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In some rural areas, medical marijuana challenges views of community

As a volunteer police officer in this northwestern Arizona city, Harley Pettit saw young people get in trouble for everything from drugs and alcohol to vandalism. In a small community with not a lot to do, he said, the last thing young people need is another way to get into trouble.

He’s worried that’s exactly what medical marijuana will give them.

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As recommendations roll in, state health officials begin tricky task of identifying impropriety in medical marijuana system (access required)

Dozens of hopeful medical marijuana patients got their medical marijuana recommendations April 15 at a large medical marijuana expo in Glendale, but the recommendations signify what may become a struggle to allow only legitimately ill people into the medical marijuana program, and to discipline or strip the licenses from doctors who wantonly sign marijuana recommendations.

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Final state rules will aid rural pot shops (access required)

Since voters passed Proposition 203 in November, the Health Department has been racing against the clock to get rules and regulations in place that will guide Arizona’s medical marijuana program. In an interview with the Arizona Capitol Times, Will Humble, the department director, previewed some of the changes coming in the final rules concerning one of the most contentious parts of the rules: how dispensary licenses will be distributed.

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