Understanding Arizona’s New Recreational Cannabis Laws
We made it! Recreational marijuana is finally available in Arizona – thanks to Prop 207 passed in November 2020. It has been a long road coming, but now that it’s here, it’s bound to come with some confusion. Here are a few things new recreational consumers should know about Arizona’s new adult-use Cannabis laws:
General Rules & Regulations
- All adult-use customers are required to present a valid 21+ photo identification at time of check-in. This includes state-issued IDs, driver licenses, passports, among others. Out of state licenses and passports are accepted
- Recreational tax on products will be between 16-26%. Medical-only tax is about 6%
- Public consumption is still illegal! Please continue to use cannabis responsibly and in the safety of your own home or private property. Offenders may be found guilty of a petty offence.
- No marijuana products can be sold that imitate brands marketed to children or look like humans, animals, insects, fruits, toys or cartoons.
- Driving, flying or boating impaired to even the slightest degree by marijuana would remain illegal (i.e., zero tolerance rule).
- Recreational consumers are allowed to purchase up to 28g per dispensary transaction
- Of the 28g total, 5g can be concentrated form: edibles, vaporizer cartridges, extracts, etc.
- Recreational edibles are limited to 10 mg of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) per serving and/or 100 mg per package.
- Possessing more than one ounce but less than 2.5 ounces would be a petty offense. Minors caught with less than one ounce would receive up to a $100 fine and four hours of drug counseling for a first offense. A second offense would be up to a $100 fine and eight hours of drug counseling. A third offense would be a Class 1 misdemeanor.
Medical vs. Recreational
- Patients who retain their medical card will be able to shop higher dose edibles and are exempt from the 16%+ state tax.
- Employers can still enforce a drug-free workplace, so having a medical marijuana card may grant you certain workplace safeties through the AMMA.
- Some dispensaries may offer certain products only to medical patients
- Each adult over 21 is able to grow up to 6 plants in their home in Arizona.
- Adults can grow up to 12 total plants If two or more adults are residing in the same place
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AZDHS State Warning
WARNING: There may be potential dangers to fetuses caused by smoking or ingesting marijuana while pregnant or to infants while breastfeeding. Use of marijuana during pregnancy may result in a risk being reported to the Department of Child Safety during pregnancy or at birth of the child by persons who are required to report.