Court rules extracts considered medical marijuana

PHOENIX (AP) — A Maricopa County Superior Court judge has ruled that a 5-year-old Mesa boy with debilitating seizures can be treated with marijuana extract, effectively re-interpreting the Arizona's medical marijuana law.

Judge Katherine Cooper ruled late Friday in preliminary injunction filed by the American Civil Liberties Union that Zander Welton can legally consume extracts.

In her ruling, Cooper says the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act authorizes qualifying patients to use extracts, including CBD oil, adapted from marijuana.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed the motion Nov. 13.

The filing says Zander Welton "is likely to suffer irreparable injury if his parents cannot treat him with a marijuana extract without fear of criminal prosecution."

Under the state's current medical marijuana law, the Maricopa County Attorney's Office considers extracts illegal.

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