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Pinal lawmaker fails to get stricter regulations on medical marijuana

Sat, Feb 24, 2018

Pinal County

PHOENIX — Sometime next year medical marijuana users will get a guarantee of sorts that the drugs they are buying are as good as they’ve been promised.

And they’ll know if it’s got mold, disease-causing bacteria or other adulterants.

With only three lawmakers in dissent, the Senate voted Thursday to require the state Department of Agriculture to test what’s being sold at the state-regulated dispensaries around the state. SB 1420 now goes to the House.

Pinal County Rep. Vince Leach, R-Saddlebrooke, was unable to get sufficient votes for HB 2066 which would have allowed state health officials to use some of the money collected from medical marijuana patients in fees for programs to create and publicize messages aimed at youth about the “dangers of marijuana.’’

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, Arizona State Legislature, Vince Leach, HB066

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