The Arizona Legislature passed SB1494 on May 27. The bill is now headed to Governor Doug Ducey’s desk. With his signature it will become law.
SB1494 would require the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) to create standards for third-party labs to test medical marijuana grown in the state for contaminates and toxins such as mold, pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides.
Under the bill, independent third-party testing labs would face a state application fee of up to $5,000 and a renewal fee of up to $1,000 to operate.
Required medical marijuana testing will begin on Nov 1, 2020, if Governor Ducey signs the bill.
Currently, many Arizona dispensaries and cultivator voluntarily choose to test their medical marijuana for toxins. However, SB1494 would require all business test. And any marijuana found to contain toxins would have to be destroyed.
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