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First medical marijuana dispensary opens in Arizona

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said he plans to appeal the ruling that allowed Arizona’s first medical marijuana dispensary to open Thursday.

In a statement, Montgomery said the operators of the site are in violation of federal law and are “gambling with their money and their liberty.”

Arizona Organix co-owner Bill Myer said he had been waiting until the court ruling to open his dispensary, given the uncertainties of the law and legal challenges.

Dozens of people flowed through the door as it opened at 10 a.m., a small line stretching around the side of the building located beside a row of other shops, including an antiques store and tattoo parlor.

The Glendale dispensary is among 96 applicants chosen through a lottery system for 126 geographic areas across the state.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.


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