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Arizona Accepting Petitions

To Expand Medical Marijuana

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Arizona Department of Health Services Director Will Humble talks to supporters of medical marijuana.
State Will Accept Petitions To Add Permanent, New Eligible Conditions In Order To Qualify For A Medical Marijuana Card From July 24 to 31

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By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

July 25, 2013 — The Arizona Department of Health Services, in conformance with the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, will accept petitions to permanently add new conditions  to the list of accepted medical conditions eligible for a medical marijuana card from July 24 to July 27.

Our medical team will meet after that to get me an initial analysis regarding whether any petitions we receive meet the screening criteria.  Assuming we receive qualified petitions, I’ll need to make a final decision by December 2013,” said Will Humble, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services.

The Arizona Medical Marijuana Act requires the ADHS to regularly accept petitions to add new medical conditions. The agency generally schedules these periods in January and July. Petitions have only been submitted once since the Act took effect. In January 2012, the ADHS accepted petitions from the public to add PTSD 1, PTSD 2, depression, migraines, and generalized anxiety disorder to the list of conditions that qualify patients to receive a Medical Marijuana Registration Card. Those petitions were rejected in July 2012, after Will Humble, director of the ADHS said the University of Arizona College of Public Health ruled that there was no medical reasons to believe the conditions would be positively impacted by patients using marijuana.

Go to the ADHS petition page

If petitions pass the initial screening, they go through a medical review and then are subject to a public hearing before Humble makes a final decision by late December. The AMMA states a decision must be made within 180 days after the petition is accepted.

According to the ADHS, they will accept requests to add a debilitating medical condition to the list of qualifying conditions for the Medical Marijuana Program until July 31 at 5 p.m. Requests received as indicated by its postmark prior to or after these dates will not be accepted.

The ADHS is expected to receive requests next in January 2014.

Go to the ADHS petition page
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