Giving Tree Dispensary, the only female majority-owned dispensary in Arizona, received its license to sell adult-use cannabis Jan. 22, and the dispensary is getting ready for sales to begin.
Giving Tree opened and began selling medical cannabis in 2013. Since then, it has become one of the longest-standing cannabis companies in Arizona.
Last week, the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) began accepting applications for its newly passed adult-use cannabis law. Lilach Mazor Power, Giving Tree Dispensary founder and managing director, says she submitted Giving Tree’s application the first day they opened.
Courtesy of Giving Tree Dispensary
“The applications were all online through our business account with the health department,” Power said. “From the last eight years, the health department already has a lot of information about us. So, what we had to do is fill out a one-sheet application about our facilities, upload it at the station for each board member and show a level one clearance card, and then pay $25,000 online. It took me about 10 minutes.”
A few days after Power applied, it was approved.
“Any current license holder that is already operating in the medical program and is in good standing with the health department should be approved,” she said. “Good standing means that department came and did their inspection, you passed it and fixed any corrections that they asked you to fix so that your policies and procedures are now matching the medical and adult-use market.”
Power said that the adult-use market and medical cannabis market are relatively the same, with the only key difference being quantity and dosing.
Although Giving Tree has received its license to sell adult-use cannabis, Power said that sales may not start until early February, as the dispensary moved to a new retail location Jan. 25 and is