In Arizona A New Medical Marijuana Proposal Emerges For 2018 Ballot

Published: Monday, November 21, 2016 - 7:59am
Updated: Monday, November 21, 2016 - 8:00am

Less than a month after voters rejected allowing marijuana for recreational use, there's a new and scaled back proposal emerging for the 2018 ballot.

The initiative, crafted by operators of a medical marijuana dispensary,  would expand the list of conditions for which a doctor could recommend pot, and make it easier and cheaper for patients to get it, including allowing some to grow their own.

"It would add 20 new debilitating conditions," said Campaign chairman Timothy Cronin. "It would take the state fee from $150 to a $10 application fee. It would change the 25-mile rule that a patient can grow from a dispensary to one mile. It would also make it so that out-of-state patients could obtain medical marijuana from a dispensary.”

Right now, patients from out of state cannot obtain medical mariguana in Arizona.

Proponents, the operators of the Independent Wellness Center, a medical marijuana dispensary in Apache Junction, need 150,642 valid petition signatures by July of 2018, to put the measure before voters in two years.

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