AZ's first medical marijuana dispensary is open

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AZ's first medical marijuana dispensary is open

CREATED Dec 6, 2012 - UPDATED: Dec 7, 2012

Reporter: Craig Smith

Web Producer: Mekita Rivas

GLENDALE, Ariz (KGUN9-TV) - Arizona's first dispensary for medical marijuana is open now. It opened its doors in Glendale Thursday morning. 

As Arizona's only legal dispensary open so far, Arizona Organix had a busy first day.

Dispensary Owner Bill Myer says, "We've got people that's come from Tucson,  we've got people that's come from Prescott. We have people that's come from Yuma. Likely they're not going to be our patients on an ongoing basis but what they're here for is to support the movement.

Mike, who did not give his last name, moved from Pennsylvania to care for his mother.  In Arizona he found he could get marijuana to care for his back injury. 

"Back east I had to get it illegally.  It's just not conducive to society.  You just can't buy illegal drugs and get away with it. Out here I'm fortunate enough to have the opportunity to get the medicinal card and I love it."
Tim says his back hurts from a motorcycle accident. He's looking for marijuana you eat in candy or rub into your skin for pain relief without the high.

"They used to make a tincture oil which really helps with pain but doesn't give you the high feeling,  you know what I mean?  But it really does help with my pain."
Cesar says he's also looking for edible marijuana for a back problem.

KGUN9 reporter Craig Smith asked him: "There are folks that are kind of skeptical of this set up and they say,  well,  people are gonna abuse it or people are going to have flimsy excuses to get their cards and such. What do you say to those people?"

Cesar: "I'd say it sucks there are people like that and that's gonna hurt some of us that really do need it and I think if they're gonna do it they need to regulate it right and give us what we need."

Now that the dispensary is open, medical marijuana users within 25 miles of it are obligated to get their marijuana there. 

Where dispensaries are unavailable, the state issues permits that allow medical marijuana users to grow limited quantities for themselves for one year. People near dispensaries who have grow permits can still grow until their permits expire.