Poll: Majority of Arizona Voters Support Legalizing Marijuana

According to an Emerson College poll released this week, a solid majority of voters in Arizona are in favor of the state legalizing marijuana for adults.

“When voters were asked about legalization of marijuana, 53% approve and 39% disapprove”, states the poll. “Democrats (66%) and Independents (62%) are in strong support for legalization, while only 32% of Republicans support legalization, 61% oppose.”

Legalization was particularly popular among  those 18 to 34 years old, with 65% in support and just 20% opposed. Specifically, polling participants were asked: “There is an initiative for the legalization of marijuana for adults 21 and over in Arizona. Do you support legalizing marijuana for adults 21 and over?”

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Legislation to Legalize Cannabis Filed in Arizona

A little over a month after Arizona voters narrowly defeated an initiative to legalize cannabis, a legislative bill to do the same has been filed in the state’s House of Representative.

Representative Mark Cardenas (D-Louisville) has prefiled House Bill 2003 for the 2017 legislative session which begins next month.

Specifically, the measure would allow those 21 and older to:

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Super Bowl Winning QB to Appear in Ad Supporting Arizona’s Legalization Initiative

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arizona1During tomorrow’s Thursday Night Football matchup between the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers, the Arizona Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (CRMLA) will be airing a commercial in support of Proposition 205, their initiative to legalize cannabis which is up for a vote next month. The commercial will feature Super Bowl winning quarterback Jim McMahin, an Arizona resident who began his career with the Bears, ended it with the Packers, and spent a season with the Arizona Cardinals.

The ad begins with McMahon describing his first major injury, which occurred during his second season. “That’s when I started using painkillers, and I was using them daily, pretty much the rest of my career,” he says. “It takes its toll. I was taking too many of those things.”

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Painkiller Producer Donates $500,000 to Fight Cannabis Legalization in Arizona

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Numerous studies have shown cannabis to reduce use of prescription painkillers. No wonder they oppose its legalization.

Surprise, surprise, the pharmaceutical industry is worried about the legalization of cannabis, a substance studies have shown reduces the use of painkillers. Insys Therapeutics, a painkiller manufacturer based in Chandler, Arizona, has donated $500,000 to Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy, the main opposition group the Proposition 205 to legalize cannabis (up for a vote this November). As noted by the Washington Post, this is “one of the largest single contributions to any anti-legalization campaign ever”.

Proposition 205 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. The measure would also legalize cannabis retail outlets. According to polling released this week, 50% of voters in the state say they support the initiative, with 40% opposed; 10% – enough to cause a 50/50 split – remain undecided.

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Arizona Poll Shows Cannabis Legalization in Position to be Approved this November

Arizona Poll A new Arizona Republic/Morrison/Cronkite News poll has found that a plurality of voters in Arizona support legalizing cannabis. This is great news for proponents of Proposition 205, a cannabis legalization initiative being voted on this November.

According to the poll – which has a margin of error of 3.4% – 50% of voters in Arizona say they support legalizing recreational cannabis for everyone 21 and older. Just 39.9% are opposed to the idea, with 10% remaining undecided. Based on his poll, if the election were held today Prop 205 would be passed into law if just 0.1% of the undecided 10% of voters decided to vote in favor of it.

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Arizona Supreme Court Rules Cannabis Legalization Initiative Will Be On November Ballot

Arizona Supreme CourtThe Arizona Supreme Court has put the final nail in the coffin (to state a cliche) of those trying to prevent a cannabis legalization initiative (Proposition 205) from being voting on this November. The highest court rejected a lawsuit by Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy calling on the initiative to be removed from the November ballot.

According to opponents of the measure, it should be removed from the 2016 general election ballot because petitions that were signed by voters left out provisions, had a misleading title, and proponents allegedly failed to be transparent about revenue sources. The court rejected all of these complaints, stating that the group behind the initiative did everything legal in gathering enough signatures to make the ballot.

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Initiative to Legalize Cannabis in Arizona Reaches Milestone — 200,000 Signatures

The Arizona Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol announced today that it has collected more than 200,000 signatures in support of a proposed initiative to end cannabis prohibition in the state.bud Although this is well passed the 150,642 required to place the measure on this November’s general election ballot, the campaign plans to continue collecting to ensure that enough valid signatures are collected (any signature from a non-registered voter, and any duplicate signature, is considered invalid by the state).

“Voters want to have their say on whether Arizona should end marijuana prohibition,” says Campaign Chairman J.P. Holyoak. “It’s appearing more and more likely that they are going to have that opportunity. We’re finding that most Arizonans agree marijuana should be regulated and taxed similarly to alcohol.”

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Arizona: Over 75,000 Signatures Collected on Initiative to Legalize Cannabis

arizonaBackers of an initiative to legalize recreational cannabis in Arizona announced Thursday that their petition drive has surpassed the 75,000-signature mark, half of the 150,642 needed to place the measure on the November, 2016 general election ballot.

“We’re finding that more than one out of every two registered voters we ask to sign is happy to do it, so that’s a good sign,” says J.P. Holyoak, Chairman of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol . “People recognize that marijuana prohibition has been just as big of a mess as alcohol prohibition was 80 years ago. It’s time for a more sensible approach.”

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Initiative to Legalize Recreational Cannabis Filed in Arizona

An initiativeari to legalize cannabis, titled the Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act, was filed today in Arizona.

The proposal was filed with the Arizona Secretary of State by representatives of the Marijuana Policy Project, Safer Arizona and Arizona’s cannabis business community.

 “It was a long and deliberative drafting process involving a diverse group of stakeholders,” says Carlos Alfaro, Arizona political director for the Marijuana Policy Project. “There were some bumps in the road, but in the end everyone came together to produce the best possible law for Arizona. We are united in this effort to end marijuana prohibition and replace it with a system in which marijuana is regulated and taxed similarly to alcohol.”

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Initiative to Legalize Cannabis Filed in Arizona

A group cannabiscalled Arizonans for Responsible Legalization has filed an initiative with the state to legalize recreational cannabis, with a goal of putting the issue to a vote next year.

“Arizonans for Responsible Legalization is committed to common sense regulation of the marijuana industry and ensuring the greatest benefit to taxpayers,” says Gina Berman, an emergency room physician who will lead the effort.

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