Right now, it's legal for medical marijuana licensed cultivators to grow pot in their own homes. But in a few weeks that might change.
"I've had a lot of motorcycle injuries and a lot of pain," said Scott, a grower who asked that CBS 5 News not use his last name.
Scott has his medical marijuana card and decided to grow his pot at home. "We've invested a lot of money to actually make this work. We're talking $3,000 to $5,000, just to start," he said.
That's a good chunk of change to get his indoor pot garden growing.
It's money Scott said he might as well throw out the window once dispensaries open.
"The dispensaries are very good, I'm all for dispensaries but it's this 25-mile rule that's going to come into play," he said.
According to Arizona law, marijuana cultivators living within 25 miles of a dispensary won't be allowed to grow at home.
"The 25 miles is based on as the crow flies, so you can be over a mountain or, you know, it could be very far and there's still going to be a dispensary within that 25 miles," Scott said.
"We've submitted our dispensary application," said WeGrow owner Sunny Singh.
On the flip side are businesses like WeGrow. It was originally set up to be a dispensary, but was put on hold during the medical marijuana debate.
Even though Singh said it's good business for him, he definitely feels bad for the little guy.
"It's like a catch 22 for us because I can say, 'Oh, it's great the dispensaries are open,' but at the same time customers have been keeping us alive for the last year so we're kind of throwing them under the bus," he said.
Officials are set to decide which dispensaries can move forward the first week in August.
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