AZ rec cannabis campaign files signatures for ballot

An Arizona campaign to legalize recreational marijuana on Thursday filed 258,582 signatures with the secretary of state’s office, a week in advance of the July 7 deadline.

The total far exceeds the 150,642 valid signatures required to get the initiative on the 2016 general election ballot.

The organization behind the measure, the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, said in a press release that the secretary of state is expected to either certify it for the ballot or reject it by late August.

Campaign chairman J.P. Holyoak said in the release that supporters have been “very encouraged by the strong levels of support and enthusiasm we found among voters during the petition drive.”

If approved by voters, the initiative would likely allow for around 147 new business licenses. Most of those would almost certainly go to existing licensed medical cannabis companies, which are required by law to be vertically integrated.

The system would also be further tilted in favor of existing MMJ businesses because they would be allowed to grow unlimited amounts of adult-use cannabis, while new entrants would first have to prove their viability on a smaller scale before being allowed to expand their growing capacity.

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2 comments on “AZ rec cannabis campaign files signatures for ballot
  1. Bruce on

    This will NOT create 147 new licenses, it will allow for the existing MMJ businesses to suck up all the opportunity and will NOT create growth or job development in the cannabis industry within the state of Arizona. It will allow the existing producers to continue to produce inferior cannabis that can hardly be considered medicine. Also it will keep the price high for the terrible quality of “medicine” that plaques the state of Arizona. Which will allow the black market to continue to thrive in Arizona. Vote No on this measure in November. Fingers crossed the Secretary of the State will reject this garbage. Anyone who cares about having a chance in the cannabis industry in the state of Arizona, especially from a mom and pop stance, should contact the Secretary of the State and demand that this measure be rejected.

    • Matt on

      In all likelihood it will fail, but even if it passed, you’re over-reacting to the situation. First of all, you’re complaining about quality and black markets while saying the market needs to further expand. This is an issue as you are ignoring overall demand, and more importantly, the fact that without federal regulations there’s basically no real quality assurances.

      Also, not everyone and their mother should be allowed to grow cannabis. If it’s a medicine, it’s a medicine. If it’s a recreational drug like alcohol, then it’s a recreational drug like alcohol. Either way, strict regulations as to who gets to produce and sell it are going to happen. Don’t fool yourself into thinking it’s going to be treated like an herb you can buy at the grocery store.

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