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PREVENT THE SALE OF DRUGS TO KIDS!

Demand that your legislator oppose SB1186 and HB2769 and keep counterfeit synthetic marijuana (Delta 8) from being sold to kids.

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STOP COUNTERFEIT SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA (DELTA 8) PRODUCTS FROM GETTING TO KIDS

Arizona is facing a public health crisis, synthetic unregulated products with extremely high THC concentrations are being marketed to children and are unregulated and sold in retail locations across Arizona with no age restrictions. These products have already led to deaths in other states.

 

Arizona Poison Control estimates that these products lead to approximately 300 poisoning-related hospitalizations a year. 

 

SB1186 (regulation; hemp-derived products) and HB2679 will legalize synthetic marijuana that is intended to mimic THC, the main psychoactive ingredient of marijuana. This would allow synthetic marijuana products to be sold and delivered anyway and everywhere in Arizona with minimal regulations. These products are a threat to public health and safety and have already made many of Arizona’s children and adults seriously ill. Due to a loophole in the bill – the products can be synthetic and have no limit on the amount of THC or potency. These synthetic marijuana drugs are most known as Delta 8. I would encourage you to google Delta 8.

This bill is not about hemp. Hemp was legalized for industrial purposes – rope, paper, textiles, etc. This bill is about synthetic marijuana THC products that get you high. 

 

This is the next Spice/K2 public health crisis, and we need to do something to stop it – not legitimize it. Without substantial amendments to SB1186 and HB2679, it will proliferate the problems we are seeing and not help it.

 

Arizona poison control is receiving approximately a call a day regarding children ingesting these synthetic marijuana products and they are ending up in the hospital and intensive care units. It not only the synthetic marijuana / THC that is dangerous and having adverse health effects – it’s the harsh chemicals used to make these synthetic marijuana products.

Arizona Poison Control counterfeit synthetic marijuana (Delta 8)/ Illicit Marijuana Case Stats

January 2023 – April 2023

  • 77 cases of ingestion of illicit marijuana products

  • 60 cases involved children or teenagers

  • 39 cases involved children under the age of 6

  • 45 cases needed emergency medical attention

  • 6 children admitted to intensive care units

  • Symptoms include:

    • bradycardia 

    • tachycardia

    • rhabdomyolysis

    • mydriasis

    • prolonged respiratory depression

    • lethargy requiring significant tactile stimulation to get response

    • syncope resulting in intracranial hemorrhage

    • hypertension

    • agitation

    • hallucinations

    • prolonged screaming episodes

    • hypertension

    • hyperthermia

    • dizziness

    • nausea

    • vomiting

Local Parents Report

"I am a mom. I do not want drugs sold near my school and child's daycare."

Problems with SB1186 and HB2679

 

It will create a separate program under the Department of Agriculture, but without the stringent regulations the state marijuana programs must follow.  This will create a new marijuana program without the vigorous regulations, testing requirements, administrative funding, excise taxes for community benefit, etc. 

 

The provisions of SB1186 and HB2679 provide very limited protections compared to the state marijuana programs. The bills do not include provisions to:

  1. Only sell to individuals over 21.

  2. Some language that requires age-appropriate language regarding marketing/copyright.

  3. Require some lab testing.

 

The bills lacks numerous safeguards included in both marijuana programs, including:

  1. No prohibition of synthetic products.

  2. No limit on the amount of total THC per dose, compared to a 10mg limit in the marijuana program.

  3. No limit on the amount of total THC per package, compared to a 100mg limit in the marijuana program.

  4. Allows for unlimited delivery.

  5. No limit on the number of retail licenses.

  6. A broad definition of retailer that includes individuals.

  7. No limitation that the retailer must be a physical location.

  8. No consideration for zoning limits or setbacks for retail locations.

  9. No limits on the allowable hours of operations.

  10. No specific advertising restrictions.

  11. Limited warnings on packaging.

  12. No requirement for posted warnings at retail locations.

  13. No required disclosure that the products are intoxicating, may harm the unborn, or children.

  14. No background checks on retailers or sales teams.

  15. No requirements for tracking or import of products.

  16. No defined security for limited access into retail locations.

  17. No security requirements for locations.

  18. No funding to support community colleges, law enforcement, or social justice reform initiatives.

 

Not to mention that the Department of Agriculture currently does not regulate the retail sale of any intoxicating products – just the aspect of growing of agricultural products. And no funding is allocated to the Department of Agriculture to create a regulatory structure. Plus, the state has already invested millions of dollars to regulate marijuana in Arizona.

 

You may be aware of the numerous news stories about a sharp rise in cannabis-related poisonings and other adverse reactions.  These products are already available in retail stores without regulation and are in large part to blame for the spike in hospital visits, poison control calls, and possession of synthetic marijuana products on school campuses. 

 

We urge you to oppose these bills to protect the health and safety of Arizonans.  

 

We must do something to stop this problem – not proliferate it!

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