Help Or sign in with a social account: Get the most out of your experience with a personalized all-access pass to everything local on events, music, restaurants, news and more. Enter your email or sign up with a social account to get started Cannabis advocates and lawmakers have high hopes for a bill requiring for the first time that Arizona medical marijuana be tested for contaminants. But the bill’s creator said on Tuesday he’s worried the hard work he and others have put into it will “unravel.” “I don’t know what’s going to happen to it, ” said Demitri Downing, executive director of the Marijuana Trade Industry Association of Arizona (MITA). “Politics took over and it’s probably going to die a quiet death.” Downing’s comments came after three of the bill’s Republican co-sponsors pulled their support last week in a State Senate Government Committee hearing, expressing concern about a potentially massive expansion in patients because of a provision to lower the patient registration card fee. “I am embarrassed to confess to you today, that I signed on as a co-sponsor to the bill not understanding that it had that (decrease) of fee in it,” said Senator David Farnsworth, a Republican from Mesa, during the voting portion of the hearing. Is Politics Killing Arizona Bill That Would Test Marijuana, Lower Card Fee?
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