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Arizona: Measure introduced To Defelonize Minor Marijuana Offenses

Update: HB 2002 was not given consideration before the Arizona Legislative Crossover date therefore will not be voted on this year. 

Arizona Representative Mark Cardenas has introduced legislation, House Bill 2002, which is making its way through committee, to defelonize minor marijuana possession offenses.

Arizona’s penalties pertaining to the possession and/or sale of cannabis are among the toughest in the nation. Under present law, marijuana possession is classified as a felony, punishable by up to two years in jail. Annually, an estimated 20,000 Arizonans are arrested for violating marijuana possession laws.

House Bill 2002 will reclassify minor marijuana possession offenses from a felony to a civil offense, punishable by a fine only — no arrest, no criminal prosecution, and no criminal record.

Enter your information below to contact your House representative and urge them to support HB 2002.

Arizona is one of a growing number of states where lawmakers are considering regulating cannabis for adults. NORML will continue to update you in the coming weeks as this proposal moves forward.

For more information on legislative efforts in Arizona, please contact Arizona NORML here.

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