Arizona entrepreneurs are capitalizing on the legalization of medical marijuana to set up marijuana shops throughout the state as the new law goes into in April, 2011. This industry is expected to boom quickly and spread their seeds throughout the state with a blossomed effect on new jobs related to growing / cultivating, selling, the dispensary aspects of the new venture. Others will focus on the legal procedures, nutritional impact and politics of such a product to assist these new businesses in their attempt to become as successful as the legalized weed shops in California, identified by many as an enterprising business that is doing well.
A very popular casino located just on the outside of the city of Scottsdale, Arizona, a prominent and wealthy city, and a strong tourist attraction, has offered to sponsor a two day medical marijuana seminar within the next three weeks to introduce this new endeavor for many men and women interested in starting such a business for profit. The seminar, costing $ 295 dollars for each person to attend the event, will focus on all the relevant topics including how to lay out the marijuana presentation inside their display cases, the product testing procedures and management classes to become successful at this opportunity. This training seminar, resembling replicas used in Colorado and California since 1996, is anticipated to draw many attendees.
Today, 14 states and the District of Washington DC have followed this fired up nationwide trend to implement and compete in the practice of selling medicinal marijuana with Arizona being one of the latest to come onboard. Being in the start up stages and carefully preparing the industry for a piece of the pie in the dispensary and cultivation of this newest gold mine, the state agencies overseeing this project have been busy implementing regulations and zoning laws anticipating a large response for such practice or business.
Proposition 203, as approved by the voters with a little over 50 per cent on November 2, 2010, allows registered qualifying patients with physician’s not they have been diagnosed with a debilitating condition and they would likely receive benefit from marijuana to obtain marijuana from a registered dispensary and to use and posses medical marijuana to treat the medical condition. Approved Conditions: Cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, ALS, Crohn’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, cachexia or wasting syndrome, severe and chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures (including epilepsy), severe or persistent muscle spasms (including multiple sclerosis).
The possession and cultivation regulations for qualified patients or their registered designated caregivers may obtain up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana in a 14-day period from a registered nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary. 3: If the patient lives more than 25 miles from the nearest dispensary, the patient or caregiver may cultivate up to 12 marijuana plants in an enclosed, locked facility. At least four Arizona cities have passed ordinances regulating the zoning requirements of medical marijuana dispensaries, and other cities are following suit. The Arizona League of Cities and Towns, an organization for Arizona municipalities, created a draft ordinance in early October to help cities create their own restrictions. Oro Valley, Tucson, Marana and Globe have all passed ordinances, some as early as October 2010 predicting the law would pass in November. The medical marijuana law states that in order to become a licensed dispensary, grower or infuser of medical marijuana, the applicant must comply with the zoning standards of the city or town he or she will be located in. Arizona law enforcement officials and many of the voters who cast their ballot against such an enterprise for the legalization of medicinal marijuana, are skeptical of some of the applicants anticipated are preparing enforcement procedures to avoid abuse and illegal activities.