The Proposition 207 for Arizona has passed, which means people age 21 and older will be able to possess and grow marijuana. Medical marijuana dispensaries can sell to adults. Yes, that’s right, marijuana is legal in Arizona now! So, what does that mean and when do all of these changes take effect?
What Prop 207 Means
The proposition, also known as the Smart and Safe Arizona Act, passed 60% to 40%. This law does several things for Arizonans:
- Arizonans age 21 and older can now possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana or 5 grams of concentrates
- Arizonans age 21 and older can grow up to 6 plants at home, or up to 12 plants if there are more than 1 adult living on the property
When It Takes Effect
In order to fully take effect, the state will need to certify the law. This happens on November 30. That means November 30 is the day that this law takes effect. Be aware of the fact that even after this law takes effect, smoking weed in public is still against the law.
The other thing this law will do is allow dispensaries to sell to adults. That won’t happen right away. Even though the law should go into effect on November 30, dispensaries will not be able to apply for the license until January 19. This means that most dispensaries won’t be able to sell until mid-March at the earliest. Until the dispensary has the new license issued, they can still only sell to medical marijuana card holders. Arizona currently has about 120 operating medical dispensaries, but it is unknown how many will apply for the new license.
However, if DHS doesn’t issue recreational licenses by April 5, medical dispensaries in good standing can begin offering sales to adults until the department issues licenses. This means that most dispensaries can start selling before April 20, 2021, or 420 as it’s often known.
What This Means for Arizonans
This law obviously means that it will no longer be against the law to possess small amounts of marijuana or grow marijuana at home. However, depending on where you live in the state, it could mean even more.
Certain counties have already announced that they will drop charges for marijuana possession after the law goes into effect, so people currently charged with possession may see this benefit as well. In the law, it is stated that starting July 12, those who were arrested for, charged with, convicted of, or sentenced for possessing two and a half ounces or less of marijuana, not more than 12.5 grams of concentrate, or having six marijuana plants, or marijuana paraphernalia, can petition to have the record expunged. Things may change now that marijuana is legal in Arizona now.