Arizona Cannabis Expungements & Felonies

Arizona Cannabis Expungements & Felonies

Discover comprehensive insights into the Arizona cannabis expungement process through these detailed and informative Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

How did Arizona handle expungements for cannabis?

Proposition 207 introduced a statute that enables individuals to petition a court to seal their marijuana-related criminal records, provided the offenses were committed before November 30, 2020.

However, expungement does not erase any information about marijuana convictions; fines or costs paid on an expunged case will not be refunded, and some marijuana charges are not eligible to be expunged​​.

All felonies? Only non-violent?

The following offenses are eligible for expungement:

  • Possession, consumption, or transportation of 2.5 ounces or less of marijuana (with no more than 12.5 grams in the form of marijuana concentrate).
  • Possession, transportation, cultivation, or processing of not more than six marijuana plants at the primary residence for personal use
  • Possession, use, or transportation of paraphernalia related to the cultivation, manufacture, processing, or consumption of marijuana​​​​.

Aside from a felony within the past five years, those who have been convicted of the following do not qualify for licensure:

  • Conviction of selling alcohol in violation of state law;
  • A misdemeanor involving controlled substances;
  • Misdemeanor relating to the distribution or sale of cannabis within two years prior to applying for a permit.

Were there any crimes related to cannabis that disqualified someone from applying as a social equity applicant?

The eligibility for social equity applicants in the cannabis market does not extend to all felonies.

  • Individuals convicted of nonviolent cannabis felonies may apply for adult-use marijuana dispensary and cultivation establishment licenses through the Social Equity Program​​. However, individuals with excluded felony offenses are not eligible for the program, as outlined in the definition in A.R.S. 36-2801​​.

Status of Current Social Equity Program:

Arizona implemented a limiting social equity program, with only awarding 26 social equity licenses during the program’s initial launch. The criteria to apply are as follows:

  • Have had a household income in at least three of the last five years less than 400% of the federal (HHS) poverty level.
  1. Has had a previous marijuana conviction and has petitioned for expungement or has a previous marijuana-related conviction and does not have an excluded felony offense.
  2. Have a spouse, surviving spouse, parent, child, sibling, or legal guardian with a marijuana-related conviction.
  3. Has lived in a community disproportionately impacted by marijuana laws for at least three of the last five years.

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