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An Overview of Arizona's Drug Possession

Last updated 6 years ago

You’ve grown up learning that drugs and alcohol are dangerous substances, yet the law can be confusing regarding this area. Alcohol and prescription pills are considered legal, while possessing drugs like marijuana, heroin, and cocaine is not. To clear matters up, here is a brief overview of Arizona’s drug possession laws.

 Arizona Drug Laws

Arizona’s drug laws are based on the federal government’s Controlled Substances Act, according to which certain substances are classified under various “schedules.” For example, Schedule 1 includes drugs that are not used for medicinal purposes and have a high potential for abuse. The schedules go all the way up to five, which includes medicinal drugs that have a very low dependency risk.    

What is a “Threshold?”

When investigating a drug case, police take into consideration the schedule of the drugs present, as well as the circumstances surrounding the case—including the presence of firearms or a minor. Another major factor in determining the seriousness of the case is the amount of drugs discovered. If you are found with an amount of drugs above the “threshold”—a number that differs for every drug—then you will have a mandatory prison sentence.  

What to Do if You’re in Trouble

Although a prison sentence is mandatory if you’re found with drugs over the threshold amount, the prosecution first has to prove it. By hiring a lawyer, you’ll be better equipped to defend yourself against whatever allegations are lodged against you, and you may even be completely acquitted of the charges.


If you’ve recently been brought up on drug possession charges, then call the law offices of Blumberg & Associates. In addition to drug cases, we have a large amount of expertise handling personal injury, family law, DUI charges, and more. We’ve won acquittals in 25 separate felony cases—more than most lawyers even attempt. Give us a call today at (602) 277-6180—you won’t find a better team of criminal defense attorneys in all of Arizona.

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