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Judge rules pot dispensaries must have doctors

An Arizona judge has ruled that medical marijuana dispensaries must employ a physician as a medical director to help oversee operations.

Department of Health Services Director Will Humble tells The Arizona Republic that the ruling is important because it could prevent abuse of medical marijuana.

The ruling by Judge Richard Gama of Maricopa County Superior Court was in response to an amended lawsuit by prospective dispensary operators. They contended that it’s not necessary to have medical directors.

The medical directors are responsible for training dispensary personnel, developing guidelines for informing patients and spotting signs of substance abuse.

The state is on track to issue its first dispensary licenses this summer.

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  1. Keeping this drug illegal is pushing it to underground and shady criminals who end up lacing the drug with whatever they want to which will get you addicted or add more weight to the product. The stuff they lace it with can cause many different health problems. If you suspect your kid may be smoking marijuana I strongly suggest you take a look at what they could end up smoking because of the government being greedy and trying to throw the issue under the carpets by saying there are more important issues. This has went on long enough as it is. We do not want these criminals to continue to control this relatively harmless substance. Please legalize and regulate it for the sake of our youth and our future.

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