Unified Coalition Files Arizona Initiative to Regulate Marijuana in 2016

Apr 17, 2015 , , , ,

The ballot initiative campaign to end marijuana prohibition in Arizona is officially underway! 

11138549_384476455065413_4683620496115184291_n.jpgThe Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in Arizona filed an initiative with the Secretary of State’s Office this afternoon that, if approved by voters in November 2016, would legalize marijuana for adults and establish a system in which marijuana is regulated and taxed similarly to alcohol.

In summary, the Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act would:

–       allow adults 21 years of age and older to possess and privately consume and grow limited amounts of marijuana (it will remain illegal to consume marijuana in public);

–       create a system in which licensed businesses can produce and sell marijuana to adults and establish a Department of Marijuana Licenses and Control to regulate the cultivation, manufacturing, testing, transportation, and sale of marijuana;

–       provide local governments with the authority to regulate and prohibit marijuana businesses; and

–       establish a 15% tax on adult marijuana sales in addition to standard sales taxes.

Once the Secretary of State approves the initiative, the campaign must collect 150,642 signatures from registered Arizona voters in order to qualify for the November 2016 ballot. Far more will be needed to ensure enough of the signatures are valid, so the campaign will need as much help as it can get.

15 responses to “Unified Coalition Files Arizona Initiative to Regulate Marijuana in 2016”

  1. Finally … we have an opportunity as patients to capture back our “Authority To Cultivate” that was stripped from our bundle of patients rights in #2012 after the opening of the original #MedMj dispensaries in Az. Where do I sign?

  2. Careful with what is being presented to you. This law is written by the dispensary owners to protect the existing dispensaries. This initiative is not written with the best interests of the patients in mind. It’s all for the rich to get richer! No one is looking out for the patients. Sad but true!

  3. When will MPP come out as the lobbying wing for Big Marijuana? Have you seen the fees written into this initiative for marijuana businesses? Outrageous! This won’t do much to cut down on smuggling from Mexico with all those sales taxes attached, and for what? To pay for the monetary black hole of public “education”? To boost the Sheriff Joe’s Brute Squad? I will begrudgingly accept it if it came to pass, because it’s somewhat a step in the right direction, but I won’t lift a finger to support this corporatist crap.

  4. True. The old #MedMj dispensaries get 1st crack at hopping through the ‘new’ flaming hoop. But, that was one of the sticky issues that drove Rob into a tizzy. Hence, that issue has been successfully mitigated with the reinstallation of our God given rights to cultivate. An ‘Authority To Cultivate’ will no longer be required by qualified patients over the age of 21 to grow #MedMj for genetic research or otherwise within the bounds of count in Az per household. It will be a given! For #MedMj patients and #RecMj connoisseurs alike over the age of 21 … gentlemen and ladies, start your engines! This be a winner!

  5. Anything to get hemp out so that those that still believe it’s a devil weed with the ability to suck in all around it can finally see that it is not what the government has been telling us. Even a higher tax would be preferable to a felony conviction as it now stands. It also makes for another state that has defied the government with their own legislation. Maybe they will wake up. If people would vote and write letters, we may have been able to make this come to pass with the ‘hill’ changing laws to make it researchable. Politicians like Trent Franks has always been against any kind of marijuana uses and states “I will never legalize Marijuana”. He has blocked the VA and researchers from investigating it for our VETS and many other attemps. If he stays in the legislature I’m sure he’ll make it dificult for this law to be complied with. Get out and vote, write, e-mail and phone!

  6. Bad idea. Instead of Drinking alcohol and exercise, they will exercise with cannabis in their systems and be less productive like Spongebob Squarepants!

  7. Stop the sniveling! If you don’t like the prices in the stores—grow your own. If you are OK taking the risk of draconian felony conviction for simple possession…don’t vote for it. But the more sensible of the cannapopulace will volunteer to help the signature drive and appreciate the work of the MPP and others and enjoy the huge breakthrough this represents.

  8. MPP, be honest. You didn’t listen to the activists. You only used the local “leaders” like Safer Az, NORML and PCC to block any opposition to what you were doing. You strung the people along selling tables for $1000 for the local groups to pay just to come listen to nothing. You charged them and didn’t even talk about anything of substance. Then you only added grow rights in a very ambiguous manner while you aggressively detailed punishment for being outside of the law. No cps protection. No consideration for people who need more like chrones disease. I tried to reach them but they never responded. Either MPP has a wild ego or they are a government infiltration of the cannabis movement.

  9. I’d rather be deemed a criminal with all cannabis users than to vote for a law that only makes a few of us legal. Thats leaving a soldier on the battlefield. Anyone who is willing to do that needs to do soul searching cause thats a RAT!

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