Five Things Arizonans Should Know About Colorado Marijuana Stores Opening Wednesday

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1). Don't bring legal Colorado marijuana back to Arizona.

However, that rule may or may not apply to legal Arizona medical-marijuana users.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety tells us this morning that M-Day, as it might be called, isn't on the agency's radar. DPS officers apparently won't be hunting specifically for happy-go-lucky stoners driving back from Telluride with small amounts of marijuana -- but state troopers always look for drug smugglers, in general, and they might have drug-sniffing dogs.

Without a medical-use authorization, possession of any amount of marijuana in Arizona is still a felony. Prosecutors can charge the case as a misdemeanor, but you'll probably be taken to jail after the traffic stop.

Navajo Nation police did not return a call for comment.

Arizona medicinal-marijuana users can legally possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana at a time, and there's no restriction on where it comes from. In other words, it seems like medical-card holders ought to be able to come back to Arizona with some of that legal Colorado weed still in their pockets.

But you know we're not lawyers, right? So don't come crying to us if you still end up in trouble.

After all, pot's still against federal law, and crossing state lines with something that's illegal under federal law could be charged by the feds. We just read a court case this morning about a couple of guys target-shooting in the Coronado National Forest who got stopped by a ranger and searched by a drug-sniffing dog. After a half-smoked joint was found, its owner was taken to jail, where he served several days before a conviction in federal court and a sentence of time served.

There's also the question of how you'd get the marijuana back to Arizona. If you take a bud or two through the airport, you might get popped by a body scanner. And if you drive back to Arizona after using marijuana legally in Colorado, you still are subject to a possible marijuana-DUI just for having THC or its metabolites in your blood.

Colorado will make history on Wednesday, and no one can blame you for being curious.

Just take care not to foul up your personal history with a marijuana faux-pas.

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DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 Greedy Big $$ Colorado Dispensary Cartels TRIPLE their prices for "legal" weed.


"What really, really blew my mind was walking out with my wallet $70 lighter for 3.5 grams of pot. Basically, the same Chemdawg that I bought last week at $20 an eighth was going for nearly triple the price. I'm surprised my jaw didn't drop far enough to shatter the glass counter. One of the employees behind that counter tried to explain the high pricing to the New Jersey couple by talking about how high the excise tax is on wholesale buds, as well as the lack of supply and the cost of licensing and switching over to a dual-use facility. She also said prices would "level out" down the line -- let's hope it's soon, because $70 for an eighth of pot is absurd. Like, tourist in New York City absurd."

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

The REALITY of Colorado's Amendment 64 -- the Commercialization of Cannabis


A64 did NOT legalize marijuana -- even the authors of that turd stated as much.


A64 did NOT repeal a single marijuana Felony statute in Colorado.


A64 did NOT repeal a single Criminal Misdemeanor statute regarding marijuana in Colorado.


A64 did NOT even repeal the Criminal Offense of Public use/display of a single joint, bud, seed or edible, instead explicitly declaring that such behavior was not protected.


A64 explicitly declared that all private sales between consenting adults shall remain illegal -- a FELONY for a single gram!


A64 explicitly declared that Driving under the INFLUENCE of Marijuana shall remain ILLEGAL, which is now set at a paltry 5 ng/ml rendering nearly ALL mmj patients in violation.


A64 explicitly EXCLUDED EVERY ADULT under 21 yrs old from ANY LEGAL ACCESS to any rec. marijuana -- leaving 10s of thousands of young adults subject to the FULL CRIMINAL penalties of extant law -- even for a single joint, or a single plant, or a single seed.


Since A64 was passed, CRIMINAL Marijuana Citations in Denver have INCREASED 19 TIMES higher than in 2012 !!



FRONTERA
FRONTERA

No need to ask the Governments permission to use MJ, live free or die. To hell with the power elite....

jeanjb
jeanjb

HATERS!....and probably alcoholics

yourproductsucks2
yourproductsucks2 topcommenter

get a medical marijuana card and you can legally smoke recreationally in Arizona as well.

car_del99
car_del99

One ounce is legal but if you go to 3 stores and buy an ounce at each , that would be 3 ounces, can you be arrested for possession of more than one ounce ?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@car_del99 


SSAASSD!


Stupid Stoners are as Stupid Stoners do!


You = Math FAIL!



Trommy
Trommy

Not you again could you please just go away?  We get it you hate people who use Cannabis.  Yes there are stupid people who use it as well as brilliant people.  There are doctors and lawyers who use it as well as thugs and criminals.  There are people who use it that hate drugs and alcohol and their are drug addicts and alcoholics that use it.  But whatever you are doing, is proving nothing but it is making people wonder why you just hate so much.  Give it a rest you're not changing the world or anyones opinion.

Trommy
Trommy

Poor Donkey, you should seek some professional help.  At first I thought you were just a hater but now I think it may be much worse than that.  Really you should seek some help.  This isn't normal.  Did you have problems with drugs as a child?

Trommy
Trommy

Poor donkey, you need some help.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Trommy  "and a member of Mensa"


LOL! ... and the Grand Wizard of your Secret Tree Fort.



Trommy
Trommy

@DonkeyHotay I have to hand it to you that was a good comeback.  You are correct I am none of those things.  I am just an engineer and a member of Mensa.   I think the people that use this stuff have a right to do whatever they want, as long as they aren't hurting you or me.   It's called freedom.

Lighten up you may have a more enjoyable life.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Trommy <=== not a doctor, not a lawyer, not brilliant.



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