It took six years, but the outcome is a win for medical marijuana patients and advocates across the state.
If you live in Arizona and rely on medical cannabis for its therapeutic benefits, you’ve likely heard of—and maybe even kept tabs on the progress of—the State of Arizona v. Rodney Christopher Jones criminal case. If not, here’s a quick breakdown:
In 2013, Arizona mmj patient Rodney Jones was charged with possession for having 0.05 ounces of hashish (roughly the size of your fingertip), which the trial court claimed was illegal under the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (AMMA). Jones was convicted and spent two and a half years in prison.
On May 28, 2019, the Arizona Supreme Court reversed the lower court’s ruling.
Amid growing awareness about the benefits of mmj and its potential to help treat a broad range of medical conditions, the supreme court agreed a more in-depth examination of Jones’ case was warranted.
After reviewing the definition of marijuana, which state law clearly defines as “all parts of any plant of the genus cannabis whether growing or not, and the seeds of such plant,” it was determined that yes, hashish is legal under AMMA. According to their final ruling:
“We hold that the definition of marijuana in § 36-2801(8) includes resin, and by extension hashish, and that § 36-2811(B)(1) immunizes the use of such marijuana consistent with AMMA.”
Which, by definition, means cannabis concentrates are also legal.
(Though the terms “extract” and “concentrate” are often used interchangeably when referring to cannabis, a distinction is sometimes made based on whether or not high heat and pressure, as well as hydrocarbon-based solvents, were used during the extraction process.)
There was also some debate about the amount of marijuana a patient may possess.
According to AMMA, the “allowable amount of marijuana” is two and a half ounces. However, while the trial court argued this was limited to dried flower only, the supreme court disagreed and had this to say:
“We therefore read § 36-2801(1) and (15) to mean qualifying patients are allowed two-and-one-half ounces of dried flowers, or mixtures or preparations made from two-and-one-half ounces of dried flowers.”
Basically, regardless of the weight of the end product, it is legal under Arizona law if it was made from 2.5 ounces of dried flower.
Bottom line: Cannabis extracts are legal for mmj patients in the Grand Canyon state.
Did you know Desert Rose has dozens of cannabis extracts to choose from?
From high-potency concentrates to the smoothest vapes and mmj-infused edibles, we take pride in providing only the purest, most effective cannabis extracts to ensure our patients find the relief they’ve been seeking.
We even offer daily dispensary deals to help keep your medicine affordable.
Call Desert Rose Dispensary today at 623.516.7881 or visit us in Phoenix at the corner of 7th Avenue and Happy Valley Road. Our stellar team of compassionate budtenders can answer any questions you have about cannabis extracts to help you find the right treatment for your needs.