Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Heinz bill helping authorities, doctors ID medical marijuana use passes House


STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – House Minority Whip Matt Heinz’s bipartisan bill that gives authorities and medical providers a new tool to identify illegal activity of medical marijuana and to ensure patient safety passed the House today.

House Bill 2585, sponsored by Heinz and Rep. Eric Meyer, D-Paradise Valley (District 11), both physicians, adds medical marijuana to a list of controlled substances dispensed by doctors and pharmacies.

The Arizona State Board of Pharmacy currently keeps a comprehensive database of controlled substances dispensed by doctors and pharmacies and assists authorities to identify illegal activity. The bill would add medical marijuana to that database.

“Now that medical marijuana has been approved by Arizona to aid those who need it for medical conditions, it is equally important to fight its abuse,” Heinz said. “It’s important that authorities have the tools to identify if it falls into the wrong hands and it’s also important that doctors can identify what medicine patients are using when administering other drugs.”

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