Marijuana legalization rolls out next year

TUCSON (KVOA) – Arizona voters have spoken and said yes to Prop 207, legalizing marijuana for recreational use. It will not be official until Governor Doug Ducey issues a proclamation, but plans for that are in the works.

“I think it is one of the best things to happen to Arizona in a long time,” said D2 Dispensary owner Moe Asnani.

38,000 medical marijuana cardholders are in Pima County, but since voters said yes to legalize marijuana, you will not need a card next year.

“Obviously there is a lot more adults who are 21 and over who will have access to this new market. So, we are very excited but we are also getting our logicists in order to deal with that,” Asnani.

So is the Arizona Department of Health Services.

“But what we do know is starting January 19, the department will begin accepting applications from existing dispensaries to apply for recreational licenses,” Harvest of Tucson Government Relations Specialist Lauren Niehaus said.

According to Prop 207, there are rules for marijuana dispensaries.

Edibles cannot be shaped like a “human, animal, insect, fruit, toy or cartoon” or sell products with names that resemble or look like products marketed to children.

They cannot sell more than 10 mg of THC per serving and 100 mg per package.

Some products are stronger than this and will only be available to those with a medical marijuana card.

According to Prop 207, there are rules for marijuana buyers.

You must be at least 21 years old. You can only possess up to an ounce of marijuana. You can grow up to six plants at home but no more than 12 plants in a house with more than one adult. 16 percent sales tax on top of the regular sales tax.

“This initiative represents a responsible and well-rounded approach to cannabis in Arizona,” Niehaus.

“Very excited for our future and it will be great for the state and here in Tucson,” Asnani.

The roll-out date is sometime in March, for recreational use.

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