Extractions for medical use are now legal in Arizona

Arizona Supreme Court legalizes medical cannabis extracts

The Arizona Supreme Court has ruled that cannabis extracts meet the definition of medical cannabis under the State Medical Marijuana Act, according to a report by Phoenix New Times. The unanimous decision effectively prevents legislators and regulators from removing extracts from dispensary shelves in addition to protecting patients from pursuing possession of concentrates.

The state currently has just over 200 people participating in the program, including more than 000 patients served by about 196 clinics. More than 000 tons of edible products in 2018 were purchased and according to state records, over 2,5 tons of products containing concentrates.

However, the decision did not prevent patients from extracting cannabis into concentrates or dispensaries from selling it. Law enforcement did not crack down on dispensaries but some patients were arrested and sentenced following the lower court's ruling, the report said.

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How did it start?

Rodney Christopher Jones was arrested in 2013 for possession of 1,4 grams of hashish and although he is a medical cannabis patient in the state, he was sentenced to two and a half years in prison in 2014. The year last, the State Court of Appeals ruled against Jones and Judge Jon W. Thompson wrote in the court's majority opinion that the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (AMMA) "says nothing about hash" .

“We believe the definition of marijuana includes both its dried leaf / flower form and the extracted resin, including hashish. - Arizona Supreme Court ruling in Rodney Christopher Jones, via the New Times

The High Court ruled that state law "defines marijuana as all parts of the plant." The word "all", one of the most complete words in the English language, means exactly that. " The advisory also explicitly protects patients and business owners from lawsuits for concentrates.

Jones' conviction was also overturned by the court.

Arizona's medical cannabis community and commerce industry can finally breathe: The state Supreme Court ruled on a crucial appeal Tuesday unanimously opposing a crackdown on resin extracts. The parties in State of Arizona v. Rodney Christopher Jones were told after 10 a.m. on Tuesday that Jones had won his appeal.

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Positive move for the marijuana industry means no change, ballpoint pen cartridges, concentrates like wax and crumble chips, infused foods and beverages, patches, tinctures and topicals will no longer be banned, as had been feared.

The question of whether the AMMA applies to resin extracts is now settled.

A unique approach for the extraction of cannabinoids

The news hit the Arizona cannabis scene like a butane explosion. Concentrates have become an important and crucial part of dispensary business; some dispensary operators have described the potential ban on concentrates as a catastrophic scenario for the industry. Patients feared that the drugs that worked for them would only be available on the black market.

Dispensaries and patients, in a blatant display of civil disobedience, completely ignored the appeal court's ruling, continuing to manufacture, sell, buy and consume vault cartridges, infused sodas, pain killer cream, dabber chips and other products containing THC extracts.

The court's ruling means eligible patients no longer have to fear prosecution for using their drugs in the most useful way.

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