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Senate Bill 1466

Senate Bill 1466 (SB1466), the Medical Omnibus Bill, officially passed after the legislature committee voted 7-2 in favor of the bill yesterday.

Some key points of SB1466 are:

  • Reduction of medical marijuana card costs to $50, with renewals every 2 years.

  • 100% waiver of medical marijuana card costs to veterans

  • Adding Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) into statute

  • Adds Autism Spectrum Disorder as a debilitating medical condition

  • Alignment of the advertising, packaging, and branding to match the rules in Smart and Safe

  • Requires protections for children – child resistant packaging, prohibits advertising attractive to children, adds advertising restrictions

  • Alignment of the definition of marijuana and marijuana products.

  • Codifying the use of telehealth

  • Updating the details of the requirements in the QR Code and track/traceability

  • Provide a unified cover sheet for COAs to simplify consumer/patient experience

  • Removes a government-led lab testing council and replaces with a full public forum

“ADA supports SB1466, which gives veterans the ability to acquire a medical marijuana card at no cost,” said Ann Torrez, executive director of the ADA. “Often veterans suffer from PTSD, insomnia, heightened anxiety and chronic pain. A free medical marijuana card gives veteran patients access to medical cannabis treatment for any of these common conditions.”

The ADA’s primary mission is to promote and advocate for a safe, consumer-focused cannabis industry in Arizona,” said Torrez. “We aim to continuously educate consumers on the importance of visiting only licensed dispensaries and consuming only THC and CBD products that have been lab tested and approved.”

The bill is being considered at a time when Arizona’s medical cannabis industry is enduring sluggish sales.

In October, medical marijuana sales in the state amounted to a little more than $31 million, which was the eighth consecutive month of decline.

Meanwhile, the state’s adult-use cannabis market, which launched in January 2021, continues to thrive.

In that same month, recreational cannabis sales in Arizona totaled $73.8 million, which was a new high.

We are currently just waiting on the governor to sign off.

TIMELINE May 15, 2023 | House

  • Constitutional and in Proper form - Rules (House)

  • House Majority Caucus: Y

  • House Minority Caucus: Y

Mar 20, 2023 | House

  • Do Pass - Health & Human Services (House)

Mar 08, 2023 | House

  • House Second Reading

Mar 07, 2023 | House

  • Referred to Health & Human Services (House)

  • Referred to Rules (House)

  • House First Reading.

Mar 03, 2023 | House

  • Transmit to House

Mar 02, 2023 | Senate

  • Third Read and passed (Senate)

Mar 01, 2023 | Senate

  • Do Pass Amended (Senate)

Feb 21, 2023 | Senate

  • Senate Minority Caucus: Y

  • Senate Majority Caucus: Y

Feb 20, 2023 | Senate

  • Proper for Consideration - Rules (Senate)

Feb 15, 2023 | Senate

  • Do Pass Amended - Health and Human Services (Senate)

Feb 02, 2023 | Senate

  • Senate Second Reading

Feb 01, 2023 | Senate

  • Referred to Health and Human Services (Senate)

  • Referred to Rules (Senate)

  • Senate First Reading

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