Arizona Voters Approve Marijuana Legalization
Arizona voters, who narrowly approved medical marijuana in 2010 but rejected general legalization in 2016, tonight passed an initiative that allows recreational use. With just 6 percent of precincts reporting, the Associated Press has declared a win for Proposition 207, currently favored by 60 percent of voters.
Arizona is the 13th state to legalize recreational use, joining New Jersey, where voters approved legalization today, and 11 states where cannabis was already legal. Proposition 207 extends a contiguous cannabis-friendly zone in the West that includes Washington, Oregon, California, and Nevada. Recreational use is also legal northeast of Arizona in Colorado, while Utah and New Mexico—Arizona’s neighbors to the north and east, respectively—allow only medical use.
Along with other prominent Republicans, Gov. Doug Ducey opposed Proposition 207, calling it “a bad deal based on false promises.” But in five polls conducted from mid-May to mid-October, the initiative was favored by 56 percent of voters on average. Supporters of legalization, who were funded largely by medical marijuana businesses, outspent opponents by nearly 10 to 1.
Proposition 207 legalizes recreational use by adults 21 or older and charges the state Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) with writing regulations for commercial production and distribution. It also allows adults to grow up to six plants at home for personal use. The public possession limit is one ounce (five grams for concentrates), although home growers may possess whatever their plants produce at their resi
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