Drug Possession

Possession of Marijuana

Possession of marijuana can be charged as a misdemeanor in Arizona, but it is most often charged as a class 6 Felony offense so long as it is considered personal use. A class 6 Felony offense is punishable by up to 2 years in prison.


Possession of Narcotic Drugs

Unlawful possession of narcotics for personal use is a Class 4 felony. A Class 4 felony is punishable by one to 3¾ years in jail, and the court will impose a fine of either $2,000 or 3 times the value of the narcotic, whichever is greater.


Possession of Dangerous Drugs

Possession for personal use of a substance classified as a “dangerous drug" (such as hallucinogenics, stimulants, depressants, and anabolic steroids) is a Class 4 felony. A Class 4 felony is punishable by one to 3¾ years in jail and a fine of up to $150,000.


Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Drug paraphernalia is defined by any object used to cultivate, store, conceal, or use an illegal drug. This can include anything from a pipe used to smoke a drug, to a bag used to carry it. Possession, sale, manufacture, or advertisement of drug paraphernalia can be charged as a misdemeanor, but is most often charged as class 6 Felony offense, punishable by a sentence of four months to two years and a fine of up to $150,000. All drug paraphernalia is subject to forfeiture.


Possession of Drugs with Intent to Sell

  • Possession of less than two pounds of marijuana for sale is a Class 4 felony, punishable by a sentence of one to four years.
  • Possession of between two and four pounds of marijuana for sale is a Class 3 felony, punishable by a sentence of two to nine years.
  • Possession of four pounds or more of marijuana for sale is a Class 2 felony, punishable by a sentence of three to ten years. (Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§ 13-3405, 13-702.)


A Note on Sentencing

Likely outcomes may vary depending upon the facts of the case, the judge, the prosecutor, and other factors. Sentences can increase in severity with a record of prior offenses.


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