was applicant #1307
- CHAA 52 had 2 applications and the winner was applicant #1240
- CHAA 59 had 5 applications and the winner was applicant #1359
- CHAA 60 had 3 applications and the winner was applicant #1352
- CHAA 77 had 3 applications and the winner was applicant #1481
- CHAA 78 had 3 applications and the winner was applicant #1271
- CHAA 105 had 2 applications and the winner was applicant #1015
The Random Selection Process
Several of my clients that applied for new Arizona medical marijuana dispensary licenses received email messages from the Arizona Department of Health Services notifying them that the new dispensary licensees will be announced on October 6, 2016. Here is the text of the email message DHS is sending to applicants that are still in the hunt for a new dispensary license:
Subject: ADHS- Dispensary Registration Certificate Allocation
The Department will be announcing the Medical Marijuana Dispensary Registration Certificate allocation results on Thursday, October 6th.
On Wednesday afternoon, all applicants to be included in the random selection process will be notified. Not all CHAA results will require a random selection. Applications to be included in the random selection process will be allowed one representative to attend the selection in person on Thursday. The representative must be a principal officer and/or board member identified on the application.
Medical Marijuana Program
Arizona Department of Health Services
Health and Wellness for all Arizonans
CBS Denver: “Marijuana may be legal in Colorado, but the Denver Police Department is confiscating more weed than they ever have before. ‘Prior to the legalization with Amendment 64, we received small quantities of marijuana, maybe a couple ounces or a few pounds,’ said Lt. Cliff Carney, who manages the evidence and property section for the department. ‘After 64, we’re seeing huge seizures the come in. We’ll get sometimes 300 to 400 boxes of marijuana at one time on one seizure.’ Denver police are confiscating so much marijuana that Carney told CBS4 they are running out of space to store it.”