DEA Says No Change in Pot Classification – For Now
For those waiting for the feds to remove marijuana from the list of dangerous drugs, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) says “keep on waiting.” In a somewhat lengthy notice, the DEA announced that after talking with the Health and Human Services Department, it sees no reason for removing pot from the class of drugs with “no accepted medical use in the U.S.” – the same list that includes such drugs as heroin. That’s a bit odd since a host of states – including Arizona – currently allow consumers with a medical marijuana card to legally purchase the herb for medicinal use.
Further Research Needed
In announcing their decision, the DEA said that it will make pot more available to researchers for further study and will expand the number of agencies that can legally grow it for such purposes. As of right now, only the University of Missouri has Uncle Sam’s permission to grow pot.
What This Means for Arizona Pot Laws
As we’ve said before, Arizona has long been known as one of the toughest states when it comes to consequences for being caught with pot. It’s also a state that gets high praise for its efforts in protecting the rights of those who are medical marijuana patients. The breakdown on possession amount and charges includes the following:
- Less than two lbs. – up to two years in prison and $150,000 in fines
- More than two lbs. but less than four – 2.5 years in prison and $150,000 in fines
- Four lbs. or more – up to three years in prison and $150,000 in fines
- Possession of paraphernalia – up to two years in prison and $150,000 in fines.
The punishment for selling weed is a bit stiffer with a 12-year maximum prison sentence for sales of more than four pounds.
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