Marijuana Legalization Bill Filed in Arizona for 2017

PHOENIX, AZ — In November, Arizona’s Proposition 205 was the only marijuana-related statewide referendum that didn’t pass, being defeated by a slim 51% to 49% vote.

Now, just a little over a month later, State Representative Mark Cardenas (D-Louisville) has pre-filed a bill for the upcoming 2017 legislative session to give state lawmakers another chance at legalizing marijuana.  Cardenas filed a similar bill last year.

Cardenas’s bill, House Bill 2003, would legalize…

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Arizona Prosecutor Wants Trump to “End the Charade” of Marijuana Legalization

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PHOENIX, AZ — Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, a prominent Republican who helped lead the opposition to a failed ballot measure that would have legalizde marijuana in Arizona, said this week that he expects the Trump Administration to crack down on medical marijuana laws nationwide and to “end the charade” of marijuana legalization in the states that have done so.

At a press conference Wednesday, Montgomery, a staunch opponent to all things marijuana, said that he…

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Four States End Marijuana Prohibition, Three Adopt Medical Marijuana Laws in Historic Election

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WASHINGTON — California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada voted to end marijuana prohibition and Arkansas, Florida, and North Dakota adopted medical marijuana laws Tuesday in the most momentous election to date for marijuana policy reform.

Montana approved an initiative to re-establish patients’ access to medical marijuana providers, which was hindered by state lawmakers, and create a more regulated system of medical marijuana production and distribution.

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Marijuana Wins Big: California, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada Legalize; Medical Marijuana Sweeps 4 States; Arizona Only Defeat

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3:00 AM EST: Maine appears to have approved Question 1, legalizing marijuana for adults.  The measure, which had slowly been losing an early lead all evening, has pulled through with 50.6% of the vote and 87.1% of precincts reporting.  Earlier, voters in nearby Massachusetts approved their legalization measure as well.

The only defeat of the evening came in Arizona, where Proposition 205, which would have legalized marijuana for adults, was defeated.


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California & Massachusetts Legalize Marijuana; Maine & Nevada Winning; Arizona Losing; 3 States Approve Medical Marijuana

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11:45 PM EST: Voters in Massachusetts have legalized marijuana, approving Question 4 with 53.4% of the vote.


11:38 PM EST: Voters in California have approved legalizing marijuana. Currently with 54.8% of the vote and 11% reporting, both the Associated Press and the Los Angeles Times are declaring a victory for Amendment 64.  Meanwhile, voters in Arkansas have approved medical marijuana, with 52.2% approval and 61.8% reporting.  Legalization measures in Maine and…

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Marijuana Wins Big on Election Night

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This Election Day was a watershed moment for the movement to end marijuana prohibition, with the results expected to accelerate efforts to legalize marijuana in states across the U.S., at the federal level, and internationally.  Overall, legalization initiatives prevailed in four out of five states, and medical marijuana initiatives prevailed in all four states this year.

Votes are still being counted for legalization initiatives in Maine and Arizona, as well as for a medical…

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Marijuana Vote Results: Florida Passes Medical Marijuana Amendment 2; Arkansas, Maine, Massachusetts, South Dakota Marijuana Iniatives All Ahead

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9:15 PM EST: Polls in Arkansas, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts and South Dakota have all closed.  Florida has approved medical marijuana Amendment 2.  Legalization measures in Maine and Massachusetts, as well as medical marijuana initiatives in Arkansas and South Dakota, are all out to early leads:

Arkansas: 51.3% in favor, with .2% reporting
Florida: 71.1% in favor, with 76.5% reporting (approved)
Maine: 53.4% in favor, with 4.6% reporting
Massachusetts: 50.8% in favor, with…

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Latest Polling Information for the 2016 Marijuana Related Ballot Proposals

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On Tuesday, November 8, nine states will be voting on marijuana related ballot proposals potentially doubling the number of states that allow the recreational use of marijuana and expanding the therapeutic benefits of marijuana use to millions of Americans. Here’s where these measures stand in the latest polls.

Arizona: According to an October Arizona Republic/Morrison/Cronkite poll, 50 percent of registered voters in Arizona favor Proposition 205 and 42 percent oppose it. The…

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Election 2016: Marijuana Law Reform Takes Center Stage

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This Election Day is shaping up to be a watershed moment for efforts to end marijuana prohibition, with five states voting on marijuana legalization and four more on medical marijuana. The results are expected to have major ramifications for marijuana law reform in states across the U.S., at the federal level, and even internationally.

A recent nationwide Gallup poll found that a record 60 percent of respondents support legalizing marijuana, but polls on this year’s…

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AZ: Colorado Officials Ask ’No on 205’ to Pull Ads with False Marijuana Tax Claims

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PHOENIX, AZ — Colorado state officials are asking opponents of Prop. 205 to stop airing ads that “convey inaccurate and misleading statements about Colorado’s experience with regulating and taxing marijuana for adult use.”

In a Monday morning email to Seth Leibsohn and Sheila Polk, the leaders of Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy, Colorado Sen. Pat Steadman and Reps. Millie Hamner and Jonathan Singer cite multiple “No on 205” ads that include incorrect claims about…

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Marijuana Legalization: Recreational Use Initiatives Leading In Latest Polls

Marijuana Legalization: Recreational Use Initiatives Leading In Latest Polls

WASHINGTON, DC — Voters are supportive of five pending ballot measures that seek to regulate the adult use and sale of marijuana, according to recent polling data compiled in Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada.

