Up until now, the situation for recreational marijuana users was bleak. Anyone caught in possession of marijuana could be charged with a felony, jail time, and a fine of $150,000. Growing marijuana plants came with the same penalties and a higher maximum for jail time. Paraphernalia, hash, concentrates, and the sale of marijuana was also strictly forbidden, with the same harsh penalties.
Grow Weed in Arizona
Arizona’s had a medical marijuana program since 2010, with the passing of Prop 203. However, recreational marijuana was not allowed whatsoever. In 2020, Prop 207 changed all of that.
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The only exception was the medical marijuana program, which was signed into law in 2011. 13 specific conditions could qualify a patient to legally obtain and use medical marijuana. For those not within 25 miles of a dispensary, growing was also allowed. There were many hoops to jump through, but since 2020’s vote, obtaining marijuana in this state is a lot easier.
Phoenix Seeds & Clones also sells clones.
Wylie has been cultivating cannabis since 2002, when he first started growing for patient use in California. Sundberg cultivates cannabis for personal use and offers workshops for other growers.
Where can I buy a cannabis clone?
Sundberg described living soil, which has active microorganisms in it, as a major game changer. Compost, mulch and worm castings can be found at the Arizona Worm Farm in Phoenix.
While it may be tempting to spray your plants in the middle of a burning, sunny day, the water droplets on the leaves can act like tiny magnifying glasses. As with other types of plants, it’s best to water early morning. If you have to water in the middle of the day, first discharge the hot water from your hose if that’s what you’re using, and water the soil around the plant, not the leaves, he advised.
How long does it take to grow cannabis?
Both Wylie and Sundberg said the key items you need to grow cannabis are nutrient-rich soil, water and light.
If you choose to consume marijuana in edible form, there is no law stating that you cannot do this in public. However, you cannot operate a vehicle, or do anything that might constitute negligence when consuming marijuana products.
The only way that you can legally grow marijuana in the State of Arizona is if you have a medical marijuana ID card. This must be given only by a licensed MD., DO, or N.D. in Arizona. When you have a medical card, this will allow you to possess 2.5 ounces of medical marijuana (the dried flower, mixtures or preparations, such as resin or hashish, made from 2.5 ounces of dried flowers) every 2 weeks, and you will be allowed to grow up to 12 plants as long as you do not live within 25 miles of a dispensary.
Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana (THC)
You can only grow “weed” under two conditions. If you are a medical user, you can grow up to 12 plants in your home. This is only allowed if you do not have a dispensary within 25 miles of your home. The plants can only be grown in a locked facility. Somewhere like a greenhouse, closet, or room that is completely enclosed. It will have to secure with security devices and locks. The only person that can be in the room, is the licensed cardholder. You will also need ADHS to license you as a medical marijuana cultivator. In some cases, the ADHS may also allow you to be a caregiver. As a caregiver, you will be able to grow marijuana for 1-5 patients.
Penalties will also increase if you are found to have been trafficking marijuana, selling marijuana (see: possession of drugs for sale ARS 13-3407), or if you have in your possession the tools to grow marijuana. Edibles, and other consumables will face the same charges as having marijuana in your possession. The punishment can be severe in many of these cases. If you have a medical card, and you are caught not following the laws, you could be charged with a crime, and face the same punishments as a non medical ID user.
Rules for Possession of Marijuana
If you have one of the above ailments, and meet all of the qualifications for a medical marijuana, you will need to schedule a visit with your doctor to get a Physician Certification form. You will want to visit your doctor, and then you will have to pay a $150+ application fee. Once you have your doctor submit your application, you will get your card within five days. You must renew your card once a year.