Arizona: Two-Thirds of Voters Support Proposed Legalization Initiative

Phoenix, AZ: Two-thirds of Arizona voters say that they are supportive of a proposed statewide ballot measure to legalize the adult use of cannabis and regulate its commercial production and sale, according to polling data compiled by the consulting group HighGround Incorporated.

Just under 66 percent of those surveyed said that they would “definitely” or “probably” vote in November for the Smart and Safe Arizona Act. Advocates have been collecting signatures to place the Act before voters this November, but have yet to turn them over to state regulators for verification.

The Act would permit those age 21 or older to possess up to one ounce of cannabis and would direct revenue from retail cannabis sales to fund various public education and safety programs.

Democrats, Republicans, and Independents all expressed majority support for the measure, as did voters over the age of 65.

“As long as Smart and Safe Arizona can qualify for the ballot, all signs point to 2020 being the year that recreational marijuana finally becomes legal in Arizona,” said Paul Bentz, Sr. Vice President of Research and Strategy at HighGround. The polling firm is not affiliated with the Smart and Safe Arizona campaign.

Statewide polling in New Jersey indicates that over 60 percent of voters in that state intend to vote ‘yes’ on a November ballot measure to legalize the use of marijuana by adults. Voters in Mississippi and South Dakota will also be deciding in November on marijuana-specific ballot initiatives.

For more information, contact Carly Wolf, NORML State Policies Coordinator. Additional information is available from Arizona NORML.