Arizona grants 13 new recreational marijuana sales licenses following lottery

Marijuana (file) (American Heart Association)

Just one day before 4/20, officials with the Arizona Department of Health Services have allocated 13 new marijuana sales licenses.

Accountants hired by the Arizona Department of Health Services used a bingo machine on April 19 to randomly select lottery winners, who will be allowed to sell marijuana to adults.

The new licensees, according to a document released by state health officials, are located in rural areas, and include:

Apache County

  • Apache County Dispensary LLC of Springerville
  • Springerville Smoke, LLC of Springerville

Cochise County

  • Formula 420 Cannabis, LLC of Douglas

Gila County

  • Gila Dreams X, LLC of Payson
  • Lawrence Health Services LLC of Globe

Graham County

  • Piper's Shop LLC of Safford

Greenlee County

  • 101010 Management LLC of Clifton
  • Sonoran Flower LLC of Clifton

La Paz County

  • AGI Management LLC of Quartzsite
  • FJM Group LLC of Quartzsite

Santa Cruz County

  • Cactus Bloom Facilities Management LLC of Tubac
  • MK Associates LLC

Yuma County

  • Yuma County Dispensary LLC of San Luis

(Courtesy: Arizona Department of Health Services)

Drawing took place just months after Proposition 207's passage

April 19's drawing came just over five months after voters in Arizona passed Proposition 207, which legalized recreational marijuana in the state.

Related: Arizona approves Prop 207 recreational pot and Prop 208 schools tax hike

Under the new law, people 21 and older can grow their own plants and legally possess up to an ounce (28 grams) of marijuana or a smaller quantity of "concentrates" such as hashish. Possession of between 1 ounce and 2.5 ounces (70 grams) is a petty offense carrying a maximum $300 fine.

In addition, recreational marijuana sales were legalized, and people can grow their own plants.

The law also enacts a 16% excise tax on marijuana on top of the standard sales tax, with the proceeds going to community colleges and various local and state projects and programs.

Arizona prosecutors dropped thousands of marijuana possession cases after the measure was approved.

Related: Majority of Arizona counties to drop marijuana-related charges

At the time the ballot measure was approved by voters, retail sales of marijuana were expected to start in May, but on Jan. 22, officials with the Arizona Department of Health Services announced that it has approved the issuance of sales licenses for 86 facilities.

Arizona has had medical marijuana dispensaries for a decade.

Related: Recreational marijuana sales begin in Arizona; what you need to know

The Associated Press (AP) contributed to this report.

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