Arizona Marijuana Initiative Finds Unlikely Opposition

Arizona Marijuana Initiative Finds Unlikely Opposition

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In Arizona, one of the two organizations pushing for ballot measures to legalize marijuana in the state has quietly ended its campaign. However, instead of lending its support to the remaining ballot initiative, organizers behind the failed campaign have turned their efforts toward defeating the remaining initiative.

The group, Arizonans for Mindful Regulation, announced on its website that it would try again in 2018 and that in the meantime the organization would be launching a campaign to help defeat the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, which is backed by the Marijuana Policy Project.

“We only get 1 chance to pass a Marijuana Legalization bill in Arizona, so we MUST do it right the first time,” the group stated on its website.

According to, the group opposes provisions in the MPP-backed initiative that would limit the number of recreational dispensaries to 160, with licensing preference given to the 80 existing medical marijuana dispensaries. The initiative would also limit possession to 2.5 ounces.

In contrast, the Arizonans for Mindful Regulation was an initiative that would have allowed approximately 1,600 dispensaries and limited possession up to 8 ounces. Despite the unlikely opposition, many expect the MPP-backed initiative to benefit from being the only measure on the ballot.

William Sumner, a freelance writer and marijuana journalist, was a staff writer for MJINews from May 2014 through February 2018. You can follow him on Twitter @W_Sumner.

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