Arizona State Policy Alert

Sent: January 25, 2012
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Topic: Removal of penalties/Decriminalization

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Arizona's marijuana possession penalties are far too harsh; tell your legislators!

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Did you know that Arizona’s marijuana possession laws are some of the harshest in the nation? For example, the penalty for possession of just one ounce of marijuana can be a felony that carries a potential penalty of 18 months in jail and a $150,000 fine! And, the state is ranked 16th in the country in terms of arrests per 100,000 citizens.

We are pleased to announce that Rep. John Fillmore (R-Apache Junction) has introduced a marijuana “decriminalization” bill, H.B. 2044, which would reclassify marijuana possession of one ounce or less from a felony to a petty offense punishable only by a fine of up to $400. This bill would make Arizona the 14th state to remove criminal penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana.

Like all states, Arizona has limited resources with which to fight against violent crime and property crime. This bill would allow police to focus their resources on serious crimes rather than continuing to waste time prosecuting Arizona residents for simple marijuana possession. 

Email your legislators and urge them to reduce the penalty for possessing an ounce or less of marijuana.

Thank you for taking action!