Marijuana advocates throughout Arizona are collecting signatures to help
a marijuana-legalization measure appear on the November 2016 ballot. Proponents
argue that legalizing marijuana could generate an excess of $60 million
in tax revenue on a yearly basis, with over $51 million allocated toward
K-12 schools. This is all according to an independent study conducted
by Grand Canyon Institute, a non-profit, non-partisan research organization
located in Phoenix.
While marijuana is still illegal under federal law, passage of this measure
would allow adults 21 and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana,
and would also allow them to grow up to six plants in their home for their
personal recreational use. Even if marijuana is legalized, however, it
must be remembered that operating a vehicle while under the influence
is still grounds for a DUI.
What are the penalties for drugged driving in Arizona?
As with a standard alcohol-related
DUI, drugged driving, including driving under the influence of marijuana,
can result in serious penalties. Just because the drug is legal, or even
if it is used for legitimate medical reasons does not mean that it is
safe to drive while it is in your system.
drugged driving conviction in Arizona, without any other aggravating factors, may carry
the following penalties:
- 10 to 180 days in jail
- A fine of approximately $1,800, plus jail costs
- License suspension for at least 90 days
- Community service
- Drug counseling and/or treatment
- Installation of an ignition interlock device (IID) for 12 months
Other Marijuana-Related Crimes
If this measure does pass, marijuana users must also ensure that they abide
by the specifics of the law. Anyone found in possession of more than one
ounce of marijuana, or who is caught dealing marijuana, can be charged
with a drug offense and will be subject to harsh state and/or federal
penalties. Drug crimes are aggressively prosecuted and, without experienced
criminal defense counsel, could result in a conviction carrying prison
sentences, hefty fines, and other reputation-damaging consequences.
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