Republican Gov. Doug Ducey of Arizona has only one extra day to signal a invoice that may require lab testing of medical marijuana merchandise and scale back the fee to sufferers who entry the state’s medicinal hashish program. The measure, Senate Bill 1494, would require the testing of hashish merchandise for pesticides, mould, and fungus by November 1, 2020, and mandates that the state Department of Health Services implement requirements for the certification of hashish analytical testing laboratories.
SB 1494 was handed unanimously by each homes of Arizona’s legislature on May 27, within the House of Representatives by a vote of 60 to zero and within the state Senate by a margin of 28 to zero.
Republican Rep. Nancy Barto of Phoenix informed her colleagues within the House earlier than the vote that the federal government ought to guarantee the standard and security of medical marijuana merchandise bought within the state.
“We had some serious testimony on it just pointing out the need to make sure the quality of what is being prescribed is there and not being contaminated and hurting those that are consuming this product,” Barto stated.
Bill Reduces Patient Fees
Before the invoice was permitted by the legislature, Democratic Rep. Randy Freise of Tucson added an modification to the measure that will increase to two years the period of time that medical marijuana identification playing cards issued by the state are legitimate. The identification playing cards, that are required for sufferers and price $150, are presently good for just one yr.
“A lot of work went into this with a lot of stakeholders,” Friese advised his fellow representatives when he launched the modification.
Last yr, a invoice that might have decreased the annual payment for identification playing cards from $150 to $75 was rejected by Democrats as a result of it didn’t go far sufficient, in accordance to Republican Rep. Kevin Payne of Peoria.
“This year we said let’s double the amount of time the card is good for, that’s just as good,” stated Payne.
Ensuring Cannabis is Safe
Payne added that Arizona‘s cannabis industry should prioritize the safety of medical marijuana for the state’s sufferers.
“Marijuana wants to be treated like medicine, it ought to be acting like medicine,” he stated. “I want them to have testing. Even aspirin has a label on it.”
SB 1494 is supported by the Arizona Public Health Association and the Arizona Cannabis Laboratory Association. The Arizona Department of Health Services, the Arizona Dispensaries Association, and two giant hashish producers, Copperstate Farms and Harvest Health and Recreation, haven’t taken a place on the measure.
Demitri Downing, the founding father of the Marijuana Industry Trade Association, characterised SB 1494 as a “compromise bill that doesn’t contain everything that everyone wanted, but that’s what good legislation does.”
Ducey has till Saturday to signal or veto SB 1494. If he does nothing, the invoice will nonetheless go into impact with out his endorsement.