Medical marijuana dispensary closes in Williams

After nearly five years, the Route 66 Wellness Center in Williams is closing its doors.

Despite a handful or regular patients, Cannabis Research Group has decided to close the doors to their medical marijuana dispensary in Williams to be closer to its main customer, Desert Springs Cancer Care in Scottsdale.

“It’s going to be a whole different situation, but we aren’t going to leave anybody high and dry in this area,” said store Manager Phillip Alexander.

Alexander said Route 66 Wellness Center will still service patients in the Williams, Ash Fork and Flagstaff area with delivery service.

“They will actual ly be able to get on a new website and pay with a credit card instead of how it’s been with cash,” Alexander said.

Route 66 Wellness Center opened in January 2013 initially, serving 60 registered medical marijuana users in the Williams area and 1,700 patients at Desert Springs Cancer Care, with approximately 1,000 in clinical trials.

The center opened following the passage of the November 2010 Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (AMMA), which allowed qualifying patients with a state issued identification car to obtain 2.5 ounces of marijuana every two weeks to treat chronic or debilitating diseases or medical conditions.

The passing of Proposition 203 made it mandatory under state law to allow for dispensaries under city ordinances.

When AMMA passed in 2010, Williams joined other cities and towns throughout the state to begin formulating their own medical marijuana ordinances.

In the spring of 2011, the Williams City Council worked with city attorneys to create rules for how dispensaries would run and be monitored in Williams.

In September 2012, Williams was presented with its first request for a medical marijuana dispensary when Cannabis Research Group met with the Williams Planning and Zoning Commission.

Despite some opposition from the community, which

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