Arizona officials consider expanding medical marijuana program
Published: May 29, 2012 at 8:02 am
The Arizona Department of Health Services held a public hearing to consider requests to expand its fledgling medical marijuana program.
More than two-dozen people spoke in favor of expanding the state’s medical-pot program at Friday’s 2½-hour hearing.
State health officials must periodically consider adding conditions to the program under the 2010 law approved by voters.
Arizona is considering requests to allow use of marijuana for an array of conditions, including post-traumatic stress syndrome, migraines, depression and general anxiety disorder.
The law already permits medical marijuana use for such medical reasons as cancer, glaucoma, AIDS, chronic pain, muscle spasms and hepatitis C.
The health department received more than 400 applications for medical-pot dispensaries by Friday’s deadline. State law allows 126 dispensaries; health officials will award dispensary certificates on Aug. 7.
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