Medical cannabis laws are different in every state, so it’s important to know each state’s laws if you live there or are even just traveling through. As of 2020, a total of 33 states are legal, whether medical or adult-use. To be able to keep up with the ever-changing laws, we are going to give you a breakdown of recent Arizona medical marijuana laws. Along with these states the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands have also approved adult-use cannabis.
Although 11 states and the District of Columbia are adult-use legal crossing state borders can have serious consequences. Even traveling from an adult-use state to a medical state and vice-versa can have repercussions, so before you decide to take a trip through the states let’s go over a couple of key laws.
In 2010, the state of Arizona passed Proposition 207 legalizing medical cannabis. Since 2010 the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) has managed the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (AMMA) giving aid to ill patients to be treated by medical cannabis. AMMA also protects patients from prosecution due to their doctor’s recommendation on utilizing cannabis and receiving a medical marijuana card.
A medical marijuana card allows a patient to obtain 2.5 ounces of cannabis in the state of Arizona. However, we recommend that you always be smart when carrying cannabis. Arizona is known to be one of the toughest states on criminal marijuana laws in the U.S., especially for those who aren’t registered as patients. Even with a medical marijuana card, it’s best to be safe when carrying products.
The state of Arizona is strict on carrying cannabis through federal locations such as national parks, national forests, and monuments the possession of cannabis is illegal – even with a card. The punishment for being caught with cannabis on federal property can be up to a year in jail, along with a sizeable fine. Cannabis is also illegal on ski slopes in the state of Arizona. The base of the ski slope may be private, but the slope itself is federal land. Whenever you have cannabis on you be sure to pay attention if you are on federal, public, or private land.
Driving Under the Influence with Cannabis
Driving under the influence (DUI) whether alcohol, cannabis, or other substances is illegal in all 50 states. Arizona is known to be one of the strictest states with DUIs. Whether using cannabis for your medicine or recreationally police warn of potential arrest. The penalties are harsh in the state of Arizona.
If pulled over and cannabis or other paraphernalia are in site additional charges may be added. Arizona Law A.R.S. § 28-1381 states a person may be guilty of driving under the influence if the person operating the vehicle is impaired even slightly due to drugs or alcohol. A.R.S. § 13 – 3401 considers “drugs” to include cannabis, pot, weed, marijuana, and synthetic cannabis.
Arizona is just one of many states with strict cannabis adult-use laws. The Open Dør ensures all products are of the highest quality for your safety and wellbeing. If you’re interested in receiving more information on state laws and regulations sign up for our newsletter HERE. Always remember to be aware when carrying your medicinal cannabis!