Yesterday, April 24th 2013 the first medical marijuana dispensary in Phoenix opened its doors on the city’s east side. The Bloom Dispensary is located near the light rail station at Washington and 44th Streets.
The executive director says it’s a safe, clean place for patients to get their medicine.
They’ll need their medical marijuana certification cards issued by the state, as well as a photo ID. Products available include multiple strains of the drug and marijuana foods, like brownies.
We spoke to a first-time user who is hoping marijuana can ease her chronic pain.
“I’m cautiously optimistic because I know from talking to people that this works for some people and some people it doesn’t. But I would much rather use something like this than go to a harder medication,” says Debra Howard.
“We work closely with the Arizona Department of Health Services, everything we do is reported to them, every patient that comes through here, they know about our system. Our computer system is in cahoots with theirs, it’s all in conjunction together,” says Lezli Engelking, executive director of Bloom in Phoenix.
Right now there are 38,000 medical marijuana patients in our state. Sixteen dispensaries have been approved. Another 13 are awaiting inspections to open.
Arizona issued 98 licenses for dispensaries statewide.