Arizona voters adopted Proposition 207, which legalizes the possession and use of marijuana by adults age 21 and over for recreational or non-medicinal use. The initiative passed with roughly a 20% margin.
This means that Arizona will join the 14 other jurisdictions that have made adult recreational marijuana use legal under local law. Arizona lawmakers have until April 5, 2021, to promulgate implementing regulations. Qualified early applicants (likely including existing medical marijuana dispensaries) can begin applying for retail licenses with the Arizona Department of Health Services in January 2021, and these licenses could be awarded as early as February 1, 2021. Click to learn more.