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AZ Dispensary Permit Applications Boom; State Revenue Over $2 Million

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

Security Plan

Patient Education and Support Plan

Business 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 info@wegrowstore.com. 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.

 

Medical Marijuana News Around the US

Recently, the President tried to defend the recent crackdown on the medical marijuana industry, including raids of legitimate businesses without explanation. While medical marijuana-sympathetic voters generally choose a democratic candidate, voters are now conflicted over who to vote for. Romney has strongly opposed legalization, and the only candidate who supports legalization is Ron Paul, who is trailing Romney badly in the polls. Meanwhile, state governments are dealing with their own legislation debates:

Colorado Asks Obama to Protect Jobs

Last week, President Obama visited the University of Colorado to reach out to younger voters, and cannabis activists took the opportunity to speak out against the recent government intervention in the MMJ industry.  In a press release, it was stated that the U.S. Attorney’s plan to target nearly 200 medical marijuana businesses would result in over 1,000 jobs being lost in the wake of a recession. Meanwhile, three Boulder dispensaries are shutting down this week after the government gave them an ultimatum of moving locations by May 7 or closing.

Hawaii Sees a Spike in MMJ Patients

Since last summer, the number of Hawaii residents with medical marijuana cards has grown by about 7,600 patients – 27% lift in nine months. Hawaiians with MMJ cards are allowed to use, possess, and grow limited amounts of cannabis, but dispensaries are not allowed to operate. This boost in numbers could help pass legislation allowing dispensary operation and in the meantime it will help the businesses of doctors, lawyers, and those who sell cultivation equipment.

New Hampshire and Connecticut Pass MMJ Legislation

The New England states still face opposition to the bills. New Hampshire’s governor stated that he would veto the bill, but there’s still hope for it yet – only 3 of the 11 Senators opposed the bill, and it is rumored that at least two would change their votes, effectively overriding the veto.  In Connecticut, however, the bill is moving to the Senate and their governor has already stated that he supports MMJ and is more likely to not veto the bill.

Connecticut Passes MMJ Bill

A Connecticut bill allowing medical marijuana use has been passed by Congress and is in the hands of state Governor Malloy, who says he plans to pass the bill. The bill contains some of the country’s strictest regulations for the cultivation and distribution of medical marijuana to try to bypass some of the problems the other 16 states face in legalization. A registry of patients will be established as well as a list of diseases approved to use the drug.

Be sure to find out what the status of legalization is in your state as well as which candidates support medical marijuana use and dispensaries.

 

 

 

weGrow Phoenix Dispensary Permits Seminar

weGrow Phoenix will be holding a Dispensary Permits Seminar on May 16th from 12:00 – 3:00 PM. This complimentary seminar will cover more information on the financial aspects of owning a dispensary as well as the legalities and process of applying for a dispensary permit.  The seminar will feature Ryan Hurley of Rose Law Group and Dhar Mann the founder and CEO of weGrow Store.

weGrow Phoenix Farmers Market

weGrow Phoenix’s Farmers Market on Sunday was a huge success! We had over 350 attendees and 30 vendors join us.  AZ Family, CBS 5, and ABC 15 covered the event Sunday night. Check out this video from AZ Family:


The event was made possible by a wide selection of vendors and services. Here’s just a few who came out:

 

 

Stay tuned to the weGrow Blog to find out when we’ll be holding our next weGrow Phoenix Farmer’s Market!