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Judge plans July 16 hearing for pot dispensaries

Ina Ronquillo

Judge plans July 16 hearing for pot dispensaries

By Ina Ronquillo. CREATED Jun 5, 2013

PHOENIX (AP) - A judge has scheduled a July 16 hearing on whether applicants for would-be operators of medical marijuana dispensaries will get more time to be ready to open for business.
   
The state requires that prospective dispensary operators submit an application and be ready to open within a year of receiving a certificate at a point early in the licensing process.
   
A suit filed by some prospective operators say they've been delayed by uncertainty caused by a court fight involving another operator and a legal challenge to the medical marijuana system.
   
Those operators want more time than the state's current Aug. 7 deadline.
   
Judge Randall Warner of Maricopa County Superior Court has issued a temporary restraining order that puts the application deadline on hold pending the July 16 hearing.

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Ina Ronquillo

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Ina is a Southern Arizona native. She graduated from Nogales High School and then received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arizona with a double major in Media Arts and Communication.