Co-Chair Medical Marijuana Department Ryan Hurley talks to KTAR about lottery DHS planned lottery

Decision day today for medical-pot dispensaries

By Jim Cross


The future comes down to a powerball-style lottery.

The lottery to select 99 medical marijuana dispensaries across the state out of almost 500 applicants is planned for Tuesday morning. The lottery can be watched here.

“Ping-Pong balls and a hopper. So it’s an interesting bit of theatre to go along with this,” said attorney Ryan Hurley.

Hurley, of the Rose Law Group, represents almost two dozen applicants. It’s unlikely that all of them will be selected as dispensaries.

“It’s hard when you’ve worked for over a year and a half and sunk a lot of your time, money and effort into it and try to do things the right the way and hope that you’re the one that gets selected.”

Hurley doesn’t believe a lottery using numbered balls was the best way to select medical-marijuana dispensaries.

“We thought a merit-based system would have been the best way to go. For whatever reason the Arizona Department of Health Services decided to proceed this way and we complied. It’s going to be interesting to see who ends up with the selection.”



[EDITORIAL] Medical pot is here to stay, like it or not/The Arizona Republic

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