Cities examine locations for Medical Marijuana dispensaries.
When Arizona became the 15th state to legalize medical marijuana, city planners and officials quickly began planning for its implementation. The law allows a person suffering from a qualifying illness to purchase two and a half (2.5) grams of marijuana every two weeks. The person would have to purchase the marijuana from a medical marijuana dispensary and be required to carry a medical marijuana card. Though the state of Arizona has legalized medical marijuana the federal government still does not recognize marijuana as a prescribed medicine nor a federally recognized drug. Cities are now dealing with issues regarding zoning ordinances to decide where marijuana dispensaries will be located. State laws already prohibit drive through dispensaries, placing a dispensary within five hundred feet of a school, and consumption of medical marijuana is prohibited in public. The number of dispensaries a city receives is relative to total population, larger cities such as Mesa or Gilbert expect to have anywhere from five to ten dispensaries each.