Over 100,000 Signatures Collected on Arizona Initiative to Legalize Cannabis
The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in Arizona announced yesterday that they’ve collected over 100,000 signatures for their initiative to legalize cannabis, just 50,000 signatures short of what’s required to place the measure on the 2016 general election ballot.
The Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act would legalize the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis, and the personal cultivation of up to six cannabis plants, for those 21 and older. State-licensed cannabis retail outlets and cultivation centers would also be authoirzed.
The initiative would establish the Department of Marijuana Licenses and Control to oversee regulations and licensing for the industry, and a 15% excise tax would be placed on cannabis sales.
Although the group must collect 150,000 signatures to place their proposal on the ballot, they’re aiming for 230,000 to account for invalid signatures (any signature not from a registered Arizona voter).