Half of Arizona voters intend to vote ‘yes’ in favor of Proposition 205: The Arizona Legalization and Regulation of Marijuana Act, according to an Arizona Republic/Morrison/Cronkite News poll. Forty percent of voters oppose the initiative. The Act allows adults age 21 and older to possess and to privately…

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Marijuana Legalization Initiatives Leading In Latest Polls

Marijuana Legalization Initiatives Leading In Latest Polls

Voters favor legalizing the adult use of cannabis in the five states where the issue will appear on the ballot this Election Day. Here is a summary of the latest polling data.

ARIZONA: Half of Arizona voters intend to vote ‘yes’ in favor of Proposition 205: The Arizona Legalization and Regulation of Marijuana Act, according to an Arizona Republic/Morrison/Cronkite News poll. Forty percent of voters oppose the initiative. The Act allows adults age 21 and older to possess and to privately consume and grow limited amounts of marijuana (up…

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Arizona Marijuana Legalization Backers Want Equal Treatment from State Official Who Forwarded Anti-Marijuana Email

Arizona Marijuana Legalization Backers Want Equal Treatment from State Official Who Forwarded Anti-Marijuana Email

DES Director Timothy Jeffries came under fire Wednesday for forwarding an email he received from a leader of Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy with a link to their claims about marijuana and alcohol; today, a leader of the Yes on 205 campaign emailed Jeffries a link to its information about marijuana and alcohol and asked him to forward it to the same email list

PHOENIX, AZ — Arizona Department of Economic Security Director Tim Jeffries came under fire Wednesday for using his public email account to widely distribute an email from a…

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Arizona: Yes on 205 Marijuana Legalization Campaign Launches TV Ads

Arizona: Yes on 205 Marijuana Legalization Campaign Launches TV Ads

Yes on Prop. 205 Launches Statewide TV Ad Campaign Highlighting the Benefits of Regulating and Taxing Marijuana Like Alcohol

PHOENIX, AZ — The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol launched a statewide TV ad campaign Tuesday in support of Prop. 205. The ad, “Regulation Works,” highlights some of the benefits of regulating and taxing marijuana and sets the record straight about the impact a similar ballot initiative has had in Colorado.

The ad begins by asking, “What can Arizona learn from Colorado?” It then answers, “We can…

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Pharma Company Admits Opposing Marijuana Legalization to Protect Its Corporate Profits

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Those of us involved in the marijuana legalization movement have long assumed that those companies that produce and sell competing products — especially alcohol and tobacco — were working behind the scenes to try to maintain marijuana prohibition and to protect their duopoly for legal recreational drugs. These industries have lobbyists who regularly work with state and federal elected officials to keep legal marijuana off the market.

But we now see the pharmaceutical companies…

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After Nearly 80 Years of Marijuana Prohibition, the Tide is Turning

After Nearly 80 Years of Marijuana Prohibition, the Tide is Turning

As marijuana legalization gains traction across the country, some ask “Why now?” A better question perhaps is “How did this prohibition ever last so long?”

People have always suffered the compulsion to hunt scapegoats, and politicians are more than happy to pander to our harshest instincts. With two world wars and the Cold War, the 20th Century in particular, was a time of fear, with a hunger for social control and conformity. The malignant belief of the Communists and other totalitarians in the perfectibility of humanity at any…

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Arizona School Officials Endorse Marijuana Legalization Initiative 205

Arizona School Officials Endorse Marijuana Legalization Initiative 205

Arizona School Officials Throw Support Behind Initiative to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, Want Voters to Know That Prop. 205 Will Raise Much-Needed Funding for K-12 Education

PHOENIX, AZ — Several Arizona school officials threw their support behind Prop. 205 on Thursday, highlighting the much-needed revenue that will be raised for K-12 education if voters approve the initiative to regulate and tax marijuana like alcohol.

The Yes on 205 campaign received endorsements from Arizona School Boards Association Immediate Past President Jesus…

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Prop. 205 Camp Slams Opposition Group for Taking Huge Big Pharma Donation

Prop. 205 Camp Slams Opposition Group for Taking Huge Big Pharma Donation

The committee opposing Prop. 205 received $500,000 from Insys Therapeutics, a Chandler-based company that produces ‘the most potent and dangerous opioid on the market,’ whose aggressive marketing and other shady business practices have triggered multiple federal and state investigations

Yes on 205 campaign says Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy is ‘now a complete misnomer,’ slams group for accepting a half-million dollar contribution from developer of ‘pharmaceutical cannabinoids’

PHOENIX, AZ — Supporters of Proposition…

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Arizona Marijuana Legalization Prop 205 Cleared for November Ballot

Arizona Marijuana Legalization Prop 205 Cleared for November Ballot

PHOENIX, AZ — Voters in Arizona will decide this November on a statewide ballot measure to legalize and regulate the adult use and retail sale of cannabis.

The Secretary of State’s office has confirmed that initiative proponents, The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol, submitted a sufficient number of signatures from registered voters to qualify the measure for the November ballot.

Arizona - Yes on 205A Maricopa County judge has also dismissed a lawsuit that sought to prohibit the measure from going before voters, although initiative opponents may…

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Arizona Judge Dismisses Marijuana Legalization Opponents’ Lawsuit

Arizona Judge Dismisses Marijuana Legalization Opponents’ Lawsuit

Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol calls on Yavapai and Maricopa county prosecutors, who were plaintiffs in the lawsuit, to accept the court’s ruling and focus on fighting serious crimes instead of citizen initiatives

PHOENIX, AZ — On Friday, a Maricopa County Superior Court judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by opponents of Proposition 205 who want to keep the measure off the November ballot.

The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, which is supporting Proposition 205, is calling on Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk and…

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