Spark! As of right now, it’s authorized to smoke weed in Arizona
Congratulations Arizona: It is officially legal to own and enjoy cannabis in your state starting today.
You read that right. Right now. Right away.
In most states, voting on legalization is followed by months of waiting, as national initiatives often do not take effect until the following year. But in Arizona Prop. 207 was written to take effect once state officials approve the vote.
That certification took place this morning.
Arizona just legalized marijuana. Here’s what happens next
“We’re Doing Good Elections in Arizona”
Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, along with Governor Doug Ducey and Attorney General Mark Brnovich, signed the official election results in Phoenix. The election attestation also included Joe Biden’s victory there – a critical victory for the president-elect and a now infamous early call for Fox News.
Governor Doug Ducey, a Republican, doubled the fair results for his state and opposed President Trump’s continued campaign of false tweets and statements that challenged the results of the nationwide vote.
“We’re making good choices here in Arizona,” said Ducey. “The system is strong and that’s why I’ve bragged about it so much.”
When can you buy it?
Existing medical marijuana dispensaries are expected to open to all adult customers in early 2021.
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.
For full details on the new law, see the Leafly Prop. 207 manual and our full page on Arizona Marijuana Laws.
Don’t break the (new) law
Notice to Consumers: It is now legal to have up to one ounce of cannabis flower, and no more than five grams of that total can be in the form of a 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.
Do not consume in public! There are still tough laws in place banning weed public consumption in Arizona. Keep it private and enjoy.
Bruce Barcott, Leafly’s senior editor, oversees news, investigations, and feature projects. He is a Guggenheim Fellow and author of Weed the People: The Future of Legal Marijuana in America.
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