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.