FAQs About Recreational Marijuana in ArizonaWritten by Chris Weatherall on Feb 26, 2021
November 3 is a date that will go down in history for those who fought for recreational marijuana in the state of Arizona. On this date, Proposition 207 was approved, which legalized the use of recreational marijuana. Arizona is one of the 15 states that have chosen common sense and made a path for people to legally access marijuana both for medicinal purposes and everyday use.
However, while legal now, several regulations apply to the sale, purchase, and consumption of marijuana. It is important that Arizona residents continue to be well informed to ensure that consumers are within their legal rights and fully aware of all laws and stipulations that apply to the use of marijuana in the state.
If you are wondering about where to buy recreational marijuana in Arizona or how much marijuana you can buy at once, we have your answers.
Current Federal Cannabis Restrictions
Recreational marijuana is finally legal – at least as far as the state of Arizona is concerned. It is important to keep in mind that federal restrictions are still recognized and enforced. A clear example of this would be what would happen if someone is pulled over possessing marijuana when crossing state lines. While you may live in a state where marijuana is now legalized, it can still be an illegal substance in a border state, leaving said person facing whatever laws that state imposes concerning marijuana.
State laws concerning marijuana vary greatly. It is important to note that often the law does not differentiate between medical and recreational use. If you are traveling, be sure that you understand any potential risks that may happen concerning which states you travel through. You need to understand whatever state restrictions exist on top of the federal understanding of marijuana use.
FAQs About Recreational Marijuana in Arizona
As a newly legal substance, many Arizona residents have questions concerning purchasing and using recreational marijuana.
A few include:
Where Can I Buy Recreational Marijuana in Arizona?
It is finally legal, so now comes the question of where can I buy it recreationally? Early on, it took certain dispensaries some time to extend their licenses from medical-only to also include recreational. Starting January 22, licensed marijuana dispensaries were finally able to acquire the proper licenses to provide their clients with recreational marijuana. It is important to note that just because a dispensary could extend its license doesn’t mean that it did. Be sure to do your research when it comes to selecting a recreational dispensary.
Of course, here at Kind Meds in Mesa, Arizona, we have updated our license to include recreational sales. We’re excited to expand our products to those who are interested in quality products for recreational use. We have acquired the proper license and, as of last week, we are selling to both medicinal and recreational users. Kind Meds is known for being one of the leading medical marijuana dispensaries, offering top shelf and high-quality cannabis flower and other products.
Who Can Buy Marijuana in Arizona?
Marijuana has proved its benefits time and again through its medicinal use. It is important to always keep in mind what restrictions exist. You must be at least 21 years of age and be able to provide a valid form of ID. Be sure that wherever you purchase marijuana is a licensed shop. Without a valid ID, regardless of your age, you will not be able to buy marijuana legally in the state of Arizona. You would find yourself in a hard place if caught supplying alcohol to those under 21. The same concepts apply to those willing to provide marijuana to individuals who are underage. Be sure that any marijuana you purchase is consumed safely within the comforts of your own home.
How Much Marijuana Can I Buy at Once?
One important restriction to keep in mind is how much product you can have on your person at a time. This varies slightly from what form of marijuana that you have. For example, when it comes to flower, you are allowed to carry up to one ounce. When it comes to concentrates, you are allowed up to five grams. You are also allowed 100 mg of edibles per purchase.
Just to make it super clear, here is your cheat sheet when it comes to buying and carrying recreational marijuana in Arizona.
- You can only purchase from a dispensary that is licensed to sell recreationally
- You must be 21 or older to enter and purchase and must show a valid ID each time you visit
- Per visit / purchase you are limited to:
- 1 ounce of cannabis flower
- 5 grams of concentrates
- 100 mg of edibles per package, 10 mg each
What Products Are Available?
While many non-marijuana users have their own image of what marijuana use looks like, there are many products and options available for the consumer. The assumption that marijuana must be smoked couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, marijuana is one of the most versatile products out there when it comes to the method and strength of use. While shopping at Kind Meds, you will find various concentrates, vape cartridges, flower, edibles, topicals and CBD products.
Pro tip: check out our cannabis product menu here and call it in ahead to pick it up in the lobby.
Where Can I Consume?
Legalization does not mean that anything goes. Along with the restrictions of where you can buy and how much you can have, there are guidelines regarding how you may consume your product. Ideally, your use of recreational marijuana, regardless of what form, should be done within the privacy of your own home. Often, the use of marijuana in public spaces is strictly prohibited. This restriction can also include the use of vaping, which often can be viewed as a loophole. To be specific, in 2019, Mesa prohibited all use of vaping within city limits. This includes both tobacco and marijuana use.
Available Products for Recreational Marijuana Use
Here are a few common product names to familiarize yourself with when you decide to shop for marijuana in Arizona.
