This week is the first week of Arizona’s legislative session. So far there are only 2 cannabis bills released. It’s no surprise that it is not the first time we’ve seen these bills.
On the first day of the session, Rep, Joanna Osborne, (R – Dist 13) dropped a new version of last year’s HB2809. HB2809 dealt with marijuana regulations of billboard signs, labeling, and sponsorship of events. This year is not much better. However, there is an added exemption regarding the sponsorship of events.
Marijuana establishments are prohibited from:
Sponsor any athletic, musical, artistic or other social or cultural event or entry fee or team in any event, useless all of the attendees are twenty-one-year of age or older. This paragraph does not prohibit a marijuana establishment or nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary from eitherHB2082
Making charitable contributions without brand acknowledgement
Hosting events for members of the marijuana industry.
Other than that, the battle continues to have autism added to the list of qualifying conditions for the medical marijuana program.
H2082: MARIJUANA; SAMPLING; ADVERTISING; SALE
Department of Health Services rules for the regulation of marijuana establishments must include prohibiting a marijuana establishment retail site from providing samples of marijuana or marijuana products for on-site use and at no cost to a consumer. Marijuana establishments are prohibited from selling marijuana or marijuana products to persons who are “obviously intoxicated” (defined). Marijuana establishments and nonprofit medical marijuana dispensaries are prohibited from advertising marijuana or marijuana products to individuals who are under 21 years of age, and from sponsoring any social or cultural event or any team in an event unless all of the attendees are 21 years of age or older. Due to voter protection, this legislation requires the affirmative vote of at least 3/4 of the members of each house of the Legislature for passage.
First sponsor: Rep. Osborne (R – Dist 13)
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