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.

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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