2016 Arizona Ballot Initiative 

Last update: June 13, 2016


The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in Arizona, sponsored by the Marijuana Policy Project, has filed a ballot initiative with the Arizona Secretary of State. The campaign’s goal is to collect 260,000 signatures, well over the 150,642 valid signatures needed, to account for signatures that may not be counted because they are illegible or the signer provided incomplete or inaccurate information. The campaign has already collected over 230,000 signatures and will complete the signature drive at the end of June.

The initiative would establish a sensible tax-and-regulate system for retail sales of marijuana to adults in Arizona. Visit the campaign website to read a summary of the initiative. You can find the full version here.

Replacing marijuana prohibition with regulation is especially important in Arizona, because it has some of the harshest marijuana laws in the country. Unlike most states, the criminal penalty for possession of just one ounce of marijuana can be a felony that carries a potential penalty of 18 months in jail and a $150,000 fine. And this in a state where, in 2012, 92% of all reported burglaries, 74% of all reported rapes, and over 90% of all motor vehicle thefts went unsolved.

Read more here: https://www.mpp.org/states/arizona/