In the United States, there are currently 17 states that have legalized the use of medical marijuana. Arizona was the 15th state to do so by passing Ballot Proposition 203 in the year 2010, amending Title 36 of the Arizona Revised Statutes (A.R.S.) by adding Chapter 28.1 entitled "Arizona Medical Marijuana Act." According to this act, a person with written certification from a physician may apply for registration in order to qualify for the use of medical marijuana. The Arizona Medical Marijuana Act also restricts the cultivation of medical marijuana to certain non-profit dispensaries, which must be approved by the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) and follow strict guidelines regarding the production and distribution of marijuana to registered users.

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A.R.S. §36-2816 holds the regulations regarding medical marijuana in Arizona. Some of the laws revolving around the use of marijuana medically include:

  • Registered users may not obtain more than 2.5 ounces of marijuana from a dispensary within a period of 14 days.
  • Registered dispensaries may not issue marijuana to anyone other than a registered user.
  • Registered dispensaries may not obtain plants or marijuana from any source apart from another registered dispensary.
  • Registered individuals must obtain their medical marijuana from a dispensary unless there is no such facility within 25 miles of their place of residence. In this case, they must be approved by the ADHS before cultivating their own plants.

Violation of these guidelines could result in a class 2 felony and up to 10 years in prison. Also, anyone who commits a marijuana drug crime could be penalized according to A.R.S. §13-3405, which could also result in a class 2 felony conviction. Need an attorney for drug charges in Phoenix?

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If you are a registered user of medical cannabis in Arizona and have been arrested for a marijuana drug crime, call MayesTelles PLLC today. Our attorneys could aggressively fight to ensure that you do not receive a wrongful conviction. Looking for a lawyer for a drug crime in Phoenix? Our two main attorneys are an experienced trial attorney and a former prosecutor, which provides our team with valuable knowledge and insight that can be used to defend you from every possible angle. For a free case evaluation, fill out our form online or call our offices for a consultation. The sooner you call, the higher your chances of success.

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