An Arizona recreational cannabis campaign called Smart & Safe Arizona officially released its 2020 ballot initiative text for recreational cannabis legalization on Aug. 9.
Arizona Cannabis Monthly was the first to receive an exclusive first look at the bill on Aug. 9. The residents in the state of Arizona have long fought for recreational cannabis, and this could be the final push necessary to make that dream a reality. “In the interest of the efficient use of law enforcement resources, enhancing revenue for public purposes, and individual freedom, the responsible adult use of marijuana should be legal for persons twenty-one years of age or older, subject to state regulation, taxation, and local ordinance,” the bill states at the beginning of the document.
Now that the text has been finalized, Smart & Safe Arizona will officially file the measure with the Arizona Secretary of State’s office. The language will be evaluated and added to the list of proposed initiatives for next year’s election season. After it has been approved, the group can begin to collect signatures. This time around, initiatives will need 237,000 verified voter’s signatures to have their initiatives added to the ballot, which are due by July 2020.
While Arizona has been making slow and steady progress, it is steadily inching towards a legal cannabis industry and a better regulated medical industry. The state just ruled that concentrates are protected under medical law, and they have a thriving medical program, although an audit did reveal some issues. Up until now though, it has been unable to take the plunge into full legalization, and the definition of legal cannabis is still difficult to pin down in the state. If this ballot measure gets added and passes, it would be huge for the future of legal, recreational cannabis in Arizona.