Our flower includes hybrid, sativa, and indica strains. Whether you are looking for something to relax your body and allow you to relax or something that could jolt your system and give you a burst of energy, the flower you need is available.
- Sativa: This strain is known for being more uplifting and energetic. If you’re looking to embark on an adventurous hike or finally tackle all those household chores you’ve been putting off, this strain is ideal.
- Indica: Essentially the foil to your sativa, this strain is meant to relax you. It’s more of a sedative, relax and watch TV kind of experience. Perfect for those who need to unwind at the end of a long workday. There is a real reason why indica sounds like “in da couch.”
- Hybrid: The perfect blend of the two major strains. You aren’t couch-locked, and you aren’t a ball of energy either. Great for day-to-day use when you aren’t looking for the extreme of either dominant strains.
Recommended Reading: Understanding the Difference Between Indica and Sativa Cannabis Strains
A concentrate is a form of marijuana that has been processed to keep only the most desirable compounds of the plant. This creates a greater proportion of cannabinoids and terpenes when compared to natural flowers. Kind Meds offers a diverse selection of concentrates, including wax, crumble and shatter. We also carry vape cartridges, tinctures and oils. If you are looking for a feeling of “euphoria” without smoking, concentrates may be right up your alley.
Note, although oils are consumed orally, tinctures are still considered a concentrate. So, if you have ever worried you can’t have edibles due to dietary restrictions, then think again. We offer healthy options for those with a food intolerance in the form of THC, CBD and 1:1 tinctures.
Edibles are categorized as any type of cannabis that can be ingested orally. This can arguably be one of the widest-ranging areas of cannabis use. Edibles can include beverages, snack bars, baked goods, gummy products, and so much more. These are a great option for those who would prefer not to inhale to achieve the effects of cannabis. Kind Meds offers a wide range of edibles, everything from gummies, suckers and chocolate bars to oatmeal cookies, lemon bars and brownies.
Want to make your own edibles or use cannabis to cook at home? Try a cannabis oil, like the Sublime Coconut Cooking Oil (100mg THC).
One of the largest misconceptions of marijuana is that its only purpose is to get the consumer intoxicated. This could not be further from the truth. The beauty of CBD is that it does not provide the user with a feeling of euphoria. Instead, it is ideal for the treatment and healing of specific areas. Do you suffer from headaches? A bit of CBD cream to your temples or back of your neck could be a lifesaver. Back problems? Don’t get us started. CBD can be used to treat these areas of pain and stress without the use of over-the-counter drugs.
If you’re unsure the best way to consume, your budtender is a good bet in leading you in the right direction. Depending on what method of use seems best to you, there is proper equipment out there to make sure that you can use the product properly and to its fullest potential. These tools range from a classic pipe or rolling papers to potentially complicated hardware depending on whether you prefer flower, concentrates, or edibles. These instruments could range from pipes, bongs, vapes, cartridges, dab sets, etc. Regardless of what you choose to dabble in, the budtenders at Kind Meds will be happy to help and support you.
What to Know About Marijuana Home Growth in Arizona
One perk of the legalization of recreational marijuana is your ability to grow your own plants, but it does come with some roadblocks.
According to the laws of the state of Arizona, the following rules apply to anyone growing any amount: If you are within 25 miles of any dispensary, a single individual is allowed to grow six plants. If you reside in a multiple-adult household, you can grow up to 12. The only exception lies in your vicinity to licensed dispensaries. People who live more than a 25-mile radius from a dispensary may grow up to 12 plants, whether they are in a single household or a multiple-adult household. Be cautious before accepting home-grown product, however. Quality is crucial to an optimal experience.
Dispensaries like Kind Meds are very regulated. They must have an Arizona-licensed doctor on staff and be licensed by the ADHS. As stated previously, legalization does not mean that anybody can do whatever they want without restriction. Your recreational use of marijuana and the laws that revolve around its use are pretty specific. One clear example is driving. Driving under the influence is still driving under the influence. If you are driving erratically, you can and will be pulled over. While it may not be the traditional understanding of alcohol, it is still driving under the influence. You will still be subject to any testing and punishment that falls under this category.
At Kind Meds Cannabis Dispensary in Arizona, Quality Counts
We are beyond excited that we can now provide recreational marijuana through our licensed dispensary in Mesa, Arizona. We happily offer only the best cannabis flower, concentrates, cartridges, topicals, and edibles to our customers. Our mission is to provide unparalleled cannabis resources and items for people who want to live pain-free, regardless of medicinal or recreational status. Our team of experienced budtender professionals can help you find the most appropriate cannabis strain and products for your particular needs.
When it comes to recreational use, the same general guidelines apply as if you were a medicinal user. Be safe. Be smart, and stay informed.