Recreational marijuana is legal in Arizona but there’s still no way legally to get it
By Josh Sanders
Arizona officials, including Republican Governor Doug Ducey, have certified the election in Arizona, and now recreational marijuana is officially legal.
However, if you're 21 years or older and want to purchase or grow the drug, there's no legal way to do so for now.
“Very important that people know there is no method for people to buy legal cannabis anywhere in Arizona today, but it’s coming,” Founder of the Marijuana Industry Trade Association Demitri Downing. “Look it’s very complicated right now – this transition from a black market to a tax and regulated market.”
Arizona's Department of Health Services will begin receiving applications for dispensaries starting in January and experts say March or April will likely be the earliest buyers without a medical marijuana card can legally purchase pot.
“There’s this weird void of time that will exist where people will be able to hold, possess and consume but where did it come from?,” said Downing.
Proposition 207 now certified allows Arizonans 21 years and older to legally possess up to one ounce of cannabis and grow up to six plants, but it doesn’t change the facts that smoking it in public places is still illegal along with driving under the influence.
12 News spoke with Phoenix personal injury attorney Marc Lamber, who is an expert on DUI laws in the state. He warns against underestimating the effect that THC can have on your ability to drive.