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Police officials raid South Phoenix marijuana growing facility

Published On: 11-28-2016 in Category: drug bust, drugs, substance abuse


Marijuana use is widespread among the American population. However, there are several states, including the state of Arizona, where the sale, possession and distribution of marijuana is highly regulated by both state and federal laws. Marijuana is categorized as “Schedule I” controlled substance in the state and those dealing in the drug are considered as criminals.

An investigation by a drug task force consisting of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Phoenix police and other related agencies led to the raid of nine units of the industrial building in 40th Street and Southern Avenue of South Phoenix. The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) arrested three people, who claimed to be running a legitimate medical marijuana business. The drive also led the seizure of hundreds of marijuana plants, approximately worth $14 million per year, housed in two warehouses, which had the capacity to produce 1,000 pounds of pot every 90 days.

“This is not just a marijuana problem. It can’t avoid danger to the citizens,” said Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. “If that thing blew up you’re going to take down some other buildings. That’s how big that is,” he said while referring to a previous explosion in Bronx in early September, which claimed the life of a New York City fire department chief and hurt 20 others.

Marijuana laws in Arizona

There are several factors which determine the penalties for an individual convicted of crimes related to possession of marijuana, with an intention for personal use or for sale. In addition to prison time, anyone found guilty of possessing marijuana is required to pay a fine of up to $150,000, as determined by the court.

The Arizona medical marijuana industry is regulated by the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (AMMA), operated by the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), implemented in 2010.  At present, there are approximately 40,000 medical marijuana patients and approximately 100 state-licensed dispensaries operating in the state. According to the AMMA, it is possible to cultivate marijuana by licensed grow houses or dispensaries, only if they are in compliance with the prevailing marijuana cultivation laws in the state.  As per the law, marijuana must be cultivated in an enclosed area, which is out of the public view.

However, if a critical patient, who is dependent on marijuana, lives more than 25 miles from a designated dispensary, he or she, including the caregiver, may be approved by the ADHS to grow medical marijuana, while adhering to Arizona marijuana cultivation laws.

Getting rid of addiction is possible

Marijuana is highly addictive and one needs proper medical assistance to come out of its clutches. Help from a recognized drug addiction treatment clinic can be really beneficial in kicking the addiction forever.

It takes patience, compassion, specialized treatment and a lot of care during the entire treatment process to get rid of harmful consequences of substance abuse. If you or your loved one is looking for a specialized drug treatment facility, you may call the Phoenix Drug Treatment and Rehab Center at 480-696-5152 for necessary therapeutic interventions and services.

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