The FBI recently released U.S. crime statistics for 2011. Estimates show that every 42 seconds, an arrest was made for crime related to Marijuana. Of those arrests, 87% were for Marijuana Possession. These statistics come in the midst of several states pushing to legalize marijuana on one level or another.
In 2010, Proposition 203 was passed by a popular vote in Arizona, making it legal for approved individuals to use medical marijuana as treatment for certain debilitating health problems. Since then, there have been many efforts to create guidelines and regulations to support the new laws. There have also been significant setbacks and controversies along the way.
Federal law still prohibits the use of Marijuana and as long as those laws are still in place, states like Arizona cannot proceed without legal battles and law enforcement conflict. This has long been a matter of debate and confusion and will likely go to the United States Supreme Court for further judgment.
Still, Arizona law remains strict for those in possession of, selling transporting or distributing marijuana outside of medical marijuana permission and restrictions. Most marijuana-related crimes are charged as felonies. The quantity of marijuana involved plays a significant part in determining “intent to sell” or “possession for distribution or trafficking,” both for which more extreme penalties apply. Mandatory prison sentencing guidelines are in place for possession of marijuana in excess of 2 pounds and fines can be quite costly.
If you have been charged with marijuana possession in Arizona or any other marijuana related crimes, contact Naegle & Crider Criminal Defense Attorneys immediately. The Naegle & Crider Criminal Defense Attorneys understands marijuana laws in Arizona and can protect your rights. You deserve a strong defense and aggressive representation. Contact The Naegle Law Firm at 480-245-5550.