State Laws

Arizona Marijuana Laws

     

Arizona Law
The state of Arizona does not allow any legal possession of marijuana under any circumstance. This includes for medical purposes or personal purposes. Also any possessed amount will result in lawful charges. This state has a minimum sentencing order that is mandatory for all those convicted of possession crimes.

Unlike most other states, Arizona does not currently have specified laws in regards to possession, trafficking, or selling marijuana near or within a specific distance of school campuses. According to amount at hand, such other states will include specified charges and convictions to marijuana associated crimes on school property.

Marijuana Possession and Trafficking
Each marijuana crime is based on the amount in possession and the circumstances surrounding the incident. Cultivating charges for marijuana are similar to possession charges. Possession of two pounds or less is considered either a misdemeanor offense or a felony offense, depending on the circumstances.

Consequences for such charges include a minimum of six months but no more than eighteen months of imprisonment with a fine between seven hundred fifty dollars and one hundred fifty thousand dollars. These same punishments stand for cultivating charges.

Marijuana possession between two and four pounds will also result in either a misdemeanor or felony offense. However consequences increase and include imprisonment between nine months and two years and a fine between seven hundred dollars and one hundred fifty thousand dollars. These are the same consequences for cultivating offenses.

Possessing or cultivating more than four pounds of marijuana is considered a felony offense and can result in imprisonment times between eighteen months and three years with a fine between seven hundred fifty dollars and one hundred fifty thousand dollars. Possessing or cultivating any amount of marijuana on a bus or school grounds is considered a felony offense and will result in an added year of imprisonment and added fines up to two thousand dollars.

Marijuana Sale
Marijuana sale consequences are slightly more advanced than cultivating and possessing charges. Selling two pounds or less is considered a felony offense and comes with the penalty of imprisonment times between eighteen months and three years with fines between seven hundred fifty dollars and one hundred fifty thousand dollars. Selling between two pounds and four pounds of marijuana is a felony offense in Arizona.

Penalties for these charges include fines between seven hundred fifty dollars and one hundred fifty thousand dollars with imprisonment times between thirty months and seven years. Selling more than four pounds is a felony offense and can result in no less than four years of imprisonment and no more than ten years with fines between seven hundred fifty dollars and one hundred fifty thousand dollars. These are similar results for delivery of marijuana offenses.

Paraphernalia Possession
Different charges can result from paraphernalia possession and sale. These charges are either misdemeanor or felony offenses and can result in imprisonment times between six months and eighteen months with fines up to one hundred fifty thousand dollars.

Driving Offenses
Arizona has a no tolerance law in regards to driving under the influence of marijuana. Such offenses are treated similarly to driving under the influence of alcohol charges. Any amount of marijuana in an individual's system will result in an arrest and subsequent charges.

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