Ariz. says phase-out of OK to grow pot postponed

Associated Press Modified: November 20, 2012 at 11:30 am •  Published: November 20, 2012
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PHOENIX (AP) — State health officials say a delay in opening the first medical marijuana dispensary in the Phoenix area means there will be a delay in starting to phase out cardholders' authorizations to grow their own.

A Glendale dispensary Thursday became the first to be licensed. The Department of Health Services said the licensing triggered a medical marijuana law provision that will phase out growing authorizations for cardholders in nearly all of the Phoenix area as cards come up for annual renewals.

However, the department now says the Glendale dispensary isn't ready to open and its license's effective date will be reset in early December.

The department says that means the phase-out of growing authorizations for Phoenix-area cardholders hasn't started.

A Tucson dispensary is scheduled to be inspected Tuesday.