Arizona Prepares To Accept Marijuana Applications Next Week As New Draft Legalization Rules Are Issued

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Arizona is one step closer to launching legal marijuana sales, with state regulators releasing new draft regulations as well as application forms for cannabis business licenses that will be accepted starting next week. The state Department of Health Services, which issued an earlier version of proposed rules for the market in December, recently released its second iteration, with finalized regulations expected in the coming weeks. Industry stakeholders have been encouraged by the expediency of the department’s rulemaking, which is required since voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot initiative to legalize adult-use marijuana during November’s election. Applications for existing medical cannabis operators who want to enter the recreational market will open on January 19 and close on March 9. This is a significant development, as it signals that once rules are finalized, approved applicants could start selling marijuana to all adults over 21 as early as next month. Four new required forms have been made available for applicants on the department’s site. These are largely supplemental, as they’re intended for current medical cannabis dispensaries that have already gone through the state’s existing licensing process. The forms ask for information on financing, zoning and property ownership. The newest draft regulations cover licensing fees, the timeline for license approvals, the structure of the regulatory body, product labeling, public safety protocols and more. Many of the changes to the prior draft rules are technical, but there is one notable revision concerning credentialing for cannabis workers. Rather than being credentialed for one specific facility, the worker registration will be expanded so that they’ll be certified to be employed at any cannabis operation in the industry. “I think that we’re used to this type of steadfastness and quality work from our regulators, but I think it’s interesting to see it juxtaposed with what’s happening across the country,”…

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