It’s Official: Cannabis Question Added to Arizona Ballots

Politics News - Arizona

Following August 10, Arizonans have taken the fate of recreational cannabis use into their own hands! Namely, the question regarding legalization was officially added to the ballots.

According to last year’s polls, an increasing number of Americans supports cannabis legalization. Moreover, an Arizona survey from July shows that a whopping 62% of the general population from this state is pro-cannabis.

Hence, on November 3, Arizonans have a unique opportunity to correct the results from the 2015 ballot where 48.23% voted for and 51.77% voted against the legalization of recreational marijuana.

The question will appear as Proposition 207, which could make Arizona one of the first states to legalize cannabis in 2021. Thus, just like  Virginia, Arizona will be riding the “decriminalization wave” that is slowly but surely sweeping the country.

The Smart and Safe Arizona group is largely to “blame” for adding this important question to the ballot after gathering around 255,080 valid signatures, out of the initial 420,000 submitted to the authorities. Not only that, but they also raised $3.48 million for the cause back in 2019.

If Prop. 207 is passed, the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) will be in charge of overseeing the new rules and providing the appropriate licenses.

Yet, not everyone is pleased with this outcome. Namely, the Arizonans For Health and Public Safety group is not convinced by the projected estimates of $3 billion in revenue solely in the first decade. For them, voting “yes” is simply not worth it.

Nonetheless, one thing is for certain — cannabis can make hot Arizona summers much more bearable.