Marijuana is a schedule I illegal drug under the federal law. Because of several studies conducted and supported the advantageous benefits of the drug, 14 states as well as several countries including Canada, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Israel, Italy, Finland, and Portugal have made its use legal. The Arizona medical marijuana law approves the use and possession of marijuana for medical purposes only making the 15th state to have such law. It was passed last November 2010. Several comments have aroused from the parties that are in favour and not in favour of the law.
Medical marijuana users may suffer from discrimination from the society. Hence, the Arizona medical marijuana law cites the certain situations as a resolution for such. Employers should not terminate their employees solely because they have a medical marijuana card. They can however terminate employees if they are proven to be impaired by the influence of marijuana and they should not allow their workers to ingest marijuana during work hours. A school or landlord should not refuse to enrol a person just because of possession of a medical marijuana card.
Businessmen will see medical marijuana dispensaries as a big opportunity for business just like other states. When establishing a dispensary, they have to undergo several procedures for licensing. Since medical marijuana’s legality in Arizona is still fresh thus many problems may still arise in the process. Furthermore, the Arizona medical marijuana law drafted some rules about establishing dispensaries.
- Dispensaries should be registered as non profit.
- They must have the necessary documents that will prove their legality.
- The dispensary must have sufficient security measures to prevent marijuana theft.
- The dispensary should only give the drug to a qualified card holder and a registered caregiver.
To know more about the law about medical marijuana in Arizona, you can visit their website.