Arizona Department of Health Services Releases Strict Prop 203 Rules
Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 12/16/2010 in Medical Marijuana Laws
The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) released its first draft of rules regarding the state’s mandatory medical marijuana registry program, which means patients are one step closer to being able to use medical marijuana safely and legally in Arizona. But there is sure to be debate in the coming weeks as the 47-page draft of proposed rules are more strict than many other medical marijuana states.
According to the director of the Arizona Department of Health Services it is likely that only 20,000 Arizona patients will qualify for medical marijuana patients under the new rules, compared to an earlier estimate of 100,000 patients.
The draft rules also place additional restrictions on the definition of a doctor-patient relationship, stating that a patient must have had a relationship with a doctor for at least a year and been seen at least four times for a condition in order to qualify. The rules do allow patients to seek a recommendation from a different doctor, though, but he or she must take “primary responsibility” for treatment of the condition.
The ADHS claims that this is their way of making sure Prop 203 is the medical-marijuana act, not the recreational-marijuana act. Let’s wait and see how the final rules turn out. Several public hearings are planned, with final rules expected by the end of March.