Suit targets rules for medicalmarijuana dispensaries

As if medical marijuana wasn’t being litigated enough in Arizona, yet another lawsuit takes aim at the rules governing dispensaries.

The special action, among six suits involving the state’s fledgling program, claims the rules give unfair advantage to local businesses in violation of federal law and the state and federal constitutions.

Gerald Gaines, CEO of the for-profit Compassion First AZ, had hoped to oversee a string of dispensaries operated by “affiliate” managers who would apply for dispensary permits. Some of those managers, however, fail to meet the criteria because they haven’t been Arizona residents for three years, haven’t filed three years worth more at