Medical-Pot Clubs Suddenly Emerge While New Arizona Law is Debated
On 01.08.11, In Legal Industry, by Blake Houser
In Arizona, medical-marijuana dispensaries cannot operate their business while waiting for the judge to rule on Proposition 203. However, this does not necessarily prevent cardholders from looking for and finding pot.
A handful of clubs have started to pop-out in the Valley to fill the void and provide patients with medical-marijuana.
The new state law allows many of the medical-marijuana cardholders to grow their own pot and share it with other cardholders, as long as there are no medical-marijuana dispensaries nearby. As a result, these clubs have developed as a sort of an intermediary between those who grow pot and those who are looking for it.
Joe Yuhas, one of the spokespersons for Arizona Medical Marijuana Association, the group that led the Prop. 203 campaigns, said that the law was meant to establish a “regulated industry” of dispensaries.
Yuhas revealed that the pot clubs are an unintended result of the federal and state dispute regarding whether the new law medical-marijuana law in Arizona is in conflict with existing federal statutes that ban marijuana. “We’re going to see more and more developments like this,” he said.
Questions on the legality of marijuana clubs have already been raised, particularly in two areas, namely, the local zoning of the clubs and the payment for the product.
According to the state Department of Health Services, it has “serious concerns about the legality of so-called cannabis clubs.” Health officials have already asked the Office of the Attorney General to find out if the clubs are legal.