Every cannabis user should have access to a clean product and Arizona is taking steps to ensure it. Republican Senator Sonny Borrelli has persuaded nearly the entire Arizona Legislature to support his proposal to have cannabis tested for mold and agricultural chemicals.
Borrelli has 78 co-sponsors for his proposal, including the Republican and Democratic leaders in both the House and Senate. The proposal would appropriate $2 million from the state’s medical cannabis fund to do the testing. I would also lower the fee for a medical cannabis card from a $150 annual fee to a $50 fee with $25 for renewal.
Joe Demenna, spokesperson for the Arizona Dispensary Association, stated “SB 1420 may mark the beginning of a seismic shift for medical cannabis in the state. The sponsor is a senior Republican, a committee chairman, and a conservative. The fact that he is leading the way on these improvements to the program is a terrific starting point and a remarkable example of what can be accomplished when the state’s leadership and the cannabis industry are working together.”
The state's medical cannabis fund has $35 million available because the fees outweigh the cost of running the program since the proposal would amend a voter approved law. It would require ¾ of the legislature to pass — but with 78 co-sponsors and only 90 legislators, it looks like it’ll be a sure thing.