Sentencing Guidelines for Marijuana Possession in Arizona
As you probably know, the use of marijuana for medical reasons has been approved by Arizona voters. This does not average that you have free reign to possess the illegal drug, nor does it average that the states laws against possession have become any more lenient.
Ever surprise what you should expect if youre discovered to be in possession (not for sale) of marijuana by a member of Arizonas law enforcement? Heres a breakdown:
Amount –> Severity –> Incarceration –> Fine
Less than 2 lbs. –> Misdemeanor or felony –> 6 months – 2 years –> $750 – $150,000 2 lbs. – 4 lbs. –> Felony –> Up to 2 years –> $750 – $150,000 4 lbs. or more –> Felony –> 1 year – 3.75 years –> $750 – $150,000 Near school or bus –> Felony –> Additional 1 year –> $2,000 – $150,000
If youre convicted of personal possession or use of marijuana, you are eligible for probation and the court is required to suspend the imposition or execution of the sentence. While on probation, you must participate in an appropriate drug treatment or education program and may be required to attend a more stringent treatment program and serve one year in jail for a second offense.
If convicted of a third or later offense, you are not eligible for probation. You must also submit to urine drug tests as a condition of your probation. Of course, if you have a medical prescription, and a small amount of marijuana, you are exempt from the above.
If youve been charged with marijuana possession without a prescription, contact a criminal attorney who can answer your questions and tell you what to expect in court.