Arizona Supreme Court Justices Appear to Favor Medical-Marijuana Extracts
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Arizona Supreme Court Justices Appear to Favor Medical-Marijuana Extracts

The case questions the scope of the 2010 Arizona Medical Marijuana Act.

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March 20, 2019

Several Arizona Supreme Court justices appeared to favor medical-marijuana extracts during oral arguments on Tuesday in a case that could determine the future of medical marijuana in this state.

The case, State of Arizona v. Rodney Christopher Jones, questions the scope of the 2010 Arizona Medical Marijuana Act and the issue of whether it includes products containing resin extracted from the marijuana plant.

In a packed auditorium at ASU's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, each side presented divergent interpretations of what voters intended as the definition of marijuana when they enacted the medical-marijuana law via ballot initiative nine years ago. They also hashed out the finer points of how marijuana is prepared or consumed so that a patient can reap its medicinal benefits.

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