On January 29, 2018, Sen. Sonny Borrelli introduced SB 1420, a medical marijuana bill for Arizona. The bill’s intent is to ensure safety of medical marijuana patients by requiring marijuana and marijuana products to be tested before legal sale. It also requires that marijuana products be sold in child-proof containers and be labeled correctly with specific content information. The bill has already passed in the Senate and is now waiting for a vote in the House.
What Will SB 1420 Mean for Arizona Medical Marijuana Licensees?
If SB 1420 is passed, those who hold a medical marijuana business license in Arizona will want to begin preparing for inspections of their facility. The Department of Agriculture is to begin inspecting dispensary premises no later than June 1st, 2019 for sanitary conditions, proper storing and processing of medical marijuana, and the existence of mold in any building operated by the dispensary.
Also beginning June 1st, 2019, The Department of Agriculture will test samples of each medical marijuana product to be sold and will ensure each product is labeled correctly. It will be required for dispensaries to include any chemical compounds used in the producing of the medical marijuana and the actual contents of the marijuana in the disclosure document provided with the product.
Lastly, existing licensees will need to ensure all dispensed medical marijuana products are packaged in child-proof containers with the patient’s name and registry identification card number indicated on the label.
Long story short, if SB 1420 passes, licensees will need to ensure they are compliant with the new law beginning June 1st, 2019.
How Can I Learn About Medical Marijuana Product Safety and Testing?
If you’re an existing Arizona medical marijuana licensee, it’s now vital to establish product safety protocols to ensure your medical marijuana is free of pesticides, toxins, and other contaminants. You can do so with our Downloadable Product Safety Plan Template, which was developed by a leading marijuana laboratory and includes details on prevention, assessment, and remediation.