PHOENIX — Marijuana has grown to become a $400 million industry in Arizona, but nine years after medical marijuana was legalized in our state, there is still confusion about how the law treats pot in Arizona.
- Recreational marijuana remains illegal in the state of Arizona, but in 2010 the state passed Proposition 203, which legalized medical marijuana.
- If you are found in possession of marijuana without a medical license, you could be charged with a felony offense. The severity of your charges varies depending on the quantity and type of drugs in your possession.
- Adults and individuals under the age of 18 can receive a medical marijuana card from the state, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.
- In addition to filling out forms and submitting the proper identification to apply for a medical marijuana card, adults must also have a physician complete the Medical Marijuana Physician Certification form.
- According to the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, patients must have their card with them if they are in possession of cannabis. Patients cannot have more than 2.5 ounces of "usable marijuana" in their possession at any time.
- Qualified medical marijuana patients are also allowed to grow up to 12 marijuana plants in an "enclosed, locked facility," according the law.
- Operating a vehicle under the influence of marijuana is unlawful and punishable by officials. An individual can even be charged with a DUI if metabolites are found in the body. Approved medical marijuana users are exempt from being charged with a DUI on the grounds of metabolites being found in their body.