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Marijuana Concentrates Okay for Patients, Arizona Supreme Court Rules

The Arizona medical marijuana community and business industry can finally exhale: The state Supreme Court decided a crucial appeal on Tuesday by siding 7-0 with patients and state voters on marijuana resin extracts.

Parties in the case of State of Arizona v. Rodney Christopher Jones received word just after 10 a.m. on Tuesday that Jones had won his appeal.

“We hold that [Arizona Medical Marijuana Act’s] definition of marijuana includes both its dried-leaf/flower form and extracted resin, including hashish,” the court stated in its unanimous ruling.

The positive ruling for the medical marijuana industry means no change — vape-pen cartridges, concentrates like shatter and wax, infused food and drinks, patches, tinctures, and topicals will not be banned, as had been feared.

The question of whether the AMMA applies to resin extracts is now settled.

If the high court had ruled instead that the voter-approved 2010 Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (AMMA) doesn’t cover extracts, some of the most popular and medically efficacious products would have been taken from dispensary shelves and relegated to felony status. [Read more at Phoenix News Times]

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