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Maricopa County Is Still Prosecuting Patients for Marijuana Extracts

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Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, a steadfast marijuana adversary, and the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office continue to prosecute Arizona medical marijuana patients for possession of marijuana extracts. A discrepancy in the state’s medical marijuana law has left the legality of extracts to ultimately be decided by the Arizona Supreme Court, a ruling expected to come within months.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Arizona recently discovered that Montgomery’s office has still been “prosecuting or threatening to prosecute” Arizona medical marijuana patients “for possessing cannabis products sold at state-licensed dispensaries,” the Phoenix New Times reported.

ACLU of Arizona attorney, Jared Keenan, said they confirmed multiple instances where medical marijuana patients in Maricopa County were either being prosecuted or threatened with prosecution.

In a letter sent to Montgomery, the ACLU demanded he drop any prosecutions and threats. But a ruling by the Arizona Supreme Court in support of extracts is needed to stop Montgomery. The Court is expected to officially rule on extracts within a few months.

Arizona has allowed dispensaries to sell marijuana extracts since the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (AMMA) was implemented, and law enforcement has (typically) been allowing patients to possess extracts.

Until the Court rules on the extract issue, most Arizona dispensaries will likely continue to sell extracts to medical marijuana patients.

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