Arizona legislation would tighten testing of marijuana on dispensary shelves – Arizona Daily Star

Howard Fischer

PHOENIX — State lawmakers are moving to ensure that marijuana buyers at dispensaries are getting what they asked for, and not the things they don’t want.

Legislation awaiting a House vote would require the Department of Health Services to contract with an outside laboratory to confirm that what’s sold by medical and recreational dispensaries matches their claims. House Bill 2050 also contains new technical requirements to ensure that the batch being tested is the same as the one being sold.

The measure, approved by the Senate earlier this week on a 25-2 margin, also would waive the biennial $150 fee to get a medical marijuana card for veterans who have been honorably discharged from the service and have been Arizona residents for at least a year.

And it would ensure that there is at least one medical marijuana dispensary in each of the state’s 15 counties.

Sen. David Gowan, R-Sierra Vista, said that’s what voters said they wanted in 2010 when they first approved the use of marijuana for medical purposes. A 2019 law directed the health department to issue new licenses in any county without one, he said.

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