In a landmark initiative, Arizonans voted “yes” on Proposition 207, legalizing marijuana possession, use, and cultivation, with certain exceptions. Approximately 60% of voters voted for the measure, and the Arizona Secretary of State has officially certified the ballots to bring it into law.
Medicinal marijuana was already legalized in the state, and marijuana users now have more freedom usage and cultivation. Still, there are a few legal restrictions to these marijuana rights. As such, Arizona residents should know the new limitations and aim to use marijuana in a safe and legal manner.
Regulation of Possession
Under the proposition, individuals 21 or older can “possess, use, purchase, transport, or process” marijuana products that total one ounce or less or have five grams or less of marijuana concentrate. These rights apply to in-state residents, out-of-state visitors, and out-of-country visitors.
Additionally, some individuals who were charged with marijuana possession of 2.5 ounces or fewer in the past may have the option to have those records “expunged” or erased. Despite these new changes, however, it is still illegal to possess marijuana on any federal land within the state lines of Arizona, such as the Grand Canyon.
Marijuana Use Laws
Individuals may use marijuana in the privacy of their own property. Using marijuana in a public setting is still an infraction, but one that is only a petty offense. As with the current law, individuals cannot be under the influence of marijuana while driving, boating, flying, or operating heavy machinery.
Furthermore, employers, schools, healthcare facilities, adult care facilities, daycare facilities, and government properties may have the right to prohibit marijuana or regulate its use on-premises. Additionally, some employers and healthcare facilities may retain the right to maintain a drug-free workplace and prohibit employees from using marijuana, even while off-duty.
Dispensaries can legally sell recreational marijuana after April 5, 2021 once the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) approves licenses. Current medicinal marijuana dispensaries may continue operation and add recreational offerings after the start date.
Arizona Cultivation Laws
Individuals can now grow six cannabis plants in a single-adult residence (of an adult at least 21 years old) and up to twelve plants in a residence where there are two or more residents 21 or older.
These plants must be cultivated in a private area secluded from the public view and must be placed behind a lock in a closet, room, or greenhouse that cannot be accessed by people under 21.
Call an Attorney to Learn More about New Marijuana Laws in Arizona
With these new marijuana laws taking effect, it is important to understand the regulations and their limitations. Using and transporting it in a safe manner can protect you from legal trouble. Call the knowledgeable lawyers at Grand Canyon Law Group to learn more about this new proposition and what impact it may have on your life.