IRIE NATURAL CENTER FOR HEALTH
Q. What you need to know about Recreational marijuana vs Medical marijuana in Arizona
Marijuana possession and consumption will be legal for adults 21 and older in Arizona sometime in March 2021 (but could be earlier).
Q. Who can legally purchase and consume marijuana in Arizona?
Residents of Arizona 21 and older may possess up to 1 ounce of usable marijuana or 5 grams of concentrate. Patients with a medical marijuana card can possess up to 2.5 ounces every two weeks (14 days) and grow up to 12 plants.
Q. Will recreational marijuana be more expensive than medical marijuana?
Yes, a 16% excise tax (similar to alcohol and cigarettes) will be imposed on recreational cannabis sold at state-licensed dispensaries.
Q. How much marijuana can I purchase?
Patients 18 and older with a medical marijuana card can possess up to 2.5 ounces every two weeks (14 days), 5 ounces a month. Residents of Arizona 21 and older may possess up to 1 ounce of usable marijuana or 5 grams of concentrate.
Q. Who can cultivate marijuana?
Patients 18 years and older with a medical marijuana card can grow up to 12 plants. Individuals 21 years and older can grow no more than six marijuana plants in their residences, as long as the plants are within a lockable enclosed area and beyond public view.
Q. Why Should I have a Medical Marijuana Card?
The Act prohibits certain discriminatory practices, including:
A school or landlord can't refuse to enroll or lease to a qualifying patient unless failing to do so would cause the school or landlord to lose benefits under federal law;
An employer can't discriminate against a qualifying patient in hiring, terminating, or imposing employment conditions unless failing to do so would cause the employer to lose benefits under federal law; and
An employer can't penalize a qualifying patient for a positive drug test for marijuana, unless the patient used, possessed, or was impaired by marijuana on the employment premises or during hours of employment.
Are there benefits to keeping my Medical Marijuana Card?
Yes, for recreational users: Driving, flying or boating impaired to even the slightest degree by marijuana would remain illegal. Driving under the influence (DUI) is a misdemeanor (first offense) punishable by fines, a license suspension, probation and even jail time
For a person who is registered as a qualifying medical marijuana use patient won't be found guilty of driving under the influence solely because marijuana metabolites were found in his/her system.