On its very first day, Arizona’s medical marijuana program was already building momentum:
The state Department of Health Services received 110 electronic applications – nearly 60 percent of them for chronic pain – and authorized at least 44 people to use marijuana as treatment. Their cards will be mailed today, allowing them to possess up to 2 ½ ounces of pot every two weeks and grow up to 12 plants.
Eighty-two percent of the applicants were men and their ages ranged widely. There were no applications on behalf of children.
Things are only going to get busier for Arizona’s Dept. of Health Services. Registration cards will be in even greater demand once dispensaries begin opening their doors later this year.