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.

About the Author

Aaron Black is the founder and sole attorney of the Law Office of Aaron Black. Located in Phoenix, Arizona, his DUI and criminal defense law firm provides legal services to people who have received felony or misdemeanor charges from the state.

Aaron has developed a strong interest in defending people who have been arrested and received criminal charges for driving under the influence. With his professionalism and knowledge of Arizona DUI and criminal law, he has acted as a check and balance on the police, prosecution and courts and has protected a great number of his clients from excessive and unfair sentencing.

Along with DUI defense, Aaron handles a range of other criminal matters, including aggravated assault, burglary, domestic violence, drug possession, drug trafficking, fraud defense, insurance fraud, sex crimes and white-collar crime.

After graduating college in 2003 from the University of Arizona, Aaron decided to pursue a law degree. He followed a family long tradition and went to the University of South Dakota School of Law where he pursued his goal of becoming a criminal defense lawyer.

After passing the Arizona and South Dakota bar exams, Aaron joined the Maricopa County Office of the Public Defender where he defended hundreds of people charged with serious criminal offenses. His work as a public defender helped him sharpen his litigation skills and gave him a unique insight into the Arizona criminal justice system.

Over the course of his 15-year legal career, Aaron has spent a considerable amount of time in both Arizona justice, municipal, state and federal courts. He has argued over 50 jury trials, tried over 100 bench trials and has become one of the highest-rated criminal and DUI defense attorneys in Phoenix and the surrounding areas. He has received a 10/10 rating from the legal directory Avvo because of his legal background and successful case record. Since 2014, he has received the Super Lawyer rating for his work as a Phoenix DUI and criminal defense attorney.

You can review Aaron’s Attorney Bio page for more information about his background, education and experience as a Phoenix DUI and criminal defense attorney.
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