The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Workplace (MCSO) has confirmed that for about four years it has been producing marijuana extracts (concentrates). Their program is meant to assist prosecutors and legislation enforcement officers perceive the marijuana flower-to-concentrates ratio.

Phoenix legal professional Tom Dean was approached by one other legal professional relating to a marijuana extracts case, which introduced the information of this covert program to gentle, AZ Mirror stories. Dean acquired a report from MCSO detailing the extent of the extraction lab’s capabilities and course of. Initially, it appeared that the MCSO was making an attempt to make it look as if they’d simply began creating extracts following the Arizona Supreme Court docket’s ruling in Could that legalized extracts in Arizona.

Dean mentioned, “They need to provide you with a ratio, if you’ll, for flower to concentrates.”

The Arizona Division of Well being Companies (ADHS) nonetheless hasn’t decided a standardized ratio relating to how a lot dry flower it takes to create a specified quantity of focus. If the MCSO and ADHS find yourself figuring out two totally different ratios, then it’s unclear which technique of measurement shall be used.

MCSO claims it created an “data solely” report from the outcomes of their very own testing procedures following the Supreme Court docket’s ruling.

One detective mentioned he’d “been conducting chemical and mechanical extractions in coaching for college students to observe to know the method for at the very least 5 years” and that his “group has been conducting weekly extractions of cannabis oil utilizing non-polar (butane) extraction technique since March 2018.”

MCSO mentioned, “For over four years the unit has been coaching first responders on the hazards of butane honey oil extractions, and the strategies cannabis is manufactured from marijuana. For instance, one technique is to run butane over marijuana to indicate how fundamental cannabis oil is manufactured, in addition to the flammable and explosive hazards of that course of. (The duty pressure) gives officers and investigators coaching and prepares skilled testimony for prosecuting companies all through the state. Due to this fact, when the query of ‘can an individual possess (x quantity) of cannabis and nonetheless be lined beneath the immunities supplied beneath the (medical marijuana legal guidelines)?’ arises, (the duty pressure) must develop a baseline to reply or opine based mostly on coaching and expertise and assist that with info and proof if potential.”

Dean talked about that the flower-to-concentrate ratio issues as a result of medical marijuana sufferers must know the load of their cannabis concentrates to be able to stay throughout the authorized weight. The distinction can imply immunity versus a felony.

It’s unknown when the ADHS will decide the ratio.

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