Local ordinances will keep evolving
Before Proposition 203 passed in Arizona, the city of Tucson passed an ordinance on September 22nd setting operating hours for medical marijuana dispensaries within Tucson city limits. A reporter for the Arizona Daily Star wrote about city ordinances throughout the state that include a statement about Tucson setting a precedent with a 9 AM to 5 PM. However, on November 23rd, an addendum was passed in the Tucson City Council that changed the operational hours from 9 AM to 7 PM.
This time span, although short, is much more aligned with dispensary hours of cities within the state of Colorado. Cities in Arizona may have preemptively passed ordinances putting unreasonable restrictions on dispensaries, but these are subject to change and are not written in stone. Local reporters may not have the latest information and the city websites don’t regularly upload the latest version of the ordinance. This is part of the process and the local media still has a bias towards the sensational side of marijuana instead of information that is relevant to caregivers and patients.
The ordinance amendment regarding Tucson can be found here. Please refer to agenda item 10 within the Action Summary page.