After a slow start with only 15 applications turned in on the first day, the Arizona dispensary permit applications have poured in. By last Friday’s deadline, 484 applications were completed and sent to the Arizona Department of Health Services (DHS).
Each application consisted of a business plan, an inventory control plan, and a $5000 application fee. The 385-or-so applicants who will not receive permits will be refunded $1000 of their fee, resulting in huge revenue for the state. It was initially estimated that Arizona would make around $1 million from applications, but we estimate that around $2,035,000 will be brought in assuming that one dispensary opens in each of the 99 districts that applied.
This incredible turnout for the chance to supply Arizona’s medical marijuana patients – nearly 29,000 of them – with their medicine marks the state’s turn towards accepting medical marijuana use. This DHS map displays the areas represented by applicants with Estrella topping the list at 16 applications.
On Friday, a hearing was held to expand the list of conditions for which medical marijuana can be a treatment. The law that passed two years ago already permits medical marijuana use for cancer, glaucoma, AIDS, chronic pain, muscle spasms and hepatitis C. Other conditions being considered are PTSD, migraines, depression, and general anxiety disorder. Says DHS Director Will Humble, “I’m OK with including other conditions. I just want that decision to be based on science.”
In order to meet the May 25 deadline, some applications may have been incomplete. Next month, potential dispensaries will receive applications back to revise if they are missing any information to give every applicant a fair chance of getting chosen. For those areas where more than one eligible applicant has filed, a random drawing will determine who gets the permit.
If your application is returned to you for revision, weGrow can help. We offer a range of plans required by the AZDHS including:
Inventory Control Plan
Qualifying Patient Record Keeping Plan
Patient Education and Support Plan
These plans are available for a special price to allow you to be considered for your dispensary permit. Save $600 by bundling all 5 for $4000. For more information on completing your order, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, if you would like to purchase plans individually, visit dispensarypermits.com. Non-Arizona specific plans are also available.
Good luck to all who applied and watch our blog for news on the dispensary permit process.