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Does Health Care Choice Include Grow-Your-Own Medical Marijuana?
Two medical marijuana patients are hoping a voter-approved
attack on the Affordable Care Act gives them the right to grow their own drugs.
“If the state said, no, you can't have aloe plants in your house, you have to go to the local pharmacy and get aloe lotion, if it has God-knows-what preservatives in it, if that were the situation, that would be the same argument,” Walz said.
Will Humble, the director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, isn’t buying the argument that a constitutional right of health care choice entitles medical marijuana patients to grow their own supply.
“Let me put it this way: Are people allowed to grow their own amoxicillin?” Humble said. “So if the argument is, this is medication, do people grow their own Xanax? No!”
Humble said it makes sense to have most medical marijuana users obtain their drugs through a state-regulated system of growers and dispensaries. That requires those with licenses to account for their inventory.