Marijuana Legalization Looms Over Head In Arizona
In this election, voters will decide whether to decriminalize marijuana or legalize it for recreational use. From the beginning, we thought voters would focus on all 17 sides of the initiative and learn more about it, and that polls were narrowing, "said Dr. James O'Neill, executive director of the Arizona Health and Public Safety Group, which opposes Prop 207. The OH poll is very close, but support remains at 50%, and a new poll by the Arizona Public Policy Polling Institute (APPI) shows the initiative ahead.
Medical marijuana has been legal in Arizona since 2010, but the vote is close enough to convince advocates to continue their push for legalization. Getting voters to say "yes" is a different story, however, according to the Arizona Public Policy Polling Institute (APPI) survey.
Former state representative Chad Campbell says it will generate support for things the Legislature has overtly neglected for decades, like the recession. Campbell is leading the effort to overhaul Prop. 207 as a member of the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), the state's largest medical marijuana advocacy group.
The Voting Rights Act here makes a great contribution to taking into account the efforts of other states and also to seize the opportunity to create a very creative and smart way to legalize this product for adults, "Campbell said. Prop. 207 amends criminal penalties for possession of marijuana, prohibits smoking in public, allows the sale of up to one ounce of marijuana to adults over 21, and levies a $1.5 million tax on the sale of marijuana, with money earmarked for education, health care, education, and public safety. Opponents of Prop 207 believe that the financial benefits of legalization far outweigh the risks.
A Monmouth poll shows 51% of Arizonans support legalizing recreational marijuana, and both sides believe the outcome will be close. Both sides have stepped up efforts to spread their message against the proposal ahead of November's elections.