/ Modified jun 28, 2018 12:59 p.m.

Arizona Court: Hashish Not Included in Medical Marijuana Law

The law establishing medical marijuana in Arizona does not mention the marijuana extract's legal status.

Elephant Head Farm hero Elephant Head Farm, in Amado, Arizona, grows organic marijuana, like this plant, for processing into medical marijuana vapor fluids and pills. (PHOTO: Michel Marizco, Fronteras Desk)

The Arizona Court of Appeals has ruled that hashish does not qualify as a protected drug under the state's medical marijuana law.

The court's ruling came Tuesday in the case of Rodney Jones, a card holder in the state's medical-marijuana program.

Police say he was found in possession of .05 ounces of hashish in a jar in March 2013.

Hashish is extracted from marijuana plants, and is used in cannabis oils and other medical marijuana products.

Jones was appealing his conviction in the case on a count each of cannabis and drug paraphernalia possession.

The appeals court said Arizona's medical marijuana act as written and approved by voters in 2010 "is silent" on hashish.

Medical marijuana advocates called the ruling a major setback, and said they expected another appeal.

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