ARIZONA PROPOSITION 207, MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION INITIATIVE (2020)
The Arizona Proposition 207 legislation
Also going by the Smart and Safe Act, Arizona Proposition 207 legalizes the use of recreational marijuana in Arizona for adults 21 years and above.
After a failed November 2016 ballot initiation, the Smart and Safe Arizona Arizona marijuana legalization initiative finally got voters’ nod in November 2020.
Source: Associated Press
Facts about The Arizona Proposition 207 legislation
The Arizona Marijuana Legalization Initiative permits adults 21 years and older to possess up to 1 ounce (28 g) of marijuana.
Adults can’t have more than 5 grams of marijuana concentrate.
It allows an individual to grow up to 6 marijuana plants at home.
However, householders with more than two adults can grow up to 12 marijuana plants.
The proposition also bears good news to individuals previously convicted of possessing less than an ounce of marijuana or growing fewer than six marijuana plants. Starting from July 12, 2021, you can have your records expunged.
The legislature mandates the state Department of Health Services to set rules for retail marijuana sales in Arizona.
Like all retail items sold in Arizona, the Arizona Proposition 207 legislation subjects marijuana to state and local sales taxes.
In addition to the state and local sales taxes, marijuana products attract an additional 16% excise tax.
Revenue collected from the taxes is channeled to different state government agencies responsible for activities related to the act. These include police departments, fire departments, highways, and community college districts.
The priority of tax revenue expenditure is for enforcement of the Arizona state cannabis regulations.
After enforcement of cannabis regulations, the different state agencies will receive the remaining revenue in the following percentages: 33% for community colleges, 31.4% for the police and fire departments, 25.4% for a highway fund, 10% for the justice fund, and 0.2% to the state attorney general.
Though legalized, the initiative gives employers the liberty to maintain or adopt “drug-free workplace” policies, restricting their employees from using marijuana at the workplace.
Additionally, it also restricts the use of marijuana in public places, including sidewalks, parks, and restaurants.
Using marijuana is prohibited while operating a vehicle, like a boat, plane, or car.
For those operating vehicles, it is illegal to operate a vehicle after consuming marijuana.
The legislation will also adopt a “Social Equity Ownership Program,” which prioritizes issuing licenses to owners “from communities disproportionately impacted by the enforcement of previous marijuana laws.”
What if you are caught with more than one ounce (28 g) of marijuana? The initiative establishes that the possession of more than an ounce (28 g) but less than 2.5 ounces (71 g), of marijuana, by an adult is a petty offense.
The initiative also provides for a $100 fine and mandatory drug counseling for first time offending minors found in possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.
The initiative further prohibits the sale of marijuana products that resemble a “human, animal, insect, fruit, toy or cartoon.”
What Is recreational marijuana?
The Arizona Proposition 207 talks of recreational marijuana, but for the sake of clarity, we’ll breakdown the jargon and answer the questions most readers and people new to the world of marijuana ask.
If you wonder what recreational marijuana is and if there is any difference with “normal” marijuana, then the answer is in the terms, marijuana for recreation purposes.
Marijuana, pronounced in Spanish as [maɾiˈhwana], also known as cannabis, is a psychoactive drug from the Cannabis plant, used majorly for medical or recreational purposes.
The main psychoactive (the high you get from smoking pot) component of cannabis is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
THC is one of the 480+ known compounds found in the cannabis plant, which includes at least 65 cannabinoids, like cannabidiol Cannabis majorly used as an extract, in food, for smoking, or vaporizing.
How to take advantage of the Arizona Proposition 207 to cash in on the marijuana boom
With the legalization of marijuana in Arizona, you will no longer need a marijuana medical card to either consume or grow marijuana for recreational purposes.
That means every adult of 21 years and above can start a marijuana home garden installation.
You will need some education on how to grow and tend to your marijuana plants.
Once you know what to do in order to guarantee the best yields, you will need to source for marijuana seeds.
Available options are feminized marijuana seeds, non-feminized marijuana seeds, auto flower marijuana seeds, and full term marijuana seeds.