Medical Marijuana Implementation

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In November, Arizona voters approved Proposition 203, which exempts some people from the state’s controlled substance laws. In Arizona, however, it will be some time before medical marijuana becomes a state-wide law. The Arizona Department of Health Services has proposed a timeline for the development of Proposition 203 implementation guidelines. So far, the important time periods that must be closely observed are as follows:
The first draught of the medicinal marijuana rules should be released and accessible for public comment on this date.
The deadline for public comment on the above-mentioned initial draught of the rules is January 7, 2011.
On January 31, 2011, the second draught of the rules will be revealed. It will once again be available for casual remark, as it was in the previous draught.
From February 21 to March 18, 2011, more official public hearings on the proposed rules will be held, after which the final regulations will be presented to the Secretary of State and made available on the Office of Administrative Rules website.
Medical marijuana legislation will go into effect in April 2011 and will be published in the Arizona Administrative Register.
During the consultation process, it is vital that interested parties submit briefs and/or give oral presentations as needed. The State may be persuaded to restrict the product or those who may qualify for it unreasonably if there is no voice to argue for patients’ rights.
Some key items to remember regarding Proposition 203’s implications: -Physicians have the right to prescribe medical marijuana to their patients in certain circumstances. The term “physician” does not only refer to medical doctors. Osteopaths licenced under Title 32, Chapter 17; naturopaths licenced under Title 32, Chapter 14; and homoeopaths licenced under Title 32, Chapter 29 may be permitted to advise their patients on marijuana use.
– To be prescribed medical marijuana, a person must be a “qualified patient.” A qualifying patient is someone who has been diagnosed by a “physician” with a “debilitating medical condition” (as specified above).
– Cancer, glaucoma, HIV positive status, AIDS, hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, or Alzheimer’s disease agitation, as well as its treatment, are all incapacitating medical conditions.
• Any other medical condition or its treatment added by the Department of Health Services pursuant to Section 36-2801.01; cachexia or wasting syndrome; severe and chronic pain; severe nausea; seizures, including epilepsy-like seizures; or severe and persistent pain
This last qualifying requirement’s significance in the regulatory procedure cannot be emphasised. Despite the fact that Proposition 203 allows the public to petition the Department of Health Services to add conditions to this provision, bureaucracy is notorious for being difficult to change. During the public discussions that take place between December and March, the original discretionary rules for new treatments may be applied, but this isn’t certain.