Congratulations, Arizona! 

The Grand Canyon State has legalized leisure hashish by way of Proposition 207— also referred to as 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 an identical 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 lively, 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 straightforward.

When can I purchase it legally?

Most likely subsequent April.

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

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

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

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Will there be a marijuana tax?

Sure.

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

So the full tax can be 21.6%.

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

Can my city ban weed shops?

Though cities and counties can decide out of new adult-use dispensaries, they can’t 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 possible have an adult-use retailer, too.

Will there be a number of new rec outlets?

It will depend on what you imply by “new.”

Most adult-use retail licenses will go to Arizona’s 130 at the moment working medical dispensaries. These dispensaries received’t routinely be capable of provide leisure merchandise. They’ll be required to use for adult-use licenses.

The state may also subject 26 new social fairness adult-use retail marijuana licenses, and an extra handful of latest licenses in rural counties which are at the moment residence to lower than two medical dispensaries.

As soon as it’s authorized, adults 21 or older will be capable of 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 can be handled as a petty offense, and minors caught with lower than one ounce might obtain a $100 most positive and 4 hours of drug counseling.

Can I develop marijuana at residence?

Sure. Every grownup can 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 season.

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 document expunged. 

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

Sadly, sure.

Employers nonetheless have the suitable to keep up a drug- and alcohol-free office.

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

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Max Savage Levenson possible 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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