When Will Marijuana Be Legalized in Arizona?

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The group that was behind Arizona's medical-marijuana law plans to push a marijuana-legalization initiative in Arizona in 2016.

The national Marijuana Policy Project actually hopes that Arizona is one of 10 states where it can help pass marijuana-legalization laws, such as the one in Colorado, by 2017.

See also:
-Marijuana Policy Project Plans Arizona Legalization Measure for 2016
-Marijuana Legalization Campaign Trying to Get Issue on Arizona Ballots in 2014

The marijuana-legalization only seems to be moving forward. Although there are major pot foes here in Arizona, local polls seem to show support for the idea of legalization, and Senator John McCain said he respects the will of the people in that regard.

Even with the MPP planning to get involved for a 2016 ballot initiative, there's already a local group called Safer Arizona trying to gather signatures to get the issues on 2014 ballots.

Here's our question this morning: When do you think marijuana will be legalized with a Colorado-style law in Arizona?

Cast your vote below:


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cmiller2900
cmiller2900

We're Gonna Legalize it! saferarizona.com

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

I would rather see people ingesting cannabis than drinking.  However, pot is a nightmare for employers and  workman's comp.  THC stays in a person's system for weeks.  What happens if there is an accident at work?  Employers are currently reluctant to transfer operations to either Colorado or Washington hurting job growth.

The solution is to legalize cannabis in all states.  


Shane
Shane

With MPP involved we might end up with legal weed but only if you are willing to pay an inflated price to the state's handpicked dealers.  They are the group responsible for the ridiculous 25 mile rule designed for the express purpose of gouging customers.

Eric Havins
Eric Havins

I'm good with tomorrow..or Monday, I guess. Tomorrow IS a Saturday...no one will be at work at the legislature..but I guess that's usually the case, so..

FatGuyRadioShow
FatGuyRadioShow

Legalize it! What's the worse that can happen Jack in the Box runs out of 99c tacos. Why is this still a debate? This is stressing us out, we're going to get high. Eff this. Call us when its legal.

royalphoenix
royalphoenix

If opiates were legal for over 21 to purchase, would society have the untold number of problems crack, coke, alcohol, and meth have caused ? peace

Troy Farah Faucet
Troy Farah Faucet

When the people in charge get their head out of their asses.

Victor D'Vita
Victor D'Vita

make it national already. My disability requires something more than all the meds they put me on. As a result though, I cannot get a job by some employers

Cheri Mason
Cheri Mason

Now. I'm so tired of the nonsense associated with criminalizing weed. It's ridiculous that we even have to keep discussing it.

Steve Palermo
Steve Palermo

As long as it remains illegal with the Feds, its all a moot point anyway.

Timothy D Little
Timothy D Little

interesting results. looks like 2014 could happen but 2016 for sure. Let's make it happen in 2014. I wanna see farmers growing industrial hemp in the spring of 2015. what a boon. add an H (or a c)to them C's boys!

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

A lot sooner than the hypocritical teatard republithug prohibitionists want...

dtmac
dtmac

@Shane I disagree with the 25 mile rule also, hopefully we can get it thrown out by the courts. The MPP was also very involved in CO. and they have grow rights. I would hope they would include the same rights here in 2016, unless we can do it without them in 2014.

elmergantry71
elmergantry71

@Shane Put another way: the MPP crafted a bill that was able to squeak by on the narrowest of margins during the notorious Tea Baggin' epidemic of 2010.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Vic Friend D'Vita  

Just as we don't have national traffic laws or marriage laws, we don't have (valid) national laws about pot.   It has to be done by each state, unless SCOTUS decides that there's a basic human right to it.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@Cheri Mason The early drafts of the US Constitution were written on Hemp paper.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Steve Palermo  

The feds lack the authority to outlaw its use or sale within the States.

When they wanted to outlaw alcohol, they had to amend the Constitution.  They didn't bother to do that for anything else because people let them get away with overstepping their authority as long as it's to "protect the children".

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@Flyer9753  

There are a lot of Democrats who think it should be illegal, and a lot of Republicans who think it should be legal. 

Not every issue splits purely along party lines, and the word "Republican" really doesn't mean "person who disagrees with me".

 

interloper
interloper

@valleynative You might want to check the U.S. code on that one. We do have national laws prohibiting marijuana and according to the SCOTUS they are constitutionally valid under the interstate commerce clause.

jetdoc1
jetdoc1

@WhoKnows We need to get PAST using that as an example...  honestly..  The Science has advanced FAR beyond the fact that the Constitution was drafted on Hemp Paper.  You can STILL purchase "Hemp Paper", you CAN'T just go into a store and buy a joint, nor actually legally have it in your own home.  (The way the law reads NOW)

We can't use the fact that the Founding fathers even GREW Hemp...  We've got to come with SCIENCE if we want to prevail in this issue.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@valleynative Again, if you live in a state where Oxycontin is made, does that mean the feds cant control it or require a prescription in that state?

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@valleynative @Flyer9753 Tell us about the republicans elected in AZ and their views.  Like Brewer, Montypoodle, and the clowns in the legislature, ok?

elmergantry71
elmergantry71

@interloper @valleynative Our current SCOTUS is a damned joke. Corporations are people and money has rights, unless you get caught with a wad of it. Then the money's rights are trumped by the rights of the privateer pigs. What a bunch of fascists.


valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@interloper

They clearly have nothing to do with interstate commerce, though, do they?   If SCOTUS says that water is air, I'm not planning to drown myself.

elmergantry71
elmergantry71

@jetdoc1 @WhoKnows Science had nothing to do with the creation of the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. I wager it will have little to do with its demise, either.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@royalphoenix @WhoKnows  

Yes, that doesn't mean that the feds have any legal authority to regulate in that way.   The feds are simply using bullying tactics.

royalphoenix
royalphoenix

@WhoKnows  The DEA has spoken with both banks and armored car companies about servicing mmj  businesses. peace

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@WhoKnows @valleynative  

Again, they can control it if the manufacturer also intends to sell out of state (as all do), by threatening to yank their license to participate in Interstate Commerce if they don't play by the fed's rules.

jetdoc1
jetdoc1

@WhoKnows @valleynative @Flyer9753 We ALL make mistakes! Brewer inherited the job, but beating an INCUMBENT is tough in ANY state. Secondly, the Democrats didn't even CARE enough to RUN anybody against Montgomery....  He's DONE after this term!  I GUARANTEE it!  The Libertarian that ran against him garnered 20,000+ votes and had ZERO $$$!  His campaign signs were on PLYWOOD with KRYLON painted, STENCILED letters.  I don't believe he even got to debate Montgomery, because Monty refused.  He had nothing to GAIN and everything to LOSE.  People are really tired of this ULTRA-Conservative wing in the party and more and more are registering Libertarian because the GOP even LEFT them!  We're STILL fiscally conservative, but more socially liberal... (ie: GET OUT OF MY BUSINESS)  and want to limit the Federal Govt. to those authorities given it by the Constitution and NO MORE!  They're going to be busier than hell if they just take care of the SHIT they're SUPPOSED to!

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@WhoKnows

So you think it's just fine to judge all Republicans by those clowns?

Ever hear of stereotyping?  Profiling? Prejudice?

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