Arizona may be on verge of requiring medical marijuana testing

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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has until Saturday to decide whether to sign legislation that would require medical marijuana and derivative products to be tested by an independent lab for pesticides, fungus, heavy metals and other impurities starting Nov. 1, 2020.

Senate Bill 1494 also would require the state Department of Health Services to issue lab certification rules for cannabis testing, according to the Arizona Republic.

Ducey’s office reportedly hasn’t said whether he will sign the measure.

The bill had overwhelming bipartisan support, but it’s unclear how Ducey, a Republican, will respond to a last-minute floor amendment that would slash in half the cost for a medical marijuana patient ID card.

Ducey, according to the newspaper, hasn’t intervened much in the state’s MMJ program.

But Arizona is considered a conservative state, and Ducey has opposed more liberal marijuana policies such as recreational MJ.