PHOENIX – Medical-marijuana businesses and advocates oppose a bill that would make it a felony to publish unverified information about dispensaries, saying it’s an effort to block business.
Sen. David Farnsworth, R-Mesa, sponsored a bill to punish any “listing or menu service” in Arizona that publishes information about a dispensary without verifying its registration and address. Opponents said the bill, along with others Farnsworth has recently introduced, would violate the First Amendment and limit important information for patients of medical marijuana.
Under Senate Bill 1060, any company that publishes contact or product information for a dispensary without an official registration certificate would be guilty of a Class 6 federal felony, punishable by a minimum fine of $10,000.
Publishing any address for a dispensary that differs from the address on a dispensary’s registration certificate would be an equally punishable offense.
Farnsworth’s “attempt to censor the Arizona press (is) a brazen and shameful act that would make any dictator proud,” according to a statement from AZmarijuana.com, a website that provides news about the