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Marijuana in Arizona: Penalties, Benefits, and How the Law Affects You

Marijuana is booming business, and you don’t have to look far to find dispensaries; recreational or medicinal usage is legal in more than half the states. In 2010, Arizona made medical marijuana legal for those who met specific requirements.

What are the Penalties for Possession?

If you live in Phoenix or anywhere in Arizona, you likely won’t go to jail if you’re a first-time drug offender (although you still face fines, court-ordered drug classes, or probation). Often times, a charge can be reduced to a misdemeanor, depending on the circumstances.

With that said, if you get caught with 2 pounds or more of marijuana, then you could face a class 6 felony. Likewise, being caught with 2 pounds or more while transporting it within the state means a class 2 felony. Translation: much stiffer penalties.

A felony charge can have a significant impact on you well beyond the initial charge. You may have difficulty with:

  • Employment
  • Obtaining a loan
  • Finding housing

In addition, convicted felons cannot own a gun, while those who are convicted of a felony typically have to wait 2 years later in order to vote, assuming there are no other legal issues.

Benefits of Medical Marijuana

Marijuana comes with its share of medical benefits, from alleviating chronic pain, to restoring mobility. Some of the most common issues treated by medical marijuana today include:

  • Chronic migraines
  • Arthritis
  • Nerve damage
  • Back pain

There are many who advocate for traditional painkillers in lieu of marijuana. However, prescription drugs like morphine and oxycodone can become addictive and cause bigger problems down the line.

The Law and You

If you’re caught in possession of or transporting recreational marijuana, do not assume the law will be on your side. Just because medical marijuana is legal in Arizona, doesn’t mean you’ll get away scotch-free. Contact a lawyer from Nava Law Firm today. We’re experts in marijuana defense and will advocate your rights to get the best results possible.