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Arizona [Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol]
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[Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol]

The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (CRMLA) on Tuesday issued an official statement regarding the narrow defeat of Prop. 205 in Arizona. Ballots are still being counted, but as of Tuesday at 8:10 a.m. the proposal to end marijuana prohibition in Arizona had received 1,158,655 votes in favor (48.23 percent) and 1,243,883 votes against (51.77 percent).

Arizona - J.P. Holyoak, Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol: "Quote" [Verde Independent]
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J.P. Holyoak, Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol:
“Marijuana has been illegal for decades, so we knew this was going to be an uphill battle”
[Verde Independent]

“We thank the more than 1 million Arizona voters who cast their ballots in favor of ending the failed policy of marijuana prohibition,” said CRMLA Chairman J.P. Holyoak. “We are disappointed the initiative came up short, but we are encouraged by the impressive amount of support it received given this was the first time voters had considered such a proposal.

“Marijuana has been illegal for decades, so we knew this was going to be an uphill battle,” Holyoak said. “We ran a positive, fact-based campaign that fostered a much-needed public dialogue about this subject, and we are confident it will lend to positive change in the future.”

“Sadly, adults in Arizona will continue to face felony charges for possessing small amounts of marijuana despite the fact that is less harmful than alcohol,” Holyoak said. “Marijuana will continue to be sold in a criminal market where sales will generate millions of dollars each year for drug cartels instead of our schools.

“Fortunately, Arizona’s medical marijuana program remains strong and patients will be able to continue safely and legally obtaining marijuana through a regulated system,” he said.

“This year’s election did not close the book on marijuana prohibition in Arizona, but the writing on the wall could not be clearer. It is too soon to provide any specific details, but we intend to continue fighting in support of sensible marijuana policy reform. Thanks to the gains we made with the Prop. 205 campaign, we are confident that Arizona will be among the next round of states to end prohibition and start regulating marijuana like alcohol.”

Some of the “No” votes on Prop 205 came from medical marijuana patients and dispensary owners, many of whom were concerned that state officials would “pull a Washington” on them by, like Washington state, allowing recreational marijuana to subsume and replace the medical cannabis market. Patients in Washington saw their formerly thriving medical marijuana scene reduced to nothing within three and a half years after I-502 passed there.

 

 

 

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