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Should Student Be Punished for Having Legal Medical Marijuana; Arizona Medical Marijuana News Update Today December 15, 2015

Medical Marijuana in the U.S. News Review:

The use of medical marijuana is currently permitted in 23 states across the country and more states are expected to consider legalizing medical marijuana in the U.S. in 2016.  States have taken action to legalize medical marijuana so that patients have access to a medicine that can alleviate chronic pain and suffering associated with debilitating conditions like cancer, seizure disorders, AIDS, glaucoma, MS and many other conditions.

Medical Marijuana in the State of Arizona:

The state of Arizona is included in the list of 23 that permit the use of medical marijuana.  The Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (AMMA) was implemented in 2010 and managed by the Arizona Department of Health Services.  There are tens of thousands of Arizonians that currently have a qualifying condition and have been issued medical marijuana registry identification cards.  Given this Medical Marijuana Registry ID Card from the Department of Health Services, the qualifying patient may purchase and possess up to 2.5 ounce of marijuana every two weeks.  Also, if a patient is authorized to grow marijuana plants in there private residence, they may have up to 12 plants.  It should be noted that the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act does not require an owner of a private property to allow the use of marijuana on that property.

Arizona State University Makes Headlines for Prohibiting the Use of Medical Marijuana:

A student attending the Arizona State University, Andre Maestas, is a medical marijuana card holder but has been charged with a felony for having .6 grams of medical marijuana in his dorm room.  Although he is authorized to possess this much medical marijuana, he is in violation of a 2012 statute which prohibits medical marijuana on state university campuses.  So, although medical marijuana is permitted in the state of Arizona (Act passed in 2010), it is not permitted on state university campuses (statute passed in 2012).  According to the 2012 statute, possessing medical marijuana on a state university campus is a class 6 felony.  Although a Class 6 felony can hold close to the minimum sentence felony possible, one year of prison is still a possible outcome.  In this case, Andre’s punishment was reduced to unsupervised probation and a fine of $750, as well as 24 hours of community service.  It should be noted that Arizona is the only state in which a medical marijuana patient can also be charged with a felony for the possession of medical marijuana.  Should the Arizona legislature reconsider the rules and regulations as they relate to medical marijuana on state university grounds?




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