In a scathing indictment of the AZ medical cannabis program, state auditors documented a troubling series of misappropriated funds, inadequate (or non-existent) inspections, and apparent corruption all through the Dept. Of Health Service.
Nine years have passed since voters of the Grand Canyon State passed a medical marijuana initiative. The program has been wrought with lawsuits and litigation ever since. AZ state auditors recently conducted an audit that uncovered abuses throughout the system that included ZERO checks of marijuana infusion kitchens (good luck with those edibles you bought at dispensaries, AZ patients!). In a case of political passing the buck, state inspectors deferred infusion kitchen inspections on the premise of “It’s not my job”. Sounds like language deployed by the now indicted coward who failed to enter Parkland High School during a massacre.
As a state worker, I am appalled…but not shocked.
I am also a patient and licensed dispensary agent. I refuse to purchase or use products from an AZ dispensary. There are zero checks on the product and I know unscrupulous dispensary owners will do anything to get the product to the consumer, regardless of safety to the patient. Why would they care if no regulator in the state has ever checked their product? Greed has the ability to nurture a more flexible sense of morality. Best to find a caregiver and know your grower. They will at least look you in the eye.
What does this mean for the cannabis industry in Arizona and beyond? How does this make you feel as a patient or consumer of cannabis products? Do you think there will be ripple effects that transcend the state of AZ? Will there be an overhaul of the state system or will things continue status quo? Have you heard similar stories of corruption or abject regulatory failure in your state or country? Let’s chat corruption among cannabis regulators.