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Arizona medical marijuana applicants await lottery

In this Tuesday Jan. 26, 2010 file photo, a pedestrian walks past a marijuana leaf neon sign advertising a medical marijuana provider along a street in the Sherman Oaks section of Los Angeles, Calif. States may be saying yes to medical marijuana, but local governments are increasingly using their laws to keep dispensaries out. In California, nearly 200 city and county governments have banned marijuana dispensaries over the last eight years. That’s three times as many as have adopted regulations for them. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

The Arizona Department of Health Services is set to hold a much-anticipated lottery to select medical marijuana dispensaries across the state.

The Arizona Republic reports state officials have decided to move forward with licensing the dispensaries even as 13 county attorneys have urged Gov. Jan Brewer to halt the process. The highly controversial lottery is scheduled for Tuesday.

Arizona health officials received 486 medical marijuana dispensary applications from individuals or businesses that want to set up shop in 99 of the state’s 126 designated dispensary areas.

The state received more than one application for 75 of the 99 areas, so health officials will randomly select dispensary winners. Health officials will assign a number to each corresponding lottery ball, and a registration certificate will be provided when an applicant’s dispensary-agent cards are issued.

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