Does new medical marijuana ordinance mean a booming industry?

GLENDALE, Ariz. – The city of Glendale has approved an ordinance that allows more space and longer business hours for medical marijuana dispensaries.

On Tuesday, the city council members approved O18-16, which will now allow dispensaries to be open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., instead of 8 p.m., and to triple in size up to 6,000 square feet.

The executive director of the Marijuana Industry Trade Association in Arizona, Demitri Downing, calls this an improvement to the booming medical marijuana industry.

“Improvement in medical marijuana ordinance means improvement in access to patients and an improvement of the medical marijuana program for the state of Arizona,” said Downing.

According to the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), the amount of qualifying patients who consume the cannabis has grown since the medical marijuana law was passed in December 2010.

According to ADHS, at the end of 2017, there were 152,979 qualified patients. In 2016, there were 114,439, and in 2015, there were 92,705.

The amount of medical marijuana sold has also gone up since the state’s cannabis program started.

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