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Arizona keeps pot illegal

Many different types of substances from illegal substances like cocaine or methampetamine to prescription drugs like opioids can be involved in a criminal arrest in Arizona. The nature of the charges and penalties that a defendant may face can vary based upon which drug is involved and how much of the drug is involved.

Arizona residents were among several in the United States to decide whether or not to legalize the use of marijuana for recreational purposes in the recent election. Proposition 205 in Arizona did not pass. This means that the use of recreational pot will remain illegal in the state of Arizona. However, while the outcome of the vote in Arizona will not change things for the state's residents, the outcome of votes on the same topic in other states may affect Arizonans.

Neighboring Colorado was the first state to legalize pot a few years ago. Now, in 2016, two other adjacent states - California and Nevada - have followed suit. Now Arizona has three bordering states in which the legal use of marijuana is allowed. Arizona residents may be allowed to use pot while in those states although they would not be allowed to bring it back into Arizona.

Among the concerns with the use of pot is how to track and measure impairment among drivers. Anyone who has been charged with a pot-related crime in Arizona might want to talk to an attorney to learn what defense options they may have.

Source: The New York Times, "Californians Legalize Marijuana in Vote That Could Echo Nationally," Thomas Fuller, Nov. 9, 2016

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