With the passage of Senate Bill 1494, Arizona medical marijuana cards are now valid for two years, AZ Mirror reported. This will save patients from the $150 annual state fee as well as a varying $60-$150 annual visit to a medical marijuana doctor.
SB1494 also requires the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) to create standards for third-party labs to test medical marijuana grown in the state for contaminates and toxins such as mold, pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides. Mandatory testing will begin on Nov 1, 2020. Independent third-party testing labs would face a state application fee of up to $5,000 and a renewal fee of up to $1,000 to operate.