PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — Arizonans are one step closer to buying legal recreational weed after voters approved Proposition 207 this past fall. As of Tuesday afternoon, 40 of the state’s 131 medical marijuana dispensaries had submitted applications to the Arizona Department of Health Services to sell recreational marijuana.
“We are reviewing the applications in order,” said AZDHS Spokesperson Steve Elliott. “The pace of individual approvals will depend on whether each application is complete.”
Possession becomes legal when the election results are certified in about a month and sales should begin in May.
It’s unclear when the first application will be approved, but Elliott said they would be completed “promptly.” The owner of Giving Tree dispensary in North Phoenix, Lilach Mazor Power, was one of those that applied Tuesday. Mazor Power says she got up early in the morning to send it in.
“This has been a long journey. And today is a big day for all of us,” Mazor Power said. “Today marks the day that we’re this much closer to be able to share our experience with others.”