Legislation has been reintroduced to defelonize marijuana possession penalties in Arizona. House Bill 2044 amends state law so that the adult possession of up to one ounce of marijuana is reduced from a potential felony (punishable by 1.5 years in prison and a $150,000 fine) to a “petty offense” punishable by a $500 fine. Passage of this measure would amend Arizona law from one of the strictest in the nation to one of the most lenient.
The bill has yet to be assigned a committee or hearing date. Please contact your House member and urge him or her to support HB 2044.
Further information regarding statewide marijuana law reform efforts is available from Arizona NORML here.