Arizona has had a rocky start to getting its legalization initiative on this year’s ballot. There’s been a lot of back and forth in terms of qualification and the written mechanics of the bill. While opponents of the measure are still clinging to the hope that it ill be removed from the ballot, it appears that this time, they’re completely out of luck. So, just to clear things up, Arizona will be voting on legalization this November, it just took them a while to get here. No biggie.
Getting to the ballot
After it was revealed that Prop 205 would be listed on Arizona’s November ballot, legalization opponents swooped in to make a scene.
The leading group behind causing trouble for cannabis advocates, Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy (ARDP), attempted to shut down Prop 205, arguing that the 100-word description of the initiative was “fraudulent and misleading.”
Naturally, there was nothing fraudulent or misleading about Prop 205, and Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Jo Lynn Gentry knew this very well when she shut down ARDP’s attempt at killing the bill.
So now, it will be up to Arizona voters to decide on wether or not they want to legalize recreational cannabis in their state. Not the ARDP.
So, what should you know if Prop 205 does indeed get passed this November?
The Arizona vote: Prop 205
If passed, here’s what falls under Prop 205:
- Licensed businesses can produce and sell cannabis
- A sales tax of 15% will be placed on retail cannabis and retail cannabis products, using the revenue for public health and education
- A department will be established to regulate and control the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, testing, transportation, and sale of cannabis
- Anyone who consumes cannabis in public may be subject to a fine of $300 and community service
- Anyone who consumes cannabis underage may be subject to a fine of $300 and community service
- Anyone who consumes cannabis from an unauthorized retailer may be subject to a fine of $300 and community service
- Anyone who possess cannabis over legal limits may be subject to a fine of $300 and community service
Plus, anyone 21 years of age or older can:
- Privately use, possess, manufacture, give away, or transport up to 1 ounce of cannabis
- Grow up to 6 cannabis plants for personal use at the individual’s residence. (no more than 12 plants allowed in a single residence)
The latest poll, which was released at the end of August reveals that it’s going to a close one. As of now, only about 40% of Arizonans support the measure while 51% oppose it.
Past polls have shown that passing this measure is possible, however, the current average of supporters falls slightly behind those who oppose it leaving an average of 44.3% in favor of Prop 205 and 46.7% against it.
Like I’ve sad before, at the end of the day, everything will be left up to the voters , and ya can’t mess with democracy, folks. Until then, we’ll be sending positive vibes to our friends in Arizona. Stay cool, guys.