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Arizona: Measure Introduced To Defelonize Minor Marijuana Offenses
Legislation, House Bill 2007, is pending in the House to defelonize minor marijuana possession offenses.
Arizona’s penalties pertaining to the possession and/or sale of cannabis are among the toughest in the nation. Under present law, marijuana possession is classified as a felony, punishable by up to two years in jail. Annually, an estimated 20,000 Arizonans are arrested for violating marijuana possession laws.
House Bill 2007 will reclassify minor marijuana possession offenses from a felony to a civil offense, punishable by a fine only — no arrest, no criminal prosecution, and no criminal record.
NORML will continue to update you in the coming weeks as this proposal moves forward.