Finally, the state of Arizona has legalized marijuana. Voters approved Proposition 207. Now, the law allows those over 21 to possess up to one ounce of marijuana. Plus, residents over 21 may grow up to six marijuana plants in an enclosed area. The law goes into effect on November 30, 2020. But, some things stay the same. It is still illegal to operate a car, train or boat while under the influence of marijuana. And institutions like schools and government properties can prohibit marijuana on their premises. Those convicted of marijuana possession can begin to petition the court beginning July 12, 2021.
The passing of legislation for the first sale took about two to three years in states like as the case in California, Oregon and Alaska. However, Arizona has other plans. It intends to offer licenses to medical marijuana dispensaries firsts. Non-profit medical marijuana facilities can apply to start on January 19, 2021. This applies to businesses in municipalities and towns that have less than two medical dispensaries, too. The application process will apply to both medical and recreational marijuana. As soon as the license is given, businesses can start settling. Arizona just may wind up being the quickest state to grant sales after legislation. It’s definitely a possibility.
When Will Dispensaries Open?
On the fast track to issue licenses, medical marijuana operators will be permitted to make use of their already established infrastructures. Retail will likely occur by next summer. As long as applicants and regulators are prepared, there’s no purpose to waiting. These businesses are already licensed within the state. Any approvals or inspections have likely already been done. The major elements for recreational cannabis are already in place. Senior Vice President of Operations for the Mint Dispensary has already said their application is waiting. Sales could even happen before April 20, 2021.
There are many good things that will come from the legalization of marijuana in Arizona. Cannabis sales will be taxed at 16 percent, and the tax revenue will be used for public services, infrastructure and community colleges. And with legalization, marijuana is no longer a felony. Restorative justice provisions can begin with expungements of previous convictions. No longer will Arizonians face criminal charges for possession of marijuana, the social stigma will be eliminated.
It’s been a long time coming for Arizonians. Medical marijuana and recreational marijuana are now legal in the state. Congratulations to all.