The initiative will appear on the ballot as Proposition 205.
But the campaign faces another hurdle: Marijuana-legalization foes are asking a Maricopa County Superior Court judge to toss the initiative from the ballot. In a lawsuit, opponents argue marijuana-legalization backers are deceiving voters in how they are pitching the measure. The lawsuit, brought by 13 individuals and groups, is scheduled for hearings on Friday.
Proposition 205 asks Arizona voters to legalize cannabis for recreational use and establish licensed shops where sales of the drug would be taxed, similar to the system established in Colorado. Among other things, the Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act would allow adults 21 and older to possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana and grow up to six plants in their homes.
Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy, which brought the lawsuit against the measure, has said potential revenues from legalization do not outweigh the potential costs of "bad public policy," which would affect public health, public safety, the workplace and education.
The pro campaign is holding a news conference Thursday to kick off the "Yes on 205" campaign "and highlight the benefits of replacing marijuana prohibition with a regulated system."
“Eighty-three years ago, Arizona voters approved a ballot measure to repeal the failed policy of alcohol prohibition,” said J.P. Holyoak, chairman of the Yes on 205 campaign said in a statement. “This November, we will have the opportunity to end the equally disastrous policy of marijuana prohibition. Prop 205 would establish a more sensible system in which marijuana is regulated and taxed similarly to alcohol.”