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Arizona law would squeeze regulations on food, drinks with medical marijuana

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Posted: Sunday, March 3, 2013 2:44 pm

State lawmakers voted Thursday to put new limits on the packaging of food and drinks containing medical marijuana.

SB 1440 would make it illegal to sell or advertise products that are packaged in any way that suggests that it is anything other than for medicinal use.

Rep. Kimberly Yee, R-Phoenix, said she saw evidence that sodas with medical marijuana were being put into bottles that looked suspiciously like other over-the-counter brands. And she said some items were being sold that looked a lot like brand-name chocolate bars.

The legislation, given preliminary Senate approval on a voice vote, spells out that any labeling can be only black text on a white background.

Thursday's action came over the objections of the Arizona chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Attorney Anjali Abraham said her organization has no problem with strict labeling requirements. But she said the language making it illegal to "state, suggest or imply'' that the product is for anything other than medical use is too vague, leaving dispensary owners unclear of what will cause them to lose their licenses.

A final vote will send the measure to the House.

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