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Senator Yee’s bills would tighten regulations on medical marijuana

Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013 By Yvonne Wingett Sanchez The Republic

In a move aimed at preventing children from accidentally eating marijuana and the state’s police from falling foul of federal drug laws, a state lawmaker is proposing two pieces of legislation to tighten the state’s medical-marijuana program.

Sen. Kimberly Yee, R-Phoenix, wants to force medical-marijuana dispensaries to label edible drugs, such as cookies, brownies and lollipops, to make it clear they are only for medicinal purposes. Packaging could look similar to the U.S. surgeon general’s warning labels on cigarettes.

She also wants to give police the power to dispose of any drugs seized during criminal investigations once inquiries are completed, instead of being required to take care of plants or drugs in case courts order them returned to a patient.

Yee plans to introduce the bills today. Each bill would require a three-fourths majority vote by the Legislature because it would amend the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, a voter-approved law.

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