(Source: CBS 5 News) Arizona Organix will make its first sale to a cancer patient at 10 a.m.
GLENDALE, AZ (CBS5/AP) -
Arizona's first legal medical marijuana dispensary officially opened its doors in Glendale on Thursday.
Arizona Organix made its first sale to a cancer patient at 10 a.m. Several dozen people waited outside the Glendale storefront for the dispensary to open Thursday morning.
They said it was a historic day for Arizona. Many patients said the medicinal pot works better for their ailments than prescription medications.
Arizona Organix will now be open at least 10 hours a day, seven days a week.
Earlier this week, a Superior Court judge ruled federal drug laws do not stand in the way of Arizona's medical marijuana laws.
The dispensary opens two years after voters approved the use of the drug to treat certain health problems such as chronic pain and cancer.
The Glendale dispensary is among 96 applicants chosen through a lottery system for 126 geographic areas across the state.
While the law allows medical marijuana applicants to also seek growing authorizations, that right will end when a dispensary opens within 25 miles of where a patient lives. The Glendale site's opening will mean the end of legal growing for everyone in Phoenix.
Copyright 2012 CBS 5(Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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