As Election Day approaches, opponents of marijuana legalization in Arizona have more cash on hand than supporters, according to an Oct. 3, 2016, article at Tucson.com.
Supporters of Proposition 205—which would legalize recreational marijuana in Arizona—have raised more money, but they also spent a lot of it while getting the proposition on the ballot.
The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, which supports legalization, has raised $3.2 million, but now has only $170,000 in its coffers.
Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy, which opposes Proposition 205, has raised $2 million, and still has $1.4 million of it available.
In the last month before Arizonans vote on Proposition 205, opponents of the measure presumably can spend more money on advertising.
Large donations to both sides have come from predictable sources.
The Marijuana Policy Project and its foundation have donated more than $1 million to support Proposition 205.
Barrett Marson, spokesman for the legalization campaign, pointed to a $500,000 donation to anti-legalization forces from the Insys Corp., which he described as “a company that wants to sell synthetic marijuana and opposes legalization for business reasons.”
But Adam Deguire, anti-Proposition 205 spokesman, said, “This isn’t necessarily a fight about marijuana. No one’s arguing here whether marijuana has medicinal purposes. We’re arguing whether it should be legalized recreationally.”