Arizona Supreme Court: Recreational Legalization Stays on Ballot

Arizona Supreme Court: Recreational Legalization Measure on Ballot

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On Aug. 31, 2016, the Arizona Supreme Court rejected the final legal challenge to Proposition 205, a voter initiative to legalize recreational marijuana in the state, as reported by the Associated Press.

With the court having rejected the final legal challenge to Proposition 205, the Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act, residents of Arizona will now vote on recreational legalization on Nov. 8.

Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy attempted to have Proposition 205 removed from the ballot because the organization claimed that the proposition had a vague and potentially misleading ballot summary. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Jo Lynn Gentry had tossed the ARDP’s initial challenge to remove Proposition 205 from the ballot, but the ARDP brought the issue to the Arizona Supreme Court.

Chief Justice Scott Bales affirmed Gentry’s ruling, rejecting the merits of ARDP’s lawsuit, explaining that Proposition 205’s ballot summary met all of the requirements for a voter initiative to appear on the ballot.

If Arizonans pass Proposition 205, the initiative would legalize recreational marijuana for individuals aged 21 years or older, allow individuals to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and cultivate up to six marijuana plants.

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