Arizona judge upholds denial for marijuana grower

PHOENIX (AP) — An administrative law judge in Phoenix has denied a Gold Canyon man's effort to keep growing medical marijuana at his home in spite of his proximity to a dispensary.

The judge last week upheld the Arizona Department of Health Services' denial of Arlin Troutt's request to renew his ability to cultivate.

Troutt had been growing marijuana for his own use before the dispensary opened but was denied upon renewal of his medical marijuana card.

Troutt argued in court that the 25-mile requirement should apply to the round-trip distance from the cardholder's address.

According to current state law, cultivation is permitted only for individuals who reside more than 25 miles away from an operating dispensary.

State health officials, however, are looking into revising how the 25-mile law is applied.

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