In a move that’s thrown patients and dispensary owners into confusion, Arizona’s attorney general Mark Brnovich posited in court filings that only dried marijuana should be available for medical consumption. The filings suggest that possession of hashish be deemed a crime—an idea that, if enforced, could have dire consequences for those who use oils, extracts, or any food product made with the plant.
At the crux of Brnovich’s argument is his position that the voters who okay’d Arizona’s 2010 Medical Marijuana Act were authorizing the use of “usable marijuana,” which he defines as “the dried flowers of the marijuana plant, and any mixture or preparation thereof.” Extending this definition to include extracts is an “unreasonable” interpretation of the law, he says.
Of course, not everyone is on board with this interpretation of the eight-year-old law. “It started with the marijuana flower and ended up with hashish,” Will Humble, former state health director, told Capitol Media Services.
Humble headed the team that wrote Arizona’s medical marijuana regulations and says he doesn’t share Brnovich’s vision that cannabis products should illegal for the state’s patients. Furthermore, he noted that his previous department continues to regulate the sale of edible cannabis products.