LEGAL ALERT: Arizona Supreme Court Decides ‘Medical Marijuana’ Includes Extracted Resin
The highly anticipated Arizona Supreme Court opinion in State of Arizona v. Rodney Christopher Jones has been released: By a unanimous 7-0 vote, the Court held on Tuesday that “marijuana”, as used in the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (“AMMA”) approved by voters in 2010, includes the plant’s dried-leaf/flower form and its extracted resin, including hashish.
What does the Court’s decision mean for the medical marijuana community? It means registered qualifying patients in Arizona no longer have to worry about being convicted under Arizona criminal code for possessing allowable amounts of cannabis resin in compliance with the AMMA. By judicial precedent of the Arizona Supreme Court, the AMMA immunizes the possession and consumption of cannabis concentrates—such as infused foods or vape pens—so long as the qualifying patient does not possess more than the allowable amount.
Gammage & Burnham’s Cannabis Law team has extensive experience guiding our clients through the intricate regulatory and legal landscape of the cannabis industry. The Court’s decision on Tuesday is a wonderful development in this field. Read more here.
Michael T. Maerowitz joined Gammage & Burnham in 2017 and is an associate in the firm’s Zoning, Land Use and Real Estate practice groups. Have a question? Contact him here.