Arizona Law Enforcement Preparing To Enforce Marijuana Laws
Ryan Hermansky, the owner of a local pharmacy, said Proposition 207, which legalizes recreational marijuana, is a landmark for the state. Although Arizona voters approved medical marijuana more than a decade ago, it has not yet allowed recreational use. There will also be some licensed medical marijuana shops that will not be accepted immediately when they come out of the gate.
“When our pharmacy opened, there were some awkward conversations”, Hermann says. Since then, it has improved astronomically according to Hermann
Coconino County had slightly more approval, with 46,424 voters making up 65% of the district's approval. Hermansky was involved in the campaign and was thrilled with the support the project received. But he feels other leaders have not been nearly as successful on the issue.
With the votes submitted, it is now up to the Arizona Department of Health to determine how the drug should be regulated. They currently regulate medical marijuana, but they declined to comment until all the votes are counted.
He said: "We are working with our legal team to give our officers guidance on the new law, which we would do. Police are also analyzing what is in the law to understand how their policies will change”.
The Smart and Safe Arizona measure allows people to possess up to an ounce of marijuana per person per day, or a total of 28.5 grams. We will continue to respond to any calls for investigations into the possession and use of marijuana to ensure it is legal.
It also opens the door for people convicted of possessing up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana to apply for the records to be erased. The measure also provides for the abolition of criminal penalties for possession of fewer than 10 grams of cannabis. It does not restrict employers' ability to maintain a drug and alcohol-free jobs.