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Updated Jun 5, 2013 - 8:33 am

Arizona judge plans July hearing for pot dispensaries

PHOENIX — 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 said 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 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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