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Monday, February 11, 2013

AZ medical marijuana law may get some unwanted changes

A state lawmaker seeks to add new regulations on medical marijuana in Arizona with new bills that could make dispensing harder, and lead to the destruction of personal and local business property.

Sen. Kimberly Yee, R-Phoenix, is proposing two bills to tighten the grips around Arizona's medical marijuana program. She wants local dispensaries to add warning labels on edible cannabis products such as brownies and lollipops similar to the U.S. surgeon general’s warning labels on cigarettes. This is her solution in an effort to keep these products out of the hands of children, as if these warning labels keep cigarettes and alcohol out of the hands of our kids now.

Most can agree that a label stating to "Keep out of reach of children" is a good idea, however suggesting a "surgeon general’s" type warning could just continue the myth that marijuana is as dangerous as cigarettes, which is not the case in the slightest, especially on edible marijuana products. What exactly is there to warn about concerning health, "May suppress pain and slow the growth of cancer"?

Some feel that more suitable labeling would be more like that of a prescription medication, adding a more official medical appeal to the drug for it's intended purpose.

The other bill would give police the right to dispose of medical marijuana seized during criminal investigations rather then returning the property to it's owner. Currently police hold plants and prescription marijuana until a court requires them to return it to the patient or business that owns the legal drug. But under the new bill, police will be able to destroy the personal property of these individuals at their own discretion if passed.

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