A record 43 tons of legal weed was consumed in Arizona in 2017

by Aaron Black • February 01, 2018
Medicl Marijuana in Phoenix, AZAccording to the Phoenix New Times, Arizona Medical marijuana use in Arizona increased roughly 50% over last year. The year ended with 153,000 patients or 34% more users than 2016. From smoking to vaping or consuming cannabis products such as edibles, concentrates and flowers, 43 tons of pot was consumed in 2017 compared to 29 tons in 2016,

Medical Marijuana in Phoenix, Arizona

The medical marijuana (canibus) act passed in November of 2010 in Arizona. Known as Proposition 203 (prop 203), it passed by a narrow margin with 50.13% of the vote. 

The Medical Marijuana Act allows the possession of marijuana for those with severe, chronic or terminal illnesses to legally use medical marijuana. Even with the passing of the medical marijuana act possession of marijuana still comes with limitations.

Active medical marijuana cardholders are protected from arrest and prosecution with the exception of being in control of a motorized vehicle while under the influence.

Medical marijuana restrictions

  • Being in control of a motorized vehicle while under the influence of medical marijuana. This include a car, aircraft or motorboat
  • Possession or use of marijuana in a child care facility or on a college campus in Arizona is prohibited 

Recreational marijuana is a felony in Arizona

Possession of marijuana (Cannabis) in Phoenix is considered a felony and it falls under the Arizona Legislation known as Proposition 200. Proposition 200 (Prop 200) is essentially three strikes and you’re out.
  • First conviction for possession of cannabis
The first conviction for possession of marijuana won’t land you in jail however you can face up to 3 years of probation.

Depending on the circumstances a first-time conviction may be negotiated down to a misdemeanor or perhaps enrollment in a program called TASC (Treatment Assessment Screening Center).

TASC is an Adult deferred prosecution program and if successfully completed which includes monthly random urine tests and the completion of a drug class your case will be dismissed.
  • Second conviction for possession of marijuana
A second conviction will also result in probation however you could face the possibility of up to one year in county jail.
  • Third possession of marijuana conviction
A third conviction for possession of pot a third time can land you a mandatory prison sentence if found guilty after trial.

When your freedom is at risk!

If you find yourself with legal issues over your use of medical marijuana it is important to contact a Criminal Defense Attorney in Phoenix who has a clear understanding of the legal complexities in regards to the legal use of medical marijuana.

I provide persona representation defending clients in all Arizona justice, municipal, state and federal courts in Phoenix and surrounding Arizona cities

Contact Criminal Defense Attorney Aaron Black is you or someone you know is facing charges related to medical marijuana, or call 480-729-1683 for a free legal consultion.
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