Many states throughout the country have legalized medical and recreational use of marijuana. Although medicinal marijuana is legal in Arizona since 2011, recreational consumption remains unlawful.
Individuals diagnosed with cancer, Alzheimer's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), AIDS/HIV, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Hepatitis C, glaucoma, Crohn’s disease, severe nausea, seizure disorders, or chronic pain qualify for a medical marijuana card in Arizona. Medical marijuana patients can buy up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis every two weeks and grow up to 12 plants (if they live more than 25 miles away from a licensed dispensary).
Consumption of medical marijuana must be done privately. It is against the law to smoke cannabis while driving/riding in a vehicle and out in public. While medical marijuana patients may consume edible forms of cannabis in public, they are prohibited from operating a vehicle or perform any task that could constitute negligence if under the influence.
For individuals who do not have a medical marijuana card, possession of less than two pounds of pot is a Class 6 felony, which carries a maximum two-year prison term (with a minimum sentence of four months) and a fine of up to $150,000 (or a minimum fine of $1000). If a conviction results in probation, then the defendant must fulfill up to 24 hours of community service.
Possession of between two and four pounds of cannabis is a Class 5 felony, punishable by a prison sentence of up to 2.5 years (with a minimum term of six months) and a fine of up to $150,000 (or a minimum fine of $1,000). Possession of more than four pounds of marijuana is a Class 4 felony, which carries a maximum prison term of 3.75 years (with a minimum sentence of one year) and a fine no more than $150,000 (or a minimum fine of $1,000).
Marijuana possession laws in Arizona are significantly harsh. If you or a loved one has been arrested for possession of cannabis in Yuma, look no further than Bowman, Smith & Kallen, P.L.L.C. to help you avoid conviction or serving any time behind bars. With more than 100 years of combined experience, our legal team understands what it takes to help our clients get the best possible outcome in their cases.