First medical marijuana dispensary opens in Ariz.

December 7, 2012 • Business

Customers with valid Arizona issued medical marijuana cards wait for the opening of the Arizona Organix, the first legal medical marijuana dispensary to open in Arizona, Thursday Dec. 6, 2012, in Glendale, Ariz. Several dozen waited outside for the Glendale dispensary to open, the first among 96 applicants chosen through a lottery system for 126 geographic areas across the state.(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Charles Everett says he’s been in chronic pain for eight years since being robbed and attacked in an assault that shattered his femur, requiring 11 titanium rods to put it back together.

Smoking marijuana, the musician says, dulls the discomfort, allowing him to live more of a normal life.

The 56-year-old, wearing jeans and a tie-dye Jimi Hendrix T-shirt, was among dozens of other pot smokers who lined up Thursday morning in Glendale for the grand opening of Arizona’s first legal medical marijuana dispensary.

“I’ve been waiting a long time for this,” Everett said, displaying an X-ray of his injury. “I don’t like to depend on prescription narcotics. … This is God’s green earth right Login to read more

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