Adult Use Cannabis Update: Qualifying Zip Codes for Social Equity Program Applications Now Available
The Arizona Department of Health Services (“AZDHS”) recently finalized the rules governing the Social Equity Program for adult-use marijuana establishment licenses. The highly anticipated Social Equity Program rules were adopted effective as of June 1, 2021, and may be found online here.
Established by Proposition 207, the Social Equity Program is designed to make adult-use marijuana establishment licenses available to communities and individuals who have been adversely impacted by the enforcement of previous marijuana laws. To advance that goal, the recently adopted rules set forth specific eligibility criteria for those seeking to apply for an adult-use establishment license under the Social Equity Program.
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May you live in interesting times.
Are they done counting yet? (No!) Good to see that Arizona voters (and vote counters) continue to know how to weave a dramatic story full of twists and surprises. Arizona now has two Democratic US Senators, but kept the State Legislature Republican – with or without Senator McGee: still counting….
Here are the results as of Monday morning, November 9, along with some observations from Gammage & Burnham’s team of State and local lobbyists. We’ve been there to help you in 2020, and we will be there to help you in 2021.
PROP 207: WHAT WILL RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA MEAN FOR THE EXISTING MEDICAL MARIJUANA PROGRAM?
Legalization of recreational marijuana in Arizona will be on the general election ballot in November 2020, following the Arizona Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling in August rejecting efforts to block the initiative. Because Arizona has almost ten years’ experience with its medical marijuana program, a common question is what would change if Prop 207 is approved?
Will approval of the initiative eliminate Arizona’s existing medical marijuana program? The quick answer: no.
The initiative, titled as the Smart and Safe Arizona Act, would add an entirely new chapter in Title 36 of Arizona Revised Statutes (Chapter 28.2) that establishes the recreational marijuana program.
Legal Alert: Arizona Supreme Court Mandates Medical Marijuana License in Every County, Affirms Importance of Patient Access
Last Thursday, the Arizona Supreme Court in Saguaro Healing LLC v. State of Arizona held that the Arizona Department of Health Services (“AZDHS”) must issue at least one medical marijuana dispensary certificate in each county, in accordance with the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (“AMMA”).
The Court’s opinion interpreted the AMMA’s language to require a minimum, not a maximum, number of medical marijuana dispensaries within the state and in each county. In doing so, the Court furthered one of the AMMA’s intended purposes—to ensure that patients throughout Arizona have access to a medical marijuana dispensary.
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