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OK to grow medical pot ending in Phoenix area

Associated Press Modified: November 16, 2012 at 2:32 pm •  Published: November 16, 2012

A Tucson dispensary is to be inspected Tuesday, and Humble said approval of a license would restrict growing rights in Tucson.

The Glendale and Tucson dispensaries were among 96 applicants chosen through a lottery system for 126 geographic areas covering the state. There were no applications for some of the areas, mostly on Indian reservations and other rural areas.

Voters in 2010 approved Arizona's medical marijuana law, which authorizes the use of marijuana to treat certain medical conditions such as chronic pain and cancer.

Implementation of the law's dispensary provisions was delayed by legal wrangling, and the overall legal status of the law remains unsettled.

A Maricopa County Superior Court judge is considering state and county prosecutors' arguments that the state's law conflicts with federal drug laws.

Prosecutors made those arguments in opposing a would-be dispensary operator's lawsuit that challenges the county's refusal to provide zoning clearances for a dispensary in Sun City.