Marijuana Laws

Staff Reports

PHOENIX — Voters will have the opportunity to legalize recreational marijuana in Arizona for adults over 21 in this year’s general election.

And half of respondents in a recent poll say they are in favor.

The Morrison Institute, Arizona Republic and Cronkite News partnered on the poll, which surveyed 800 registered voters. Nearly 40 percent said they would oppose it and 10 percent were undecided, while roughly 50 percent were in favor.

White Mountain Independent reporter Mike Leiby asked a handful of White Mountain residents — on social media and in person — what they thought.

Some were in favor, and others weren’t so sure.

“I think that it should be passed,” Jasmin Powers of Lakeside said. “I have my green (medical marijuana) card and it serves for my depression and anxiety. I think it should be passed so long as people use (recreational marijuana) responsibly.”

Jon Dahl, Owner of the Stanford Store at the “Y” in Apache County, said he supports Prop. 205.

“I just think it should not be punishable anymore. I am further concerned about our use of human resources (law enforcement) to incarcerate people for a what I consider a non-crime.”

“I’m fine with it,” Michael Colombo said. His wife agreed, as well. “I think its fine,” she said. “I haven’t heard any disaster stories out of Colorado,” Colombo’s wife said.

If passed, it will become legal for adults over 21 to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and to consume it in private. Alternatively, it will allow adults to grow up to six marijuana plants in an enclosed, locked space at their residence, with the condition that no more than 12 plants can be grown in a single residence.

The law will also enact a 15 percent excise tax on retail marijuana sales, which will be used for: 40 percent for the Department of Education for school construction and capital expenses, 40 percent for full-day kindergarten programs and 20 percent for the Department of Health Services for public education regarding the harms of alcohol, marijuana and other substances.

 Although the Joint Legislative Budget Committee estimates $30 million in new funds will be generated as a result of Prop. 205's passage, it will also require the creation of a new regulatory department. Opponents of the initiative say that the Department of Marijuana Licenses and Control, which will oversee licensed retail stores, cultivation facilities, manufacturing facilities and testing facilities, will have a high cost to operate that will likely almost outweight the increase in tax revenues.

Election day is Nov. 8 and early ballots are distributed on Oct. 12.

The last day to register to vote in Arizona is next Monday, Oct. 10.

(8) comments

ScienceG

All intelligent people know that polls are nothing more than marketing and attempts to steer public opinion to what some special interest wants us to believe, think and do. It is especially apparent this newspaper piece — look how one-sided it is, with slanted rhetoric, a misleading headline, and without equal weight given to opponents.

This poll does not represent most of Arizona and certainly not people in the White Mountains. This poll was designed by college kids in Phoenix. They made 1689 calls but only 47% of people they called would complete their questionnaire. 2/3 of the people they polled were from Maricopa county, followed by Pima County. Most were Democrats who voted for Obama and favor Hillary, and stated they also support open borders and are opposed to securing our border.

Of the respondents they polled throughout the rest of Arizona, most opposed marijuana and Proposition 205.

Once again, we are being sold on pot and it’s being rammed down our throats by some well financed lobbyists. But, make no mistake, most people in Navajo County do not want this. As Mr. Alvidrez wrote in his OpEd earlier this week, the claims repeated in this WMI article that it will bring money for education are bogus. The $30 million is only 0.33% of Arizona’s education budget… but we’ll never see it. Every state that has legalized marijuana has discovered that promised tax revenues never materialize. Pot is still a federal crime and is a cash only business. So every pot business can eaily keep profits off the books reported to the government to avoid taxes. The real facts and evidence from everywhere to date are that the costs of legalization far outweigh any supposed economic benefits.

pxllr

Has anyone noticed how much money is being spent to oppose legalization of pot? Tens, even hundreds of thousands of $$ being spent against it. Who is spending all this money to keep it illegal? Pharmaceutical companies, the private for-profit prison industry, the drug cartels to name a few. They stand to lose millions if it is legalized.

teddyearp

I am for it. I am disparaged by the fact that there are numerous signs against up here on the mountain, with the main theme, "Keep Arizona Drug Free". Whether this law passes or not will have no effect on keeping Arizona drug free.

Tired

Well said, ScienceG! I agree 100%

LStearn

Guess who the major opposition funder is for prop 205? It is the pharmaceutical company that makes Fentanyl. The narcotic Fentanyl is 100 times more powerful than morphine and used to cut heroin. They don't want pot to be legal because it would cut down on prescription drug use in the form of opioids. Marijuana should NOT be illegal. It is no worse than alcohol, and in any case it is not the job of the government to limit our choices. It is the job of the government to protect our choices.

ScienceG

Look who’s bankrolling the push for pot in Arizona: Big Marijuana. These special interests stand to make $billions and have nearly 5 times the amount to spend on lobbying in Arizona than opponents. [http://soaznewsx.com/look-whos-bankrolling-the-push-for-pot-in-arizona/]

The amount of money being spent by Big Marijuana to legalize drugs here and influence our media and political process would surprise most Arizonans. George Soros and Peter Lewis have been major bankrollers nationwide, including here in Arizona. [http://www.bioethics.org.au/Resources/other-pdfs/Medical-Marijuana-WWCTU-Convention-May-2013.pdf]

Capital Research Center did a report on who’s behind the movement to legalize drugs, including hundreds of millions of dollars at the disposal of Soro’s Open Society. [https://www.heartland.org/_template-assets/documents/publications/4466.pdf]
Hopefully, Arizonans will wake up to how they are being manipulated and misled before it's too late.

EARNSHAY


TEDDYEARP you are 100% correct. Arizona is now not even close to being drug free and it will never be. I would rather see pot be legalized and someone start looking at the meth, prescription meds and even alcohol that is ruining so many lives in the usa.

Rokon

Prop 205 might not get through but it'll probably be close. I read recently that the "for prop 205" crowd has spent $3.1 Million to the "No" crowd's $1.5 Million thusfar. The "For" crowd has more money behind them and I'm certain they are planning to push hard in these last few weeks.
I really hope it does pass because to me it would put the issue "above board" where it belongs. And upcomiing budget cutting will diminish the venom the DEA has and render them impotent on the issue. I realize law enforcement generally enjoys the RICO and forfeiture monies they derive from pot busts but hey. Too bad for them. Time for some light to shine on the issue. Most of the states that are involved in legalizing medical marijuana will pass, adding to the pressure to legalize fully later on. Its just a matter of time. " you will be assimilated"

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