New marijuana initiative prevents state from lowering potency of edible products – Verde Independent

PHOENIX — A claim by organizers of an initiative to legalize recreational marijuana for adults that it would limit the dosage of THC in edible products is false.

In its initial news release last week, Smart & Safe Arizona said if voters approve the measure in 2020 users would not be able to buy brownies, drinks and other products with more than 10 milligrams per serving of THC at state-regulated stores. That’s the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana that creates the “high.’’

In fact, the actual language of the initiative spells out that 10 milligram figure actually is a floor, forbidding the state Department of Health Services from setting rules which limit the strength of edibles to less than that amount.

And the proposal, being financed by the marijuana industry, also bars state health officials from prohibiting less than 100 milligrams — 10 doses at the 10 milligram floor — from being sold in a package.

Attorney Roopali Desai who is working with initiative organizers acknowledged that 10 milligram figure is the minimum. And she said it does leave state health officials free to set an even higher floor.

“If DHS decides in its discretion it wants to make things more potent, which I doubt they will do, they can always do that,’’ Desai explained. “But they can’t make it less potent.’’

That, however, still leaves the question of why backers of recreational marijuana would want to bar health officials from deciding that 10 milligrams is inappropriate.

“That level, I think, is too high,’’ said former state Health Director Will Humble. “Most of the literature I’ve seen recommends people starting at much lower doses than 10.’’

Humble, now executive director of the Arizona Public Health Association, isnot alone.

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