Arizona judge says truckers can’t face charges for marijuana possession, but issue still unsettled

By Ryan Randazzo || Arizona Republic

For the second time this year, a state court has ruled that commercial truckers can’t face criminal charges for possessing marijuana on the job thanks to voters approving adult use of marijuana in 2020.

But the issue as a whole is far from settled: State officials and the Maricopa County attorney have said they would still consider taking on such cases.

A Mohave County Superior Court judge this week reversed the guilty verdict of a commercial trucker who was charged with possession of marijuana at a Utah border checkpoint last year.

Like a similar case in Pinal County earlier this year, the judge said state courts can’t prosecute drivers for possession following 2020’s Proposition 207, the Smart and Safe Arizona Act voters approved legalizing marijuana for adults. 

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