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Arizona Senator Claims Dispensaries Should Owe the State Millions

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By Associated Press

(AP) — Arizona’s Legislature missed an important opportunity last week to not only collect significant tax revenue it may be owed but also add more oversight to the state’s medical marijuana industry.

A bill sponsored by Sen. Sonny Borrelli, R-Lake Havasu City, would have required the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) to turn over marijuana sales figures from state-licensed dispensaries to the Revenue Department upon request.

Borrelli says the bill is designed to close an obvious loophole in state law that may be costing the state some $40 million in tax revenue a year. It would also allow the ADHS to perform spot inspections of dispensaries just as it does for restaurants.

Democrats killed the bill in the House, where the Republicans hold a very narrow majority. Democrats held enough sway in the Senate to reject an earlier Borrelli bill that would have required marijuana sold at dispensaries to be tested for contaminants such as pesticides.

Opponents of both measures highlighted the burdens it would place on the industry.

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