First medical marijuana dispensary opens in Ariz.

First medical marijuana dispensary opens in Ariz.

CREATED Dec 6, 2012

Web Producer: Mekita Rivas


GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Arizona's first legal medical marijuana dispensary has opened its doors in Glendale two years after voters approved the use of the drug to treat certain health problems such as chronic pain and cancer.

The Glendale dispensary is among 96 applicants chosen through a lottery system for 126 geographic areas across the state.

Several dozen people waited outside the Glendale storefront for the dispensary to open Thursday morning. They say it's a historic day for Arizona. Many of those purchasing marijuana say it works better for their ailments than prescription medications.

Arizona Organix will now be open at least 10 hours a day, seven days a week.

Earlier this week, a state judge ruled that Arizona's medical marijuana law doesn't usurp federal drug laws, clearing the way for the dispensaries to open.

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