In 2020, Arizona joined the growing number of states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use. The Smart and Safe Arizona Act (SSAA)—which is also known as Prop 207—made it legal for adults 21 and older to possess, cultivate, and use marijuana. The law also provides for the licensing of dispensaries that can legally sell marijuana to consumers.
It is important to remember, however, that SSAA is not a free pass for marijuana sale and use. A variety of rules will continue to govern the use of the drug in Arizona, and it is important to know what those rules are so that you don’t find yourself on the wrong side of the law.
Keep These Marijuana Facts in Mind
If you decide to become a recreational marijuana user, you will want to make sure you keep the following things in mind:
- You must be 21 or older to use recreational marijuana in Arizona.
- An individual may possess 1 ounce of marijuana—no more than 5 grams of which can be concentrates or extracts.
- Marijuana use remains illegal in all public places.
- Employers retain the right to maintain a drug-free work environment.
- There is a zero-tolerance rule when it comes to driving, flying, or boating while under the influence of marijuana. No amount of impairment is permissible.
If You Are Arrested for Marijuana Use or Possession, You Need a Lawyer
As we have noted, the SSAA includes clear and stringent guidelines for recreational marijuana in Arizona. If you are arrested for violating the new marijuana law, you should speak with an attorney right away. Your attorney will investigate the facts surrounding your arrest and develop the best possible defense for your situation.
The lawyers of Griffen & Stevens fully understand the SSAA and how it impacts individuals who are arrested for an offense related to marijuana. Don’t try to fight the charges on your own. Instead, contact us for a free consultation. We are ready to go to work for you.