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.
What’s the deal with recreational delivery? Are ANY dispensaries doing rec delivery, or just medical? What’s the future look like for recreational delivery, if not available today, are there proposals or legislation in the works?
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