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AZ Marijuana Laws

Updated on April 30, 2020.  Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer

Arizona Cannabis Law

Arizona law prohibits the recreational use of marijuana, but the state does have a medical marijuana program.

Possession, cultivation and sale of marijuana or paraphernalia in Arizona are felonies.

Penalties range from four months to two years in prison and a $150,000 fine for possession of less than two pounds, to prison terms of as long as 12.5 years for trafficking involving two pounds or more. Higher sentences are possible if minors are involved or if the offense is committed in a school zone.

Arizona Medical Marijuana Law

Arizona voters in 2010 approved a ballot proposal removing state-level penalties on the use, possession and cultivation of marijuana by any patient with a recommendation from a primary care physician stating that he or she would benefit from medical marijuana.

The Arizona Department of Health Services is responsible for implementing the program. Qualifying patients, caregivers and dispensaries may apply for two-year licenses on the department’s website. The state issues electronic marijuana cards.

Qualifying conditions for an Arizona marijuana card include Alzheimer’s disease, cancer and chronic pain.

State-licensed dispensaries may produce and dispense marijuana on a not-for-profit basis. Home cultivation is allowed if the patient lives more than 25 miles from a dispensary.

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Offense

Penalty

Incarceration

  Max. Fine

Possession

Less than 2 lbs felony 4 mos – 2 years

$ 750

2 – 4 lbs felony 6 mos – 2.5 years

$ 750

More than 4 lbs felony 1 – 3.75 years

$ 750

Sale

Less than 2 lbs felony 1 – 3.75 years

$ 750

2 – 4 lbs felony 2 – 8.75 years

$ 750

More than 4 lbs felony 2 – 12.5 years

$ 750

Manufacture

Less than 2 lbs felony 6 mos – 2.5 years

$ 750

2 – 4 lbs felony 1 – 3.75 years

$ 750

More than 4 lbs felony 2 – 8.75 years

$ 750

Trafficking

Less than 2 lbs felony 2 – 8.75 years

$ 750

2 lbs or more felony 2 – 12.5 years

$ 750

Hash & Concentrates

Possession felony 1 – 3 years

$ 2,000

Manufacture or transporting into the state felony 3 – 10 years

$ 2,000

Paraphernalia

Possession or advertising of paraphernalia felony 4 mos – 2 years

$ 750

Miscellaneous (license suspensions, civil damages, etc…)

Employing a minor in the commission of a drug offense, being convicted of a prior felony, or committing a drug offense in a school zone, lead to an increased sentence.
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