KINGMAN, Ariz. — The first marijuana dispensary in northwest Arizona has opened 2½ years after voters in the Grand Canyon state approved regulated use of marijuana for medical purposes.
A host of legal challenges and regulatory hurdles had stalled implementation of the program that allows certified card holders to buy up to 5 ounces of pot each month at certified dispensaries.
Mohave Green opened Monday in the El Rio Professional Plaza on state Route 95 in Fort Mohave. Curtis Devine, agent for the enterprise, said the first two dozen customers were middle-age or senior citizens.
“They’re absolutely thrilled about it to tell you the truth. They’ve been waiting a long time,” Devine said. “They’re thrilled that they can make a legal purchase without fear of repercussion.”
Devine said the store is now supplied with nine types of marijuana and 15 edible products provided by dispensaries in Phoenix. The operation intends to become self-sustaining, with product supplied by its own off-site grow in the future.
Mohave Green is the ninth Arizona dispensary certified to distribute marijuana and the second provider to also be licensed to grow its own product. Devine said local professionals — doctors, attorneys and accountants who believe in marijuana — are involved in the venture and are fully committed to strict regulatory compliance.
Devine said law enforcement officials will be invited to conduct “walk-throughs” as a show of good faith for a lawful operation. He also said they intend to use some proceeds to fund a highly visible community project as a testament to the merits of the medical marijuana program.