Phoenix Police to Medical-Pot Community: "Medibles" Will Be Tested for Extracts
Phoenix police say they might bust you for holding the wrong kind of cookie.
In researching this week's cover story about marijuana food products and concentrates, "Half Baked," New Times asked police to clarify their position on the preparations of marijuana not protected by the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act.
Patients and dispensary operators won't like the answer, though it might not surprise them.
As our article discusses, police and prosecutors around the state decided on their own to interpret the 2010 law as forbidding marijuana extracts. Their theory, untested in courts, is that while the AMMA allows qualified people to possess marijuana buds and "any mixture or preparation thereof," an older law defining the "resin extracted" from marijuana as a "narcotic" still applies.
Based on advice from the Maricopa County Attorney's Office, says Phoenix police Sergeant Steve Martos, Phoenix police will continue to treat this "narcotic" as a felony for people registered to use marijuana medicinally under state law.
Hashish, hash oil, and "kief" are out. Even a basic preparation like strained cannabutter is disallowed for patients, Martos told New Times in an e-mail.
Police are prepared to use the crime lab to determine whether marijuana-infused food and drinks were made with a concentrate, he says.
See below for Martos' e-mail in full: