Arizonans to Begin Applying for Medical Marijuana

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PHOENIX (AP) — Medical marijuana is online in Arizona.

Beginning Thursday morning, patients can begin applying to get the drug to help treat cancer and other diseases.

Arizona voters approved the law in November, the 15th state to do so.

The Department of Health Services says the application system will be entirely online, and anyone trying to apply in person or by phone will be turned away.

Department Director Will Humble sympathizes with people who aren't computers literate but says the system must to be online to be efficient and cost effective.

He says Arizona's is aimed at avoiding problems other states have experienced, such as large numbers of unqualified people getting pot.

Once approved, patients will be allowed to buy 2 1/2 ounces of marijuana every two weeks or grow a limited amount themselves if they live 25 miles from a dispensary.

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