State Senator Kimberly Yee said she would amend her medical marijuana labeling bill --- SB 1440 --- so that a first-time violation would result in the permanent closure of legal dispensaries. This is one of many problems with the bill.
This didn't occur, and the future of medical marijuana is in jeopardy. If you are an Arizona resident, please write your legislators today.
SB 1440 is billed as a way to label medical marijuana edibles so they won't fall into the hands of children. That's a great idea, and we support it. However, the rules are vague, and the bill contains a one strike and you're out clause, which would permanently close a dispensary for even a minor violation.
Arizona voters have said "yes" to medical marijuana three times, but some elected officials ignore the will of the voters and the plight of patients.
It's clear that the intent of SB 1440 is not to protect children but to shut down licensed dispensaries that provide relief to thousands of Arizonans with serious medical conditions. It's being pushed by medical marijuana opponents and is a back-door attempt to gut the program.