Arizona rec initiative qualifies for ballot

And then there were seven.

Statewide cannabis legalization questions that have definitely made the November ballot, that is. On Wednesday, the Arizona secretary of state notified the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol that it had formally qualified for a spot on its statewide ballot, the campaign announced in a press release. The issue will be known as Proposition 205.

The campaign, which is supported by the Marijuana Policy Project and by the dispensary community in Arizona, may be in trouble, however.

It hasn’t been polling well over the summer, and a cannabis consumer group that’s dedicated to defeating the initiative is also promising to do everything it can to fight the measure so it can return in 2018 with a different version of legalization.

The secretary of state will officially certify the campaign’s petition on Thursday, and the campaign will hold a press conference that morning to celebrate and to kick off the general election bid.

The other states with recreational or medical legalization ballot questions so far this year include Arkansas, California, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada.

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