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Major Highlights of Legalized Marijuana in Arizona

Posted by Raymond Kimble | Nov 09, 2020 | 0 Comments

As everyone must be aware, Arizona voters recently passed Proposition 207 and joined thirteen other states in legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. Once the ballot initiative is certified, which is expected to occur in December, marijuana possession will be legal for people over the age of 21.  Of course however, there are things people should be aware of to avoid being prosecuted for a marijuana related offense.

Some major highlights of Proposition 207 include:

1.  The Age Requirement - Similar to alcohol, only adults aged 21 years and older will be permitted to purchase, possess and ingest marijuana

2. Limitations on Quantity - People who are of age to posses marijuana are limited to one ounce.  Additionally, individuals can only possess up to five grams of marijuana concentrates

3. Cultivation Limitations - With the legalization of recreational marijuana use, adults are now permitted to cultivate marijuana plants in their homes.  However, cultivation of marijuana is restricted to six plants per one adult or twelve plants in a residence occupied by two or more people over twenty one years of age.   Cultivation must occur in a room restricted from public view and properly secured so that minors would not have access.

4. Public Use of Marijuana - Even though recreational marijuana use is permitted, smoking is prohibited in public places such as parks, restaurants, bars, etc.

5. Marijuana DUI - Similar to alcohol, people cannot operate a motor vehicle or boat while impaired to the slightest degree by marijuana.  If you are stopped and determined to be impaired based on your driving behavior, performance on field tests, statements or results of a blood or urine test, you can be prosecuted for, and convicted of DUI.

6. Employment - Employers maintain the right to operate a drug free workplace.  Consequently, employees can be terminated for being under the influence of, or ingesting marijuana in violation of their workplace regulations.

7. Expungement of Convictions - Beginning in July, 2021, people convicted of possessing a small amount of marijuana for personal use can apply to have their records expunged.  This is important as an expungement allows people to answer that they've never been arrested or convicted for a marijuana possession offense when applying for a job, seeking housing, etc.

Aside from the above, people who are currently facing marijuana possession charges involving less than one ounce or six plants can file a motion to have their cases dismissed.  In fact, the Maricopa County Attorney's Office has just announced that they will dismiss all pending marijuana possession cases and will not file charges against people for offenses which occurred prior to the passage of Prop 207.

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Obviously, the legalization of recreational marijuana use gives people a number of important rights but also can result in arrest and prosecution for violations of the law.  if you have been charged with a marijuana possession or sales offense in Tempe, Phoenix, or any other city within Maricopa or Pina County,  it is vital that you contact a highly skilled criminal lawyer immediately. Tempe marijuana lawyer Raymond Kimble will recognize available defenses and has been defending people charged with these crimes for many years. Mr. Kimble knows how to prepare a solid defense, challenge the prosecution's evidence and negotiate a reduction or dismissal of the charges.  Mr. Kimble can also pursue an expungement of your marijuana conviction in light of Prop 207. 

With a seasoned Tempe criminal defense lawyer on your case, you will have your rights protected as your attorney fights to secure a favorable outcome on your behalf. Attorney Raymond Kimble has successfully represented hundreds of individuals throughout Arizona over the last twenty years who have been accused of marijuana related offenses.

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Raymond Kimble

About Raymond Kimble Attorney Raymond Kimble has built his law practice on the philosophy that each client deserves consistent individual attention. Ray realizes that being charged with a DUI or criminal offense is one of the most stressful events in a person's life. A DUI, felony or misdemeanor arrest can involve prison or jail time, probation, huge fines and a criminal record. Consequently, people who face DUI, felony or misdemeanor charges in Arizona are placed at risk of losing employment or being barred from future job opportunities. Ray works to lessen his client's anxiety by ensuring that they have direct access to him at all times and can reach him by e-mail, cell phone or text during normal business hours as well as nights or weekends if they have a pressing question or concern. Raymond Kimble is a dedicated DUI and criminal defense lawyer who has built a reputation of working tirelessly to protect his client's constitutional rights, their future and liberty. Ray strives to provide the strongest defense possible for each client despite the obstacles they may face. Put Experience to Work for You Raymond Kimble's twenty years of experience with respect to DUI, misdemeanor and felony criminal charges extends well beyond law school where he graduated within the top ten percent of his class. Ray was a police officer for ten years prior to becoming an attorney. As a police officer, Ray was trained in both DUI and criminal investigation and his personal involvement in criminal cases while a police officer certainly gives him a unique perspective when reviewing police reports, interviewing witnesses and challenging physical evidence. Ray often identifies legal issues or mistakes made by police during an investigation through his own personal experience as a patrol officer. In addition to his police experience, Raymond Kimble worked as a prosecutor with the Maricopa County Attorney's Office where he was responsible for prosecuting DUI, felony and misdemeanor crimes. During his tenure as a prosecutor, Ray conducted a number of jury trials and hearings related to the admissibility of evidence. Through his involvement with these cases as a prosecutor, Ray learned how to properly evaluate the strength and weaknesses of a DUI, misdemeanor or felony charge and became skilled in jury selection, argument, and the direct and cross examination of both civilian witnesses, experts and police officers. Of course, Raymond Kimble's expertise extends beyond his experience as a police officer and prosecutor. Specifically, Ray has successfully represented thousands of people during the last fifteen years throughout Maricopa County, Arizona. To best serve his Clients, Raymond remains current on changes in the law as well as police tactics by regularly attending seminars focused on defending criminal charges and reading the latest articles and books related to DUI and criminal defense. Ray also regularly writes criminal defense blogs and posts so that people faced with a criminal charge are better informed about their rights.

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Raymond A. Kimble is a former police officer and felony prosecutor who has twenty years experience defending people accused of DUI and other criminal offenses throughout Arizona. Mr. Kimble represents clients seeking experienced and aggressive representation to help them fight the charges they face. For more information, contact The Law Office of Raymond A. Kimble today.