prescription drugs without a valid prescription is highly frowned upon in the United States
and Arizona is no exception. This is because a mountain of research has
determined that substance abuse leads to addiction, violence,
theft-related crimes, accidental deaths, domestic violence, and other criminal activities.
So, to curb the ill effects of drug-related homicides and crime, state
and federal laws were enacted to criminalize all types of drug-related
behaviors, such as possession, sales and manufacturing. In Arizona, drug
offenses are covered under
Section 13-3407 of the Arizona Revised Statutes. Under Sec. 13-3407, it’s against
the law to knowingly:
Possess a dangerous drug.
- Use a dangerous drug.
Possess a dangerous drug for the purpose of
- Possess the equipment or chemicals necessary to manufacture a dangerous drug.
- Manufacture an illegal drug.
- Administer a dangerous drug to someone else; for example, put a dangerous
drug in someone’s drink, put it in someone’s food, force it
into their mouth, inject it into their body, or help them smoke it.
Transport drugs for the purpose of selling them.
- Import dangerous drugs into Arizona for the purpose of transferring or
Possession of a dangerous drug in Arizona is a
Class 4 felony offense, unless it involves phencyclidine, LSD, methamphetamine, amphetamine,
or the defendant was previously convicted of a drug-related felony. Generally,
the punishment for a Class 4 felony is 1 to 3.75 years (probation eligible)
behind bars, and a fine not to exceed $150,000.
In Arizona, if someone is convicted of personal possession, he or she must
be placed on probation unless they are convicted of a violent offense
under ARS 13-901.03. Additionally, if a defendant is placed on probation
for a drug-related offense, he or she is required to participate in a
drug education or treatment program.
“Maricopa County’s Drug Court Program”
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