Arizona Marijuana Activists Have More Than Enough Signatures To Put Legalization On Ballot, They Say

Arizona Marijuana Activists Have More Than Enough Signatures To Put Legalization On Ballot, They Say

At a time when drug policy reform campaigns across the country are suspending efforts amid the coronavirus pandemic, marijuana activists in Arizona say they’ve already collected more than enough signatures to qualify a legalization measure for the state’s November ballot. The Smart and Safe Arizona campaign to legalize cannabis for adult use said it has gathered more than 320,000 signatures—about 80,000 more than is required to make the ballot. “We’re confident that we’re over the number that we need,” Campaign Manager Stacy Pearson told Marijuana Moment in a phone interview on Thursday, adding that while the state only verifies signatures after they’re submitted, internal validation by the campaign signals that they’re well ahead of where they need to be to qualify the measure. In the meantime, the campaign is putting a pause on further signature collection, citing concerns about the COVID-19 outbreak. “We got started collecting signatures Labor Day last year so we’re in a position where not much has changed,” Pearson said. “We were significantly ahead of where we planned to be for signatures and we have until July 2 to continue to gather.” The proposed initiative would allow individuals 21 and older to possess and purchase cannabis from licensed retailers. People could possess up to an ounce of marijuana at a time and cultivate up to six plants for personal use. The measure also contains several restorative justice provisions such as allowing individuals with prior marijuana convictions to petition the courts for expungements and establishing a social equity…

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