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Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on Aug 24, 2015

arizona marijuana law

While the laws across the country are constantly changing in regards to the use and possession of marijuana, it’s important to stay up to speed, lest you find yourself in legal trouble. Here in Arizona, while the use of medical marijuana has been legalized, it’s still not completely legal yet. Here’s a rundown of the Arizona law and the potential consequences as they currently stand.

Possession for Personal Use. The possession, sale and distribution of marijuana is regulated by both state and federal law. In Arizona, marijuana is considered a “schedule 1” controlled substance. As a result, there are laws that are still in place. Without a medical card, here are the charges and potential punishments.

  • If you get caught with less than two pounds of marijuana for personal use, you can be charged with a Class 6 felony, punishable by a sentence of four months to two years in jail.
  • Possession of between two and four pounds of marijuana for personal use is a Class 5 felony, punishable by a sentence of six months to two and a half years.
  • If you’re caught in possession of four pounds or more of marijuana for personal use, you can be charged with a Class 4 felony, punishable by a sentence of one to four years.

Possession for Sale. As with possession for personal use, penalties depend on the amount of marijuana involved.

  • Possession of less than two pounds for sale is a Class 4 felony, punishable by a sentence of one to four years.
  • Possession of between two and four pounds for sale is a Class 3 felony, punishable by a sentence of two to nine years.
  • Possession of four pounds or more for sale is a Class 2 felony, punishable by a sentence of three to ten years.

If you have a medical marijuana card.
Arizona allows medical marijuana use. However, it is still a crime to drive under the influence of marijuana, and other laws regarding marijuana possession for non-medical purposes will still apply. If you have a medical card, you cannot be arrested if you have less than 2.5 ounces. If you’re pulled over, however, you may be asked to perform sobriety tests and can be charged with a DUI. It’s also still illegal to be under the influence at work and to smoke in public places.

If you’ve been charged with a crime related to marijuana possession, consult an experienced attorney today.