Arizona Marijuana Legalization Campaign Close to Signature Goal
Published on 4/13/16
With a whopping 200,000 signatures, Arizona marijuana advocates have already surpassed the goal of 150,642 signatures needed to bring recreational legalization onto this November's ballot. However the group is continuing the search for signatures as a percentage of them will likely be invalidated. If the bill is passed in November, adults over 21 will be able to purchase and possess up to an ounce of marijuana, but between 1-2.5oz will be accompanied by a $300 fine and civil offense. Cannabis dispensaries would be regulated by a new branch called the Department of Marijuana Licensing and Control. Adults would also be able to grow up to 6 marijuana plants at home. The proposed 15% tax would bring in an estimated $72 billion in revenue for Arizona schools.
The campaign's signatures will need to be counted, and the eligibility of the voters who signed them verified. But the campaign has until July 7 to turn in 150,642 valid signatures — in other words, chances look good Arizona could be the sixth state to legalize marijuana for adults 21 and older.