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Recreational marijuana could be available within days

• Arizona Capitol Times

State health officials began accepting applications Tuesday to run some of the more than 120 recreational sites that voters agreed to allow in November to sell marijuana to anyone.

On paper, the state has up to 60 days to review and approve. But agency spokesman Steve Elliott told Capitol Media Services it's not going to take anywhere near that long.

"Our goal is not to be a barrier," he said.

So could licenses be in place and sales begin this week?

"We'll see," said Elliott.

The process should be fairly simple as the initial batch of retail sales licenses will be going to shops already set up to provide medical marijuana. These are places where the owners and the employees already have been vetted by the state.

But it's not automatic.