Arizona: Adult Use Marijuana Measure Cleared For November Ballot

vote_keyboardArizona voters will decide this November on a statewide ballot measure to legalize and regulate the adult use and retail sale of cannabis.

The Secretary of State’s office has confirmed that initiative proponents, The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol, submitted a sufficient number of signatures from registered voters to qualify the measure for the November ballot. A Maricopa County judge has also dismissed a lawsuit that sought to prohibit the measure from going before voters, although initiative opponents may seek to further litigate the matter before the state Supreme Court.

Proposition 205 permits adults to legally possess (up to one ounce of marijuana flowers and/or five grams of marijuana concentrates) and cultivate marijuana (up to six plants) for their own personal use, and establishes licensing for its commercial production and retail sale. Commercial, for-profit sales of cannabis will be subject to taxation, while non-commercial exchanges of marijuana will not be taxed.

Similar adult use measures will appear on the ballot this November in California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada. Voters in Arkansas, Florida, Montana, and North Dakota will also decide on medical use measures this fall. A Missouri statewide initiative seeking to regulate the plant’s medicinal use is in litigation.

A summary of 2016 statewide ballot measures and their status is online here.

15 thoughts

  1. Congratulations Arizona! (Hope you used a reputable notary!)

    Just finished watching Usain Bolt win his final gold, and reflecting on Phelps;

    “Warning; Consumption of marijuana may cause you to win 3 for 3 consecutive gold medals.”

  2. One ounce of budflower after #16 screen sifting will add up to at least 900 x 25-mg single tokes.

  3. While you’re voting to legalize cannabis in Arizona, please thank-or-spank your representatives as well! Make that “hire or fire” them, by your vote. Here’s the summary for Arizona, and their current NORML grades (which vary as candidates flip-flop; like John McCain! How that drug warrior ever got a “B” amazes me. But whatever — better late than never, right? He says he doesn’t agree with marijuana use, but he respects the will of the people.)

    Arizona Scorecard:
    John McCain (R): “B”
    Jeff Flake (R): “B”

    Ann Kirkpatrick (D): “B”
    Martha McSally (R): “D”
    Raul Grijalva (D): “B”
    Paul Gosar (R): “F”
    Matt Salmon (R): “D”
    David Schweikert (R): “B”
    Ruben Gallego (D): “A”
    Trent Franks (R): “F”
    Kyrsten Sinema (D): “B”

    Get the details at

  4. Isn’t it obvious why people in power are trying to block these initiatives? They know it will pass! Even Missouri officials are trying to block the medical initiative slated for this November. Anyone surprised?

  5. Nice to see small government conservatives oppose the nanny state. Oh wait… I divided by zero. Let me try again. I am against the nanny state, thus I oppose the prohibition of… what was I saying again?

    1. LOL!
      Don’t worry, I know exactly what you mean, perhaps. Or maybe not. But either way, that was funny.

    2. You could always try multiplying by zero. It might not help but that’s how congress does it: if they try something that doesn’t work, they repeat it or try something else equally expected to not work:)

  6. I have a question, If law passes thc is now legal ergo hemp is legal? New green renewable jobs,,,just in time. Hempclothing cuts uv rays a blessing if you live in az.

    1. No, hemp is not ergo legal, even if marijuana is legal, because the legal requirements for growing marijuana are stringent, and no one would waste time growing hemp under those conditions, as if it were marijuana. But it’s likely that the cops would still freak out over a big outdoor field of hemp, AS IF it were marijuana, growing free and not meeting the stringent requirements for growing marijuana legally.

      So it’s a separate thing, really.

  7. Very likely the issue will pass on election day, but AZ Govenor Doug Ducey is in charge of implementing the program, meaning don’t get your hopes up Arizonans, he has already stated he does not support this initiative and he will do just like his predecessor did Jan Brewer filed a lawsuit against the us government when our medical marijuana program passed, keeping the program from accepting despencery licensing applications under the pretense “state employees whom accept, approve, and grant licensing would be subject to federal kingpin drug laws” which postponed the implementation of the medical marijuana program by 2 years before a federal judge threw out the lawsuit.

    More mental retardation from a ridiculous RED state agenda.

  8. Update:

    Arizona Supreme Court rejects challenge to ballot and an Arizona full legalization initiative is on for November:

    “A lower court judge had thrown out the challenge, saying the group called Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy didn’t have a right to sue. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Jo Lynn Gentry’s ruling went on to reject all of the reasons opponents laid out for keeping the initiative off the ballot.”

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