A council that represents 900 of the state’s district attorneys, including all 15 county attorneys, leading city lawyers and Arizona’s Attorney general of the United States Mark Brnovich, have actually asked the Arizona Supreme Court to promote the ruling mentioning that marijuana extracts are prohibited under Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (AMMA).
According the Arizona Prosecuting Lawyer’ Advisory Council (APAAC), allowing extracts “batters the science of marijuana” and “would have an unhealthy effect on public policy in Arizona,” KJZZ 91.5 Radio reports. Nevertheless, these claims appear to be dubious.
Part of the APAAC’s brief says, “The capacity for addiction and abuse is greater with separated cannabis resin than cannabis plant product due to the fact that of its higher concentration of THC.”
Jared Keenan, a lawyer for the ACLU, said, “A group of district attorneys is trying to educate the court on the science of cannabis.”
Will Humble, former director of the Arizona Department of Health Solutions (ADHS), continues to argue that the AMMA consists of cannabis extracts. The Arizona Dispensaries Association and Arizona Attorneys for Lawbreaker Justice agree with Simple and continue to fight to enable cannabis extracts in Arizona.
If the court upholds the lower court’s previous judgment it would be damaging to a lot of the state’s medical marijuana patients that require concentrated types of marijuana to treat their medical conditions. For instance, kids in the state’s medical marijuana program would no longer have access to edibles or casts and would have to turn to cigarette smoking cannabis.