Marijuana Measure Qualifies for Arizona’s Ballot

Marijuana Measure Qualifies for Arizona's Ballot

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On Aug. 11, 2016, Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan announced that the voter initiative I-08-2016, the Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act, had fulfilled the signature requirements to qualify for the ballot on Nov. 8.

According to Tuscon News Now, advocates behind the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol met in Phoenix on Aug. 10 to announce that they had gathered enough signatures and to call on voters to support the measure.

“This isn’t a question of yes marijuana or no marijuana,” said J.P. Holyoak, campaign chairman. “This is a question of ‘Are we going to tax it, regulate it and send it to the schools? Or are we just going to keep it illegal for the criminal drug dealer?'”

If passed, the measure would legalize recreational marijuana for Arizona residents aged 21 years or older and would allow individuals to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and cultivate up to six marijuana plants; however, if legalization opponents get their way, the measure might not even make it to the ballot.

According to AZ Central, opponents of marijuana legalization have filed a lawsuit in an attempt to block the measure. Calling the measure bad public policy, backers of the lawsuit are asking a Maricopa County Superior Court Judge throw out the measure for purportedly deceiving voters about the measure’s impact. A hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 12.

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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