Arizona Will Award 4 Medical-Marijuana Dispensing Licenses in Mesa

Mesa will find out this week who will be authorized to operate the four medical-marijuana dispensaries likely to set up shop in the city.

The Arizona Department of Health Services will conduct a lottery on Tuesday to choose from the scores of applicants vying for the business of people legally authorized to use marijuana.

Mesa has five of Arizona’s 126 so-called community health analysis areas, each of which is authorized to have one dispensary.

Gordon Sheffield, Mesa’s zoning administrator, said Mesa probably will wind up with only four dispensaries, however.

That’s because the central Mesa district has no areas that are eligible under the city’s zoning law.

The City Council immediately began wrestling with where to allow dispensaries after Arizona voters in 2010 gave razor-thin approval to Proposition 203, which allows the sale of medical-grade marijuana to people who have a doctor’s permission to use it for certain conditions.

– Read the entire article at AZ Central.