Posted on July 15, 2018
On June 26, 2018, the Arizona Court of Appeals deemed marijuana concentrates illegal. This means dabs, wax, shatter, vape pen oils, and most edibles are now considered illegal. This is a huge hit to all dispensaries as 80% of their products on the shelves contain this now illegal substance.
Why is it just now being considered illegal, you ask? The Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (AMMA) does not include hashish, or hash, the “resin extracted from any part of a plant of the genus cannabis, and every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture or preparation of such plant, its seeds or its resin,” within its language, which led the appeals court to their 2-1 vote on Tuesday, according to the Phoenix New Times. Despite the ruling products aren’t expected to be pulled from dispensary shelves any time soon.
We are still waiting on a final ruling from the Arizona Supreme Court, but until then, items such as vape oils, vape cartridges, edibles, and wax/dabs/shatter/resin are considered illegal.
These products becoming illegal for purchase and consumption would devastate the dispensaries who rely on these kinds of products for most of their business. It’s no surprise that products made of hashish oil are more popular amongst medical marijuana users - they are simply more powerful, more convenient, and easier to use. Mikel Weisser of Arizona NORML said, “I expect an uproar. You can guestimate that about 40% of the market is based on some kind of concentrate; Vape pens, wax, topicals, edibles – it’s all concentrated marijuana. The bottom line of the industry is threatened.”
Although a sting for dispensaries, they aren’t giving up quite yet and will not pull products until the Arizona Supreme Court has given a ruling in the matter. There is quite a bit of loss at stake here for not just many if not all dispensaries in the state, but the patients needing Medical Marijuana to simply function normally with diseases and daily pain to conquer.
These products being used by sick patients are some of the most popular not just because of the ease and potency for easy dosing, but because it helps certain patients to be able to forego smoking altogether. Many Medical Marijuana patients already have chronic illnesses that make certain daily activities difficult, and using something easy like a vape pen for relief is crucial. Forcing a patient to take their medicine only in a way that makes it harder to reap the benefits of said medicine is inhumane.
We hope that the Arizona Supreme Court will be able to understand the gravity of this issue and understand the number of lives that are at stake when a key component of the medical marijuana industry is banned from creation and consumption.