Legal Marijuana: Everything You Need to Know About Marijuana Law in Arizona
Marijuana, in all forms, is bound by the strict law; not all state in America or countries across the globe allows its state to grow marijuana. Since its backdrop in 1930’s, the federal government has passed Marihuana Tax Act of 1937, stating that growing marijuana and selling them publicly can put you on trial.
Fortunately, due to on-going medical research and proofs, numbers of states in America have allowed growing and dispensing marijuana; one, for instance, is the state of Arizona.
When did Arizona uplift their law against marijuana use?
Strictly speaking, Arizona had legalized marijuana and its dispensaries for medical purposes, anything beyond that still remains illegal. Arizona has legalized medical marijuana back in 2010; thanks to the residents that passed the Arizona Proposition 203.
Can anyone purchase medical marijuana?
No. Medical cannabis or marijuana can be legally purchased by patients with ID card issued by their doctors who are licensed to grow and dispense marijuana for medical use. Additionally, possessing marijuana for medical use has limitations too; patients are only allowed to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana every two weeks and licensed growers can only grow up to 12 plants of it.
The Schedule 1 controlled substance includes the juice or the concentrates and the edible marijuana; thus, possessing it without license or approval from medical marijuana doctor can put you serious charges under ARS 13-3405.
If you have a valid medical marijuana card, how do you consume it?
Consumption of marijuana for medical use should be done privately; smoking marijuana publicly will lose your license of carrying medical marijuana and can put you on trial. Although you may consume edible marijuana publicly, the law prohibits you from consuming it when driving vehicle; this is to avoid problems or negligence when the effects of marijuana get you.
Driving under the influence of marijuana is punishable with fines, probation, and time in jail, and suspension of license.
Who are medically qualified to take medical marijuana?
The Arizona marijuana laws or the legal use of marijuana under Arizona Medical Marijuana Act defines the use of marijuana as to treat “debilitating” or chronic medical conditions such as:
• Severe and chronic pain
• PSTD or post-traumatic stress disorder
There are several more conditions that were claimed treated by medical cannabis; however, not everyone is allowed to use the medical form of marijuana. The Arizona law states that only the following can take and carry medical marijuana:
• Patients that are at least 18 years and above
• Have valid government-issued ID that certifies a registered medical cannabis patient
• A resident of Arizona
• Have medical records with a history of taking prescribed medical cannabis by a licensed medical marijuana doctor.
How to get medical marijuana card?
To obtain medical marijuana, you have to consult licensed physicians who have certification to prescribe medical marijuana. With $150 application fee (on top of doctor’s fee), you will be able to get your card within 5 business days; however, you should be reminded that the card must be renewed every year.
Lastly, you have to remember that due to statutory limitations, you are not allowed to carry or use medical cannabis or marijuana outside Arizona without consulting the authorities.