Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich on Monday withdrew
his office's argument to the Arizona Supreme Court that cannabis extracts
aren't covered under the state's medical marijuana law.
His office made a new motion that basically
takes the same side of the appeal by Rodney Christopher Jones, a
medical-marijuana patient convicted and imprisoned in 2014 for possessing less
than one-half gram of hashish.
It's a good sign for those who would like to see Jones
win his appeal, but the threat to extracts isn't over yet.
About 180,000 patients and dozens of
businesses across the state have been waiting anxiously since a bombshell, 2-1
decision in June by the Arizona Court of Appeals. The court ruled that the law
doesn't provide immunity for patients in possession of extracts like hashish,
hash oil, and other popular products sold in medical-marijuana dispensaries.
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