By: Christopher M. Mason
“Arizona voters recently approved Proposition 207 – also known as the “Smart and Safe Arizona Act” – which largely decriminalizes marijuana possession and use for those who are at least 21 years old, establishes a framework for regulating the sale and possession of marijuana, and imposes excise taxes on recreational marijuana. Although marijuana was previously authorized under Arizona law for medical purposes, recreational use was prohibited until the passage of this new law. Arizona now joins fourteen other states to authorize recreational marijuana use.
Starting after the election is certified, likely in early December, Arizonans can legally possess and consume up to 1 ounce of marijuana under state law with no more than 5 grams being marijuana concentrates (extracts), and can grow up to 6 marijuana plants at their residence (12 plants where two or more adults live). Marijuana use will remain unlawful in public places. Dispensaries will likely begin recreational sales by April 2021, once the Arizona Department of Health Services adopts regulations consistent with the new law. ”
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