Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Marijuana Policy Project: 50,000 Signatures Down for Arizona Legal Weed Initiative

Posted By on Tue, Aug 11, 2015 at 4:30 PM

The Marijuana Policy Project has gathered 50,000 signatures in the past 10 weeks for its ballot measure to legalize recreational weed in Arizona. 

The initiative would allow for adults 21 and over to buy, posses and even cultivate marijuana. There'll also be the opportunity to get retail licenses and revenue from taxation would go toward education and public health efforts.

“Adults of all ages and political stripes want to vote for this in November 2016,” says JP Holyoak, MPP's campaign chairman. “We are excited by the outpouring of support. This is the right initiative at the right time.”

The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol began the signature-gathering process in May, and in a little more than month had already raised $300,000 and collected 25,000 sigs, according to MPP spokesman Barrett Marson. 

Voters can sign petitions at Motor Vehicle Division locations around the state, says a statement by MPP campaign political director Carlos Alfaro. 

Marson says MPP expects to collect well over 200,000 before the July 2016 deadline. State law requires a little more than 150,000, but they are trying to be cautious in case of invalid signatures.

"Prohibition does not work. It hasn't worked for marijuana, just like it didn'tdre work for alcohol," Marson told Tucson Weekly in July. "Marijuana is less harmful than alcohol, and it is well past time to make adult use of marijuana legal. Right now, marijuana is in the hands of the cartels. The cartels grow, distribute and sell it here in Arizona and across the country. This is an opportunity to regulate and tax it, take that away from the cartels, and bring in much needed state money to education and ensure marijuana is regulated for adult use."

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