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Category: Possession of Marijuana (personal use)

Arizona’s New Medical Marijuana Law: What Does It Mean?

November 19th, 2010

With the recent passage of Proposition 203, voters made Arizona the 15th state (along with the District of Columbia) to legalize medical marijuana. The vote was a close one, with just 841,346 in favor and 837,005 opposed, just passing the 50% mark. The count from vote on election day, Nov. 2, was so close that the result wasn’t declared …

Arizona Marijuana Law: Something You Probably Already Knew About Marijuana and Religion

June 23rd, 2010

Just in case there was any doubt, the Arizona Court of Appeals made it official that your religious beliefs are not a legal defense to the crime of Possession of Marijuana.

In the case of State v. Hardesty, Mr. Hardesty was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. After a routine traffic stop, drugs were …

Arizona Drug Law: Cheat First And Search Later

June 23rd, 2010

Drug sniffing dogs – you see them at the airport, the bus station, and on television. They serve an important purpose for law enforcement and the public. That is, they smell drugs when humans cannot. Moreover, the dogs do it in a manner that is not invasive to the people being search. However, there are some rules, like the …

Arizona Drug Law: I Bet You Never Knew How Important Your Blinker Was

June 17th, 2010

When being stopped by an officer there are many things that go through a driver’s head. “Was I speeding?” “Is there a taillight out?” “Did I swerve?” On the other hand, most people don’t usually think “did I use my blinker appropriately.” However, the issue of the appropriate use of a blinker, was one of the primary questions decided …

Frequently Asked Questions About Arizona Drug Crimes

October 15th, 2009

Drug use seems to be a never-ending problem in Arizona.  As a result, we have a never ending amount of people becoming criminals.  If you were sitting in one of Arizona’s courts devoted solely to the resolution of drugs cases, the lines would resemble those at Costco or Sam’s club.  It is common for an Arizona court to handle …

Can I Go To Work During My Jail Term?

July 21st, 2009

There are many crimes in Arizona that result in a person serving a term of jail.  A term of jail can devastate a person’s career.  However, there are two programs that will allow a person to continue working while a person is serving a term of jail.  Furthermore, these programs DO NOT extend the time a person spends in …

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