Arizona Supreme Court agrees to review legality of medical-marijuana extracts; ‘hopeful’ sign, says Laura Bianchi, Rose Law Group partner and director of Cannabis Department

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By Ray Stern | Phoenix New Times

The Arizona Supreme Court will review the legality of medical-marijuana concentrates in the state, the court decided on Tuesday, giving a boost of hope to patients and industry advocates.

“It’s definitely good news,” said Jared Keenan, a criminal justice staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union. “We’re hoping they overturn the opinion of the lower court, obviously, and protect patients.”

The medical-marijuana community has been on edge over the issue since June, when the state court of appeals ruled 2-1 that THC-bearing resin from marijuana plants, and the products that contain it, were not protected by the 2010 Arizona Medical Marijuana Act.

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“We are very pleased the Arizona Supreme Court granted the Petition to Review the Jones case and we remain hopeful they will overturn the lower court’s opinion and protect our patients.”

~Laura Bianchi

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