May 21, 2012 1:10 PM
TUCSON - So far, 44 applications for medical marijuana dispensaries have been received by the Arizona Department of Health Services - only four applications have been received in Southern Arizona.
Under Arizona law, there is one marijuana dispensary allowed in each of the state's 126 Community Health Analysis Areas (CHAAs), created by analyzing census data. There are 26 total CHAAs in Southern Arizona - meaning 26 dispensaries could potentially open. But so far, ADHS has only received four total applications in Southern Arizona: two in Tucson (in the East Central and East CHAAs), one in Bisbee, Arizona, and one in Ajo, Arizona.
In contrast, eleven of the 44 applications received so far have been for the two dispensary zones in Flagstaff.
Applications will be accepted until the end of this week - Friday, May 25, at 5 p.m. Dispensary certificates will be awarded 60 days after the ADHS began taking applications.
For more information on the state's medical marijuana program, click here to visit the ADHS information hub.