“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.