Arizona ruling on medical marijuana laws could have negative impact

- A recent ruling by the Arizona Court of Appeals stated that medical marijuana extracts are illegal under the current law.

In a divided decision, the appeals court found that the Arizona Medical Marijuana act doesn't include resin, which is extracted from the cannabis plant. The decision is leaving some people concerned.

The decision came, as the Food and Drug Administration approved its first drug that contains ingredients derived from marijuana.

"She was a zombie," said Bethany Pinkowski, talking about her daughter, two-year-old Jordyn Pinkowski. "She wouldn't interact with us, she wasn't smiling anymore. She would just sit there."

Jordyn suffers from a severe form of epilepsy called Dravet's Syndrome, which limits her from consuming most medicines.

"She was having more and more seizures," said Pinkowski. "She was having two big seizures a week.

The seizures were only getting worse, and Pinkowski said she knew she had to more for her child. That's when she discovered cannabidol and tetrahydrocannabinol, which are components of marijuana.

"There was, like, zero side effects. She turned back into a happy baby once she weaned off all the pharmaceuticals," said Pinkowski. "Plus, we had the benefit of more seizure control."

When Pinkowski and her husband, Tony, heard of the ruling, they were devastated. 

"This is my daughter we are talking about," said Pinkowski. "I want to do anything to help her, to give her the best quality of life, and this medicine -- and yes, it is medicine -- has changed my baby's life."

"It's kinda hard because she's been taking it for over a year now, and we're supposed to just stop, and it's the only thing that's worked?" said Tony Pinkowski. "I mean, what are we suppose to do?"

Attorney and President of Arizona Cannabis Bar Association says it's unfair for medical marijuana patients to be under threat.

"You're telling all of these patients that one of their primary choices is now taken away from them, in what appears to be a contradiction to the law," said Gary Smith, who has been speaking to other attorneys about the ruling, and says there is going to be an appeal up to the Arizona Supreme Court.

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