Ariz. awarding certificates for pot dispensaries
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PHOENIX (AP) - State officials have started picking winners for nearly 100 certificates to run medical marijuana dispensaries in what is a key implementation step for the voter-created health program.
The process is like those used in bingo games, with a machine with air-blown balls randomly selecting winners for districts around the state.
The Department of Health Services says 486 applications were submitted for the 126 dispensary licenses and that 432 met required qualifications.
However, some districts only have one applicant and others have none.
The first applications chosen in Tuesday's drawings were one each in several dispensary districts for Mohave County.
Thousands of individuals already have state permits to use medical marijuana, but they've had to grow pot or get it from other permitted individuals pending the establishment of dispensaries.
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