Defeat of recreational cannabis in Arizona leads to a spike in medical card applications

Defeat of recreational cannabis in Arizona leads to a spike in medical card applications

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The five-point defeat of a ballot measure that would have legalized recreational cannabis for adults in Arizona has lead to a significant spike in applications for medical cannabis cards, according to medical cannabis doctors and clinics interviewed by the Phoenix New Times.

“We have been slammed,” a receptionist at a Phoenix-area clinic told the New Times the day after the election.

As Arizona is one of the few states that publishes data about its medical cannabis program, the New Times reported that over 80 percent of medical cannabis patients in the state have cards for “severe or chronic pain only.” While many of them are likely legitimate medical users, “Many patients are suspected to be recreational consumers — especially the younger, pain-only patients.” Some clinics even go so far as to have in-house doctors to write required previous documentation of whatever ailment a patient needs medical cannabis for. (All in all, it’s not too hard to get a medical card in Arizona.)

“Yesterday was definitely a big day,” Adriana Sorlea, officer manager at Cannabis Certification Centers, which has several offices in Arizona, told the New Times the day after the election. “A lot of people waited to see if [Proposition 205, the ballot measure] passed.”

Source – Fusion

One thought on “Defeat of recreational cannabis in Arizona leads to a spike in medical card applications

  • November 13, 2016 at 7:29 am
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    Yeesh. What a defeat that was. Although I would have liked it passed, I understand people’s concern with it being geared to only benefit businesses and not the industry. I have two young boys, so it’s probably for the best. I don’t enjoy my medical grade around them but it’s nice to have relief from back pain and be able to sit through their football games. Going forward, I hope new propositions make edibles clearly marked but, also, prevent large business tycoons from having power trips like what Fife Symington is having in Snowflake, Arizona. Read more about it here http://www.azfamily.com/story/32397501/plan-to-open-large-medical-marijuana-facility-in-snowflake-faces-opposition . They’ve been flakey on the figure theyll give the town and how many people have been hired… but, alas, I’ll keep on keeping on

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