Anaheim, CA asked in Cannabis & Marijuana Law for Arizona

Q: Legally grow 6 marijuana plants without exceeding the 1 oz max in possession? Even one plant is over 1 oz. What gives?

I was hoping someone could explain the apparent contradiction between legally growing six plants and legally having no more than 1 oz in possession. I have never grown pot before so I was reading up on it, and it looks like each plant could produce over a pound of marijuana. It seems possible that someone might unwittingly grow 6 plants and find themselves in possession of an amount that could lead to a felony charge and 3 years of jail time. Even growing one plant could result in a similar outcome. What were the lawmakers thinking? Am I missing something? What are the risks of growing even one plant which might yield over an ounce of marijuana at harvest? Thank you.

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Aaron A. Pelley
Aaron A. Pelley
  • Cannabis & Marijuana Law Lawyer
  • Seattle, WA

A: You are right. That was not a very thoughtful piece of the legislation. There is an argument that you would have several plants, in different stages of growth, and harvesting and using the cannabis as you need it. But if you are only getting one ounce per plant, even if you are growing an unusual indica-hybrid, that produces very little, or are really bad at this, you are still probably going to get more than an ounce.

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