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Q: I suppose there are some laws about drugs and narcotics, too...

A: Yes, there are. When it comes to drugs and narcotics, it is illegal to:

  • Use, possess, possess for sale, manufacture, transport, or sell narcotics or dangerous drugs (ARS §§ 13-3407-3408).
  • Encourage, try to sell to, or force any minor to break any of the drug laws (ARS § 13-3409).
  • Make or use a false or altered prescription (ARS § 13-3406).
  • Use, possess, produce, process, possess for sale, manufacture, transport or sell marijuana for use or sale (ARS § 13-3405).
  • Possess any instrument or means used to inject, ingest, inhale or otherwise introduce into the human body any illegal drug (ARS § 13-3415).
  • Use, sell, or possess any narcotic or dangerous drugs or marijuana at school or elsewhere (ARS § 13-3411, ARS § 13-3405).
  • Drive on any highway or road while under the influence of drugs or with an illegal drug in your system (ARS §28-1381).
  • Own a pipe or other device used unlawfully to smoke an illegal substance (ARS § 13-3415).

And, you may only possess those drugs prescribed by a physician for you. To possess or use another person’s prescription is illegal (ARS §13-3406).

Additionally, you should be aware that a conviction involving drugs could mean the denial of public benefits such as welfare, scholarships or tuition waivers to state universities or community colleges (ARS §13-3418).


Q: What is a dangerous drug?

A: Dangerous drugs are too numerous to mention here. However, the statute gives a laundry list of drugs that are classified as dangerous, including methamphetamines, barbiturates, K2, Spice and certain steroids (ARS §13-3401).


Q: Are there special laws that apply to people 18 or over who sell drugs to people under 18?

A: Yes. The law says a person who sells, gives, or offers any prohibited substance to a minor is guilty of a class 2 felony.  A person who employs or uses a minor to sell or transfer any prohibited substance may also be guilty of a class 2 felony. If convicted, the person will not be eligible for suspension of sentence, probation, pardon or release on any basis until the sentence imposed by the court has been served (ARS §13-3409).  Manufacture of methamphetamine under circumstances that cause physical injury to a minor under 15 years of age is a dangerous crime against children, also with a hefty mandatory prison sentence (ARS §13-3407.01).


Q: Is Marijuana illegal in Arizona?

A: Marijuana is illegal in Arizona except for medicinal use which requires a registry identification card (ARS §36-2811).


Laws may have changed since the last time this article was updated.  The current and most up-to-date laws can be accessed here.