Arizona Medical Marijuana FAQ

Sources:  Arizona Marijuana Policy Project:; U.S. Food & Drug Administration:

Arizona Q & A

Will there be dispensaries on every corner?

No. The truth is that there is a strict limit on the number of dispensaries allowed Arizona. There will be one dispensary for every ten pharmacies in the state. Based on the current number of pharmacies, that means there will be a total of 124 dispensaries in the entire state.

In what other states does Kind Clinics have dispensaries?

We have many dispensaries  in California and growing.  We  are in the process of opening dispensaries in New Jersey, Oregon, Arizona and in discussions with policymakers in many other states.

What makes your clinics safe? Could anyone get access to marijuana?

Our dispensaries are tightly controlled.

The system only dispenses medicine to patients that are in the database, have a valid (unexpired) physician’s statement on file, and can verify their identity via a fingerprint scan taken at the machine.

Our machines are housed in safe, free standing Kind Clinic storefronts. and will have a clerk, physically on the premises during all hours of operation.

The patented medicine dispensing machine and software technology has been featured on CNN, Reuter’s, Associated Press, BBC, ABC, and many other news sources.

The machine can be placed in the clinic’s patient waiting area or inside the dispensing room for patients that want quick and convenient access to their medicine. After the medicine is dispensed through the machine, the patient has the option of bringing the medicine to the medicine display counter for inspection and re-weighing by clinic personnel.

Our newly designed machine allows patients the choice of up to 50 different varieties of medicine via touch-screen user interface. Besides giving alternative medicine pharmacy (clinic) patrons the ability to have round-the-clock access to their medicine (where legally permitted), the machine is the most comprehensive inventory management tool for clinic operators in existence.

Patients are given prepaid contribution cards and their accounts are automatically debited every time they visit the machine. Thus, not only is inventory tracked, but income generated by the clinic is tracked via computer based application. Truly a must have for all clinic operators that wish to demonstrate compliance with their local and state laws relative to medicinal cannabis.

Why a machine?

We wanted to provide patients, dispensaries, and the communities they serve an ironclad way of documenting compliance with their local and state laws while giving a powerful inventory management tool to alternative medicine pharmacy operators. If marijuana is to ever be taken seriously as a medicine, a standard method of dispensing must be in place, similar to that found in the pharmacy industry. Our machine does exactly that and more. Our patented machine and software allows patients and marijuana clinics to work in concert with state and local authorities in order to promote overall integrity and legitimacy in the industry.

Does the machine accept cash?

The machine does not accept cash directly. Patients would need to donate cash to the collective by giving cash or credit card to the clinic’s personnel at the counter after their identity and right to obtain medicine is confirmed. Then the clinic personnel would apply credits on your Kind Clinics Debit Card. The patient can then take the Kind Clinic Card and slide it through the machine and choose which medicine they desire and in what amounts.

Have other states legalized marijuana for medical use?

15 states have legalized medical marijuana, they include: Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island,[Vermont, Virginia, Washington D.C. and Washington State; Maryland allows for reduced penalties if cannabis use has a medical basis.

What about the Federal Government?

On 19 October 2009 the U.S. Deputy Attorney General issued a U.S. Department of Justice memorandum to “All United States Attorneys” providing clarification and guidance to federal prosecutors in the states that have enacted laws authorizing the medical use of marijuana. The document is intended solely as “a guide to the exercise of investigative and prosecutorial discretion and as guidance on resource allocation and federal priorities.” The memorandum does not change any laws. Sale of cannabis remains illegal under federal law. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s position, that marijuana has no accepted value in the treatment of any disease in the United States, has also remained the same.

Could patients purchase an unlimited amount of marijuana?

No. All patients in the state would be entered into a networked database to which all dispensaries would be linked. To purchase marijuana at any dispensary, a patient would have to provide a personalized ID card from the state. By linking sales to the patient’s ID card, it will be possible to enforce the provision prohibiting patients from acquiring more than 2.5 ounces of marijuana collectively in any two-week period.

What are some of the medical conditions marijuana is used for?

Cancer, glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus, acquired immune deficiency syndrome, hepatitis c, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, crohn’s disease, agitation of Alzheimer’s disease or the treatment of these conditions.

A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces one or more of the following: cachexia or wasting syndrome; severe and chronic pain; severe nausea; seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy; or severe and persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis.

If we make medical marijuana legal in Arizona, will more teens use marijuana?

There is nothing in past experience to suggest that marijuana use would increase among teens if this initiative passes. When you look at before-and-after data, you’ll see the truth is that changes in teen use patterns in states that have passed medical marijuana laws have largely been consistent with national trends; which is to say teen use has consistently fallen since the mid-nineties. In fact, all but one state that has passed a medical marijuana law has seen a decrease in lifetime teen marijuana use since that law was passed.

Would qualified patients be arrested for driving under the influence of marijuana?

Prop. 203 does not authorize patients to operate a car, aircraft or motorboat under the influence of marijuana.
Under the Arizona Legislative Council’s analysis of Prop. 203, patients would not be considered to be under the influence of marijuana just for having the drug in their system, as long as the concentration was deemed insufficient to impair them.

If a driver was pulled over, police would verify his or her patient status by running the driver’s identification through an electronic database managed by the health department.

Although there is no device to immediately detect whether a person is high on marijuana, police have ways to tell whether he or she is impaired by alcohol or other drugs, according to Sgt. Steve Martos of the Phoenix Police Department. Police can conduct field-sobriety tests specific to drug use and can draw blood. If the blood tests positive for marijuana, police can obtain probable cause to investigate further.

Can we expect more crime around the dispensaries?

To answer this question, it is best to listen to people with actual experience. For example, recent news coverage indicates that no such connection exists in Denver and Colorado Springs, Colorado, where there are a large number of dispensaries. Law enforcement officials have concluded that the dispensaries have not resulted in a level of crime distinguishable from other businesses.

Will employers be prohibited from doing anything if an employee gets high on the job?

No. The initiative, for good reason, was written to ensure that patient-employees would not be discriminated against simply because they use marijuana for their illness during non-work hours. If an employee is under the influence of marijuana at work, an employer would not be prohibited from disciplining that employee.

What does the passing of Proposition 203 mean?

Thousands of seriously ill patients will benefit from having safe, reliable and legal access to a medicine that helps them cope with their suffering. Today, there are many patients whose lives could be improved through the use of marijuana, yet they must suffer instead out of fear that they might get arrested or because they do not know where to go to find the medicine they need.

Do Arizonans support medical marijuana?

65% of Arizona voters support the medical use of marijuana, according to a February 2009 poll. And voters have already passed medical marijuana initiatives twice in the state, in 1996 and 1998. Unfortunately, due to a technical error in the wording of these laws, patients have been unable to access this critical medicine. Prop 203 closes this loophole and give patients the protection and peace of mind.