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Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on Jan 18, 2016

In the 200+ years that Arizona has enjoyed statehood, it has seen exponential growth and changes. Lawmakers in a changing state have the arduous task of addressing the concerns of its citizens, and sometimes, laws can remain on the books long after the concerns have passed. Nevertheless, we have a bunch of strange laws still on the books in the Grand Canyon state. Here’s a look at some of them.

Weird Arizona laws regarding plants and animals.

  • While Arizona is the proud home of the majority of Saguaro cacti in the world, the state may be a bit too proud of them. If you cut one down, even in your own yard, you could face up to 25 years in prison.
  • While the summer months are brutal, and every creature’s looking for a place to stay cool, it’s important to never let your donkey take a nap in the bathtub. You could be arrested as a result.
  • While there are several hunting trips that are permitted in the state with the proper license, you still can’t make plans to go camel hunting in the state of Arizona. It’s still illegal.
  • Although it may have been achieved once or twice by a graduating Senior, if you live in or near Prescott, you may not ride a horse up the stairs of the county courthouse.

Strange Laws involving dress and appearance.

  • While many of us exercise our free right to wear a red mask (especially as part of a Spiderman costume), we run the risk of being convicted of a felony, even if we’re just caught jaywalking. That’s because in the state of Arizona, any misdemeanor charge is automatically upgraded to felony status when committed wearing a red mask.
  • There is a city ordinance still in place in Tucson that forbids women from wearing pants.
  • In the town of Nogales, men and women can wear pants, but they’d better keep them up with belts, because suspenders are prohibited.
  • While the rest of America values a flawless smile, in the town of Tombstone, you must have at least one missing tooth visible when you smile.