Marijuana legalization in Arizona on the ballot will allow Arizona voters will have a chance this season to make their nation the newest to end marijuana prohibition.
A request spearheaded with a pro-legalization team had its own signatures formally accredited by Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs on Monday, clearing the way for the proposition to meet the requirements to the nation’s ballot this November.
Hobbs, a Democrat, stated on Twitter the”the request exceeded the minimal requirement with about 255,080 valid signatures,” and the measure will appear on the ballot as Prop. 207.
The request has been circulated by Smart and Safe Arizona, a team that’s focused its pitch for legalization around economic chance for the nation, stating that a marijuana business would produce opportunities and jobs, with earnings providing”additional funds for police training law authorities and task forces,” and more funds for the nation’s community colleges. The team said it had filed over 420,000 signatures. Smart and Safe Arizona asserts that the law would create $3 billion in new revenue in the first decade .
If passed, Prop. 207 would legalize”the purchase, consumption and possession of one ounce of marijuana” for adults aged 21 and older. The measure would also have certain safeguards, like the banning of”smoking marijuana in public places such as restaurants and open spaces such as parks and sidewalks,” and increased penalties for”for driving under the influence of marijuana and supplies police branches funding for enforcement, training, gear and task forces” It would also prohibit”the purchase price of gummy bears, gummy worms and other products which resemble children’ candy,” and might limit”that the quantity of THC (the compound responsible for its”large” in marijuana) into ten mg per serving of raw item.”
Under the legislation, the Arizona Department of Health Services will be granted”the power to oversee the secure selling of marijuana, such as testing and inspecting products ”
Additional States, Additional Ballot Measures
Founded in South Dakota and New Jersey will have the chance to pass suggestions that could legalize recreational marijuana use for adults (South Dakota may also have a step to legalize medical marijuana). Recent polling indicates that both Arizona and New Jersey could be prepared to take that jump. A poll from Monmouth University at April discovered that over 60 percent of New Jersey voters are in favor of the ballot measure, which might also legalize marijuana for adults 21 and older.
Furthermore, a survey published last month by OH Predictive Insights revealed the 62 percent of Arizona voters also endorsed their marijuana proposal — increasing by 51% support in December.
The Arizona ballot measure might also be a blessing for Democrats, that are eyeing the country as a possible pickup opportunity in the U.S. Senate and presidential elections. Polls demonstrate that Mark Kelly, the Democratic challenger to Republican Sen. Martha McSally, is in a powerful position to win the chair, while Joe Biden is presently conducting neck-and-neck with Donald Trump at Arizona, which has not gone grim because Bill Clinton won the state in 1996.