Possession of Marijuana in Arizona is a Criminal Offense, and then there’s Medical Marijuana

by Aaron Black • February 15, 2016
Although several states have legalized the use of marijuana, in Arizona it’s still considered a criminal offense. On November 2, 2010 however, the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act otherwise known as Proposition 203 was approved and it comes with limitations.

Medical marijuana allows those with terminal and serious injuries that include conditions such as cachexia or wasting and chronic pain to legally use medical marijuana, protecting them from arrest and prosecution for taking a doctor recommended medicine.

Examples of Medical Marijuana use allowable by Law

  • A qualifying patient can possess up to 2.5 ounces (as recommended by their physician.)
     
  • In some instances a patient may be able to cultivate marijuana. A qualifying patient however must be authorized to cultivate marijuana and their identification card must verify that they are eligible.
As you can see from the above, Proposition 203 does come with limitations in regards to protection from the law particularly federally funded institutions such as schools and government buildings. Those institutions are excluded from the law as they practice a zero tolerance for a drug that hasn’t been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). If found to be in possession of or under the influence of medical marijuana on federal grounds in most cases it can lead to termination.

Examples of Medical Marijuana Restrictions

  • Being in control of a motorized vehicle while under the influence of medical marijuana including a car, aircraft or motor boat.
     
  • Possession or use of marijuana in a child care facility is prohibited
If you find yourself with legal issues over your use of medical marijuana it is important to contact a Criminal Defense Attorney who has a clear understanding of the legal complexities in regards to the use of medical marijuana. When facing charges I’m sure you understand that it can be complicated and confusing and I strongly encourage you to get legal representation, as a matter of fact it should be your first concern when facing charges.

If you would like to learn more about medical marijuana from a legal aspect, click here to contact me or call 480-729-1683 today.