In 2016, Arizona got here very near being one of many handful of states that legalized cannabis through the election that yr. Sadly, they didn’t fairly get the variety of votes wanted to cross, leaving efforts on maintain for the following alternative. As we head into our subsequent Presidential Election yr in 2020, the time is true for activists to actually begin pushing for legalization another time. And at the moment, at the least two teams within the state are engaged on doing simply that.
“The sky has not fallen, every thing is okay, nobody is forcing or encouraging your children to make use of marijuana,” stated Demitri Downing, a founding father of the Marijuana Trade Commerce Affiliation.
Whereas one group – Good and Secure Arizona – is simply beginning out, with their poll language but to be finalized, one other group known as the AZ Justice League has already submitted their poll language earlier this yr underneath the title “The AZ Justice League’s Hashish Justice Act”. These are seemingly not the one efforts which can be going to be circulating within the subsequent yr as we get nearer to the election – however every of those teams might want to collect a minimal of 237,000 legitimate signatures by subsequent yr to make the poll.
Although the initiative has but to be drafted for the Good and Secure Arizona efforts, the initiative drafted by the AZ Justice League is barely totally different than these handed by different states thus far. Probably the most notable distinction is the truth that it could legalize cannabis use for adults 18 years of age and older (the identical as tobacco and the lottery), somewhat than 21 and up (like alcohol, and marijuana within the different states the place leisure use is authorized).
Nonetheless, their initiative additionally consists of stipulations that might be good to see in future poll initiatives, comparable to offering quick launch and post-conviction reduction for these charged with cannabis offenses. Although that may be a good addition, the age of legality and the truth that the initiative would decriminalize all cannabis offenses might be causes that voters will select a unique initiative.
In the long run, the face of the matter is that if we’re going to regulate cannabis like alcohol – the best way legalization activists have meant it from the start – then individuals have to be ready to take duty for themselves and their very own cannabis consumption. There are few actually “unhealthy” legalization initiatives that get very far. However the extra we study as different states legalize, the extra regulation individuals are going to search for in these initiatives – making it even tougher for teams like these to jot down an initiative that may please sufficient individuals to cross.