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12/18/2012 12:14:00 PM
Williams marijuana dispensary likely to open in January
Official with Route 66 Wellness Center expects dispensary to be open 30 hours per week
Route 66 Wellness Center, 341 E. Route 66, a medical marijuana dispensary, will likely open some time in January. Ryan Williams/WGCN
Route 66 Wellness Center, 341 E. Route 66, a medical marijuana dispensary, will likely open some time in January. Ryan Williams/WGCN
Marissa Freireich

WILLIAMS, Ariz. - An official with a medical marijuana dispensary planned in Williams believes it will open its doors next month.

Cannabis Research Group has installed security measures and completed the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) requirements for the dispensary, located at 341 E. Route 66.

"We're very, very close," said Tim Moore, president of Cannabis Research Group, adding that they are just putting on the finishing touches.

Moore hopes to have ADHS officials inspect the Route 66 Wellness Center in the first week of January.

"Our plan moving forward is opening the week after our inspection from DHS," he said.

Moore is unsure of how many people the Route 66 Wellness Center will employ.

The ADHS minimum requirement for hours of operation is 30 hours per week.

"At this point I don't think we'll exceed that," he said.

Two weeks ago a Maricopa County Superior Court judge ruled that the county must process the required zoning paperwork for a dispensary in Sun City, Ariz. The decision also states that federal laws prohibiting marijuana use do not preempt the state law.

Moore was pleased with the Dec. 4 ruling.

"It gives us all a chance to move forward with the medical marijuana initiative in Arizona," he said.

Arizona's Medical Marijuana Act passed in November 2010. Qualifying patients with a state issued identification card may obtain 2 1/2 ounces of marijuana every two weeks to treat chronic or debilitating diseases or medical conditions.

The Williams Planning and Zoning Commission voted 3-1 on Sept. 20 to recommend the city council approve the dispensary. The Williams City Council unanimously approved the facility Sept. 27.

While the dispensary will primarily focus on providing medical marijuana to patients at Desert Springs Cancer Care in Scottsdale, Ariz. the dispensary will also serve people in and around Williams with medical marijuana cards.

"We look forward to servicing medical marijuana patients in northern Arizona in the very near future," Moore said.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, February 23, 2013
Article comment by: Eric Hayden

Medical marijuana cards are getting easier and easier to get as a pain cover. And remember, nothing about this is non-profit...

Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Article comment by: dont be stupid

If you yourself are not sick with cancer, aids, or a deadly disease and are against this medicine.Your uneducated and a disgrace to our nation.If you dont need it,its none of your business its that simple.They dont just give cards away this isnt reefer madness calm down and shut up.

Posted: Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Article comment by: Jane Turner

It so great to be able to vote our present officials out of office. It is imperative to hold them accountable and keep asking questions as to why they vote the way they vote. Are they in it for the town or for themselves? Are they on the take? Remember, we hold the reigns. We have the power to change this town for the better. Tell your friends and family to get out there and vote. It's our children's future.

Posted: Monday, December 24, 2012
Article comment by: Williams Resident

Dee Williams and 'toe pain'??
Are you serious?? Is any decent Doctor going to give you a legal dope card for 'toe pain'?? OMG, please let us know who this doctor is because I certainly do not want to go to him/her

Posted: Saturday, December 22, 2012
Article comment by: Zak Lybrand

I'll oppose this business when someone can show me definitive, subjective proof that marijuana is bad and raises crime rates. In the meantime, I wish Mr. Moore good luck!

Posted: Saturday, December 22, 2012
Article comment by: Call Me Skeptical

I drove by this building the other day and saw two VERY expensive and lavish SUV's sitting outside. For a group that claims to be not-for-profit, they sure are rolling in the dough! Hmm, I wonder how they make their side cash...

Posted: Thursday, December 20, 2012
Article comment by: Ron Pauly

Ron i guess you dont know pot is all around you and has been for years.
Now if we can figure out what theyre on in Washington?

Posted: Thursday, December 20, 2012
Article comment by: Jon Grundy

I'm going to the grand opening where the mayor welcomes our newest business to Williams. Everyone is invited. Bring the whole family to get you balloons and free brownies.

Posted: Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Article comment by: Dee Williams

I can hardly wait. I'm getting my medical card next week for a bad toe pain so I'm good to go. If I have any pot left over, come see me ha ha.

Posted: Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Article comment by: Ron Miller

This will make our little tourist town so much better. We will have so much more crime and accidents. Breath in and smell the wonderful aroma and watch addicts smoke weed. dorget the fresh mountain air. Have fun police!

Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Article comment by: Cheech Marin

Its High Time This happens

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