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Arizona simply legalized marijuana. This is what occurs subsequent

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Congratulations Arizona!

Grand Canyon State legalized recreational cannabis through Proposition 207 – also known as the Smart and Safe Act – which was passed with 60% of the vote.

The win is all the sweeter given Arizona’s failed attempt to legalize a similar bill in 2016.

Here’s what happens next.

No, not quite yet.

The exact date on which cannabis possession will be legal in Arizona is still unclear. While residents are undeniably aware of the fact that once the licensed retail program is active, going broke first is not entirely an option.

Our advice: if you want to be on the safe side, get a health card and sleep peacefully.

When can I buy it legally?

Probably next April.

According to Prop 207, state officials must establish program regulations by April 5, 2021. At this point, adult retail licenses must be issued. However, they could be given earlier.

Current medical pharmacies as well as a handful of aspiring cannabis entrepreneurs (more on this below) must apply for a recreational license by the end of March 2021.

“Use our adult stores [will be] runs until April 20th, ”Richard told Leafly.

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Will there be a marijuana tax?

Yes.

Adult cannabis products are subject to a 16% excise tax in addition to Arizona’s normal sales tax of 5.6%.

The total tax is therefore 21.6%.

The excise revenue from cannabis will support public safety, public health programs, community colleges, and infrastructure projects.

Can my city ban weed shops?

Although cities and counties can refuse new adult pharmacies, they cannot prevent current medical pharmacies from acquiring an adult license. As long as you live in a medical marijuana dispensary somewhere now, you likely have an adult store too.

Will there be a lot of new rec shops?

It depends on what you mean by “new”.

Most adult retail licenses will go to Arizona’s 130 currently operating medical pharmacies. These pharmacies cannot automatically offer recreational products. You need to apply for adult licenses.

The state will also issue 26 new social justice adult retail marijuana licenses and another handful of new licenses in rural areas that currently house fewer than two medical dispensaries.

Once legal, adults 21 and over can own an ounce of marijuana (no more than five grams of which is marijuana concentrate).

Possession between one and 2.5 ounces is treated as a minor offense, and minors caught with less than one ounce can face a maximum fine of $ 100 and four hours of drug counseling.

Can i grow marijuana at home?

Yes. Each adult is allowed to own and cultivate up to six plants at home.

Will there be a deletion process?

Yes. It starts next summer.

Starting July 12, 2021, people previously convicted of possessing less than an ounce of marijuana, a maximum of six plants, or cannabis paraphernalia can request deletion of their records.

Prop. 207 has provided funds generated through license fees and medical card fees to support community organizations that will, in turn, assist an estimated 200,000 Arizonans with the cancellation process themselves.

Unfortunately yes.

Employers still have the right to get a drug- and alcohol-free job.

Although no employer has employees drinking wine the night before they show up for work, many continue to test cannabis use outside of the workplace – and may legally fire an employee for private, personal use.

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