Unfortunately Arizona failed to pass the Arizona Marijuana Legalization Initiative (Proposition 205) in the November 2016 election. The state has a relatively short history with legal marijuana – Arizona first legalized medical marijuana in 2010 when residents passed Arizona Proposition 203. The proposition passed with a narrow margin of 50.13% and was the fourth time a medical marijuana initiative was on the ballot.
However, Arizona residents have embraced cannabis and there are now 122 medical marijuana dispensaries in the state. Hopefully the state will rethink their position on recreational cannabis in the near future!
The best advice we can give for tourists looking to partake in the cannabis culture is discretion. It’s best to keep your marijuana use out of public areas, but if you must smoke out in the open, a discreet vape pen is your best option.
Arizona Marijuana Dispensaries
Is Marijuana legal in Arizona?
Yes, medical marijuana is legal, however recreational marijuana use is still illegal because the state failed to legalize in November 2016.
Can I get my Medical Card if I am not an Arizona resident?
No, you cannot get your medical marijuana card if you are not an Arizona resident. However, there seems to be some confusion as to whether or not you can use out of state medical cards. We are hoping that recreational legalization happens sooner rather than later so we can stop worrying about medical cards!
Where can I buy it?
Once you have a medical marijuana card, you can visit one of the state licensed medical marijuana dispensaries.
What do you need to purchase cannabis in marijuana shop?
As of November 2016, you need a medical card, which you can get from specific doctors in the state. In Arizona, you may also use a medical card from another state.
What types of marijuana will the stores sell?
You will see a number of different flower strains categorized by their strains ranging from strong Indicas to strong Sativas and everything in between. Each strain can have different effects, so be sure to ask the budtender for assistance in choosing the best marijuana strain for you. Strong Sativas strains are known for their general uplifting, energizing, and head high effects while Indicas are known for their full body highs and sedative effects.
Dispensaries will also sell a number of other types of marijuana products, including but not limited to:
- Concentrates: essential oils of the cannabis plant. Warning: these can be very potent!
- Edibles: Cannabis infused foods, candies, or drinks. Warning: These can be very potent! Be sure to check the serving size before enjoying and remember the effects can take up to an hour to hit you.
- Transdermal Products: creams, lotions, massage oils and such infused with cannabis. These products are not psychoactive and will not get you high.
- Seeds: seeds that can be used to grow your own marijuana plants. Stores will have many different strains of Indicas and Sativas.
- Clones: healthy seedlings that are ready be grown.
How much will it cost?
The price of marijuana depends on strain and quality, but you can expect marijuana prices to be between $10 and $30 per gram. The average price for a gram of medical marijuana is $15.74 (as of Feb. 16). (Source)
How much Marijuana can I have?
Medical marijuana patients are allowed 2.5 ounces every two weeks, and if patients live 25 miles or more from the nearest dispensary, they are able to grow up to 12 marijuana plants.
Can I take my purchase home if I live in another state or country?
No. All marijuana and marijuana products purchased in Arizona must be consumed in Arizona. This won’t change if the Arizona Marijuana Legalization Initiative is passed, so don’t get any big ideas.
Where can I consume my recent purchase?
Legally, you can only consume marijuana while on private property. However, if you must partake in public, a vape pen is your most discreet option.
What is a dab?
Dabs are often compared to the hard liquor of the cannabis world, and can be found in many forms. Dabs are the essential oils and waxes of the cannabis plant that are extracted and concentrated into a potent wax form. They are known for their high concentration of THC. Smoking a dab is much stronger than smoking flowers. If you are not a regular cannabis consumer with a high tolerance, we recommend using extreme caution.
If you’re considering purchasing or doing a dab, it is also important to know what is in the essential oil being offered or sold and if it is safe. Many extracts may not have been purged correctly, and may contain residual amounts of butane or other solvents. CO2 oil is often noted as the safest oil because critical extraction machines that use CO2 as the only solvent extract it.
Are the topicals going to get me stoned?
Topicals are a form of cannabis infused into a cream, soap, or other product that you can rub into your skin, and to our knowledge topicals do not have a psychoactive affect. Do not confuse topicals with transdermal patches though, which will have a psychoactive effect.
When will recreational Marijuana stores open in Arizona?
Unfortunately since the recreational law in Arizona did not pass, fully legal cannabis won’t be making its debut in the state anytime soon, but hopefully the state reconsiders in the near future!
If marijuana is legalized can I still get in trouble?
Yes. You can always get in trouble at the federal level until marijuana is rescheduled, but as long as you follow the laws for marijuana in Arizona, local authorities will not have any issues with you. If passed, the Arizona Marijuana Legalization Initiative would legalize recreational cannabis, which would make it tough to get into trouble, but it can definitely still happen.
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