Arizona Organix, the first medical marijuana dispensary to begin selling marijuana in Arizona, opened its doors today to a crowd of eager medical marijuana cardholders waiting outside.
“I see absolute joy on the faces of these patients,” said Bill Myer, one of the owners of the Glendale dispensary. “They don’t have to worry about where they will get their medicine anymore.”
Myer said that the opening went smoothly and that he’s excited for the future of his business.
Michael Cardenas, a 19-year-old from Peoria, said he’s happy to finally have a place he can come back to for marijuana.
“It’s pretty awesome for us patients,” Cardenas said.
Until now, Cardenas had been buying marijuana at the co-ops of medical marijuana patients who have cropped up around the state, often referred to as cannabis clubs or compassion clubs.
Ryan Hurley, the attorney representing the dispensary, walked through the crowd answering any questions patients had. Hurley has been one the main advocates for hopeful dispensary owners since the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act was narrowly passed by voters in 2010. Lawsuits led by Attorney General Tom Horne, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery and Gov. Jan Brewer have delayed the full implementation of the program, and the dispensary portion of the system in particular. But courts have consistently upheld the voter-approved act.