AZ recreational marijuana measure fails to make November ballot

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A campaign in Arizona to put an adult-use marijuana initiative on the November ballot has fallen far short of collecting enough signatures.

David Wisniewski, chairman of the Safer Arizona campaign, indicated to Capitol Media Services that the initiative was a long shot from the beginning because of lack of support from medical marijuana dispensary owners.

The initiative reportedly collected only about 75,000 signatures by the deadline, far below the 150,625 needed. The group’s goal was 225,000, according to its website.

Some critics said Safer Arizona was a “polarizing force among marijuana advocates” and “the group’s representatives lack professionalism,” according to Cronkite News.

An adult-use marijuana initiative made the Arizona ballot in 2016 but was narrowly defeated by a margin of 51.3% to 48.7%.

Arizona does have one of the country’s largest medical marijuana markets, with projected sales this year of $425 million-$475 million, according to Marijuana Business Factbook 2018.