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High court questions legality of medical marijuana extracts

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Posted at 11:47 AM, Mar 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-20 14:47:12-04

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Supreme Court will determine whether edibles and other extracts are protected under the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act.

The Arizona Capitol Times reports the court considered the question Tuesday in State of Arizona v. Rodney Jones, a case which will determine if the legality of hashish - the resin from the marijuana plant - is the same as the plant itself.

Yavapai County prosecutor Benjamin Kreutzberg says voters knew the difference between cannabis, which covers hashish and other extracts, and marijuana when they voted to legalize it for medical purposes in 2010 and they did not intend for extracts or edibles to be included.

Justice John Pelander says the distinction between cannabis and marijuana could not be determined from the materials voters were given in 2010.

The court gave no indication when it will rule.