By Richard Farrell
Not much happens in Maricopa Arizona that makes national news. John Wayne once had a shack in what is now an urban sprawl. Youngsters head for Phoenix a single train-stop away for a weekend of entertainment. Other than that, the 45,000 citizens appear to live a life of solitary comfort. If they need medical marijuana, they can have it, although this would not be the case if Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne had his way.
Occasionally there are courtroom spats. The latest involved Jacob and Jennifer Welton, whose five-year-old kid has frequent seizures. Weed helps the boy a lot, although the child rejects the idea of eating leaves in a raw state because of the fibrous texture. When the Arizona Star interviewed young Zander’s father, it was clear that administering medical marijuana as food can be a struggle.
“It’s a real fibrous material,” he explained. “That’s kind of like taking hay and chopping it up into applesauce to him. He starts to filter it through his teeth.” His mom added that smoking or preparing an infusion was a nonstarter because it made the kid high. “That’s the part that we’re trying to stay away from,” she commented emphatically.
The parents resorted to making up a marijuana tincture. This is a medical term for dissolving a drug in alcohol. All was good until Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery got nasty and threatened prosecution. The case ended up in Judge Katherine Cooper’s court.
The prosecution based its case on the State Health Director’s ruling that the 2010 medical marijuana law “allows patients to smoke or otherwise consume only pieces of the actual plant”. The Judge shot him down in flames when she ruled that, “It makes no sense to interpret the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act as allowing people with these conditions to use medical marijuana, but only if they take it in one particular form.”
She went on to determine, “Such an interpretation reduces, if not eliminates, medical marijuana as a treatment option for those who cannot take it in plant form, or could receive a greater benefit from an alternative form.” Her judgment notes that the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act prescribes marijuana for a wide range of conditions, including “seizures and severe and chronic pain.”
From a marijuana investment perspective, this could open the door to selling canna candy lollipops, sodas and even aromatic candles to Arizona’s 45,000 registered medical marijuana patients. Small fry perhaps, until you factor in the 2.4 million across the USA. What an investment opportunity for internet-based businesses. Affiliate marketers will be turning up in droves. It would be wise to wait a week or two. The controversial Maricopa County Attorney has not ruled out an appeal.