The state of Arizona has some of the most stringent drug laws and regulations in the country. Although the use of medical marijuana is allowed, the state still maintains several regulations regarding the appropriate use of marijuana for this purpose. Understanding current marijuana regulations in Arizona allows you to separate myth from fact and protect your rights and your reputation.
Medical Marijuana Laws and Limitations
While Arizona allows for the legal use of medical marijuana, there are still several limitations associated with the state’s medical marijuana laws. As of 2012, it is illegal to possess marijuana for any reason on a college campus, including medical purposes. Furthermore, a 2014 ruling maintained that medical marijuana use does not provide drivers with immunity if they are pulled over and test positive for marijuana. While medical marijuana cardholders can be fired if in possession or under the influence of marijuana while in the workplace, employers cannot take negative action against an employee for their cardholder status alone.
Marijuana Possession Laws
Without a medical marijuana card or license, the possession, sale, and manufacture or cultivation of marijuana is considered a state felony. The penalties for these crimes are based on the amount of marijuana found, with distinctions made for quantities of less than two pounds of marijuana, four pounds or more of marijuana, and between two and four pounds of marijuana. Individuals who are found with marijuana may face jail sentences of four months to 12.5 years and fines of up to $150,000. Factors such as employing a minor in a drug-related offense, past convictions, and drug offenses committed within school zones can all lead to increased jail time upon a successful conviction.
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