In Depth: Sheriff’s office’s ‘expert opinion’ report on marijuana extraction is flawed, experts say

A Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputy in protective gear performing a butane marijuana extraction. The undated photo is included in MCSO’s report on marijuana extractions.

By Jerod MacDonald-Evoy | Arizona Mirror

A Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputy in protective gear performing a butane marijuana extraction. The undated photo is included in MCSO’s report on marijuana extractions.

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office has created a report for prosecutors and police to use as an expert opinion that defines the ratio of marijuana flower to extracts in the wake of an Arizona Supreme Court ruling, according to new documents obtained by Arizona Mirror.

But marijuana experts and researchers say MCSO’s findings and methodology are flawed and don’t reflect current standards in an industry that was valued at $10 billion in 2018 and is expected to grow to more than $70 billion by 2027.

“To me, this is not evidence, it’s data from non-scientists,” said Dr. Sue Sisley, a prominent marijuana researcher. 

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