Ariz lawmakers asked to clamp down on pot clubs

PHOENIX (AP) — Medical marijuana advocates are asking Arizona lawmakers to clamp down on unregulated marijuana clubs to ensure patients receive their recommended drugs within the guidelines of the new law.

There are no provisions for the so-called "compassion clubs" in the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act.

The clubs also aren't regulated by the state Department of Health Services. The DHS oversees the medical marijuana program and regulates dispensaries where patients and caregivers can legally buy marijuana.

The Arizona Republic (http://bit.ly/V0hXLT) reports the clubs have popped up statewide as patients waited for the opening of dispensaries.

The openings were delayed because of prolonged legal battles between medical marijuana advocates and state and county officials.

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Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com

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