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Charges and penalties for pot in Arizona

If you or someone you know has been accused of a crime involving marijuana, you will want to understand how Arizona’s laws deal with the situation. While many other states in the nation have legalized the use of marijuana for recreational purposes, the drug remains illegal in Arizona. The Arizona State Legislature makes it clear that crimes involving pot may result in felony criminal charges.

The legal statutes outline four different types or groups of activities that may be associated with a pot-related charge. One group of activities includes importing, transporting or offer to import or transport pot. A second activity is production of marijuana. A third activity is possessing marijuana to sell it. The fourth set of activities is the possession or the use of the drug.

Charges related to transportation or importation of pot will be either Class 2 or Class 3 felonies based upon the amount of the drug involved. Four or more pounds of pot may result in a Class 2 charge while smaller amounts may result in a Class 3 charge. For the production of pot, Class 3, 4 or 4 felonies may be charged. Possession of marijuana to sell the drug will be Class 2, 3 or 4 felonies. Use or possession with no intention to sell will be Class 4, 5 or 6 felonies. In each grouping, the amount of the drug involved will determine the level of the charge.

If you would like to learn more about Arizona’s drug crime laws and penalties, please feel free to visit the marijuana laws page of our criminal defense website.


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