Recreational Marijuana Laws and Arizona

recreational marijuana lawsThe Arizona Cannabis Chamber of Commerce recently came up with a proposed legislation that could give the citizens of Arizona the ability to use marijuana recreationally. They would like to see this find a place on the 2020 ballot. This would allow the dispensaries who currently sell medical marijuana to sell to recreational users.

This proposed legislation would impose a tax that resembles the current liquor tax, and the legal age for possession would be 21.

CURRENT MARIJUANA LAWS

Despite the strong opposition from various lawmakers in Arizona, the use of medical marijuana (Proposition 203) was passed in 2010. If you are not a recipient of medical marijuana, the consequences of being caught with marijuana can be quite severe.

POSSESSION

  • Less than 2 pounds is a felony with a maximum incarceration length of 2 years and a maximum fine of $150,000.
  • 2 pounds, but less than 4 pounds is a felony with a maximum incarceration length of 2.5 years and a maximum fine of $150,000.
  • 4 pounds or more is a felony with maximum incarceration of 3.75 years and a maximum fine of $150,000.

SALE

  • Less than 2 pounds is a felony with a maximum incarceration length of 3.75 years and a maximum fine of $150,000.
  • 2 pounds, but less than 4 pounds is a felony with a maximum incarceration length of 8.75 years and a maximum fine of $150,000.
  • 4 pounds or more is a felony with a maximum incarceration length of 12.5 years and a maximum fine of $150,000.

CULTIVATION AND/OR MANUFACTURING

  • Less than 2 pounds is a felony with a maximum incarceration length of 2.5 years and a maximum fine of $150,000.
  • 2 pounds, but less than 4 pounds is a felony with a maximum incarceration length of 3.75 years and a maximum fine of $150,000.
  • 4 pounds or more is a felony with a maximum incarceration length of 8.75 years and a maximum fine of $150,000.

TRAFFICKING

  • Less than 2 pounds is a felony with a maximum incarceration length of 8.75 years and a maximum fine of $150,000.
  • 2 pounds or more is a felony with a maximum incarceration length of 12.5 years and a maximum fine of $150,000.

HASH AND CONCENTRATES

  • Possession or use is a felony with a maximum incarceration length of 3.75 years and a maximum fine of $150,000.
  • Sale, manufacturing, or trafficking is a felony with a maximum incarceration length of 12.5 years and a maximum fine of $150,000.

PARAPHERNALIA

  • Possession and/or advertising is a felony with a maximum incarceration length of 2 years and a maximum fine of $150,000.

CURRENT STATES THAT HAVE LEGALIZED OR DECRIMINALIZED MARIJUANA USAGE

The current list of states who have legalized recreational marijuana use are:

  • Alaska
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Maine
  • Michigan
  • Nevada
  • Oregon
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • Washington D.C.

The current list of states who have recognized the decriminalization of marijuana are:

  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Georgia (Savannah and Atlanta)
  • Illinois
  • Maryland
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico (Albuquerque)
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Rhode Island

Even though marijuana is illegal on the federal level, some states have changed their laws to either legalize recreational use or decriminalize it.

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