Opening a Dispensary in Arizona
Opening a Dispensary in Arizona
Medical marijuana is a very hot topic that is constantly discussed today. Many people are for it and many are against it. Currently, there are sixteen states that have approved the use of medical marijuana. Arizona is the most recent that has been approved. Providing medical marijuana is a potentially big moneymaker for some, but due to current restrictions, there are currently only around 125 reserved spots that will be allowed to dispense marijuana in Arizona. As it progresses it will undoubtedly be opened up to many more. Since you might want to get into the legal side of opening a dispensary in Arizona, let’s take a look at what steps you need to take to get started.
Let’s take a look at the three possible methods of getting picked for opening a dispensary in Arizona. First is on a first come first serve basis. This means that you have to submit paperwork and be one of the 125 to get approved first. The second way is to have all paperwork submitted and they will go through a lottery system. The last possible way is to pick the 125 best laid out plans for a dispensary.
Arizona has not yet discussed the way that they will do this, but there are already a bunch of standards that will have to be planned out and met in order to even be considered for opening a dispensary. First off, any applicant will have to pay a $5,000 for a personal license to provide the marijuana. Then applicants will have to go through and plan out how they will grow the marijuana, how to prevent any thefts, record keeping practices, employee background checks, and the permanent address for the dispensary location.
Opening a dispensary is a long and very detailed process, but ensuring that you are doing the correct paperwork will save you time and energy. The biggest obstacle that any dispensary owner will need to do is to promise to fulfill any recommendations to those only who are only legally approved for it. Having a physician recommendation and ensuring that a patient hasn’t had a prescription filled within two weeks are two important checks. If a dispensary gets checked and if any of these rules have been broken, there could be serious consequences.
Arizona is the sixteenth state to allow legal medical marijuana for those who have a recommendation for it. Of course, there are many people that would like to start up their own dispensary, but in order to do so, there are a lot of rules and regulations. As said earlier, ensure that you follow all of the rules and standards and based on how the state picks who is allowed to fill the 125 dispensary spots, get it in quick. Opening a dispensary in Arizona is a big breakthrough in pain management and a huge opportunity for those who want to try and help them. Good luck.
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