Congratulations, Arizona! 

The Grand Canyon State has legalized leisure hashish by way of Proposition 207— also called the Smart and Safe Act—which handed with 60% of the vote.

The victory is all of the sweeter in gentle of Arizona’s failed attempt to legalize the same invoice in 2016.

Right here’s what occurs subsequent.

No, not fairly but. 

The precise date that possessing hashish is authorized in Arizona stays unclear. Whereas residents will indisputably be within the clear as soon as the licensed retail program is energetic, getting busted earlier than then shouldn’t be completely out of the query. 

Our recommendation: if you wish to play it secure, get your self a medical card and sleep simple.

When can I purchase it legally?

Most likely subsequent April.

Prop 207 requires state officers to determine program rules by April 5, 2021, at which level adult-use retail licenses have to be handed out. They may, nonetheless, be handed out sooner.

Present medical dispensaries, in addition to a handful of aspiring hashish entrepreneurs (extra on that beneath), may have by way of the tip of March, 2021, to use for a leisure license. 

“Our grownup use shops [will be] up and operating by 4/20,” Richard instructed Leafly. 


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Will there be a marijuana tax?


Grownup-use hashish merchandise will probably be topic to a 16% excise tax along with Arizona’s regular 5.6% gross sales tax.

So the whole tax will probably be 21.6%.

Hashish excise tax income will help public security, public well being applications, neighborhood schools, and infrastructure initiatives.

Can my city ban weed shops?

Though cities and counties can decide out of new adult-use dispensaries, they can not stop present medical dispensaries from buying an adult-use license. So, so long as you reside someplace with a medical marijuana dispensary now, you’ll probably have an adult-use retailer, too.

Will there be quite a lot of new rec retailers?

It depends upon what you imply by “new.”

Most adult-use retail licenses will go to Arizona’s 130 presently working medical dispensaries. These dispensaries gained’t robotically have the ability to provide leisure merchandise. They’ll be required to use for adult-use licenses.

The state may even challenge 26 new social fairness adult-use retail marijuana licenses, and an extra handful of recent licenses in rural counties which might be presently residence to lower than two medical dispensaries.

As soon as it’s authorized, adults 21 or older will have the ability to possess one ounce of marijuana (with not more than 5 grams of it being marijuana focus).

Possessing between one and a pair of.5 ounces will probably be handled as a petty offense, and minors caught with lower than one ounce might obtain a $100 most superb and 4 hours of drug counseling.

Can I develop marijuana at residence?

Sure. Every grownup will probably be allowed to own and domesticate as much as six vegetation at residence.

Will there be an expungement course of?

Sure. It begins subsequent summer time.

Starting July 12, 2021, individuals beforehand convicted of possessing lower than an oz of marijuana, a most of six vegetation, or hashish paraphernalia, can petition to have their file expunged. 

Prop. 207 has allotted funds—generated by way of licensing charges and medical card charges—to help neighborhood organizations that may in flip help an estimated 200,000 Arizonans with the expungement course of itself.

Sadly, sure.

Employers nonetheless have the correct to take care of a drug- and alcohol-free office.

Though no employer exams workers members for consuming wine the evening earlier than displaying up for work, many proceed to check for off-the-job hashish use—and will, by regulation, fireplace an worker for personal, private use.

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Max Savage Levenson probably has the bottom hashish tolerance of any author on the hashish beat. He additionally writes about music for Pitchfork, Bandcamp and different bespectacled people. He co-hosts The Hash podcast. His dream interview is Tyler the Creator.

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