Based on signatures submitted to the state this week, an industry-backed initiative to legalize a industrial leisure marijuana market in Arizona appears prone to get on the November ballot.
The group, Smart and Safe Arizona, submitted 420,000 signatures with the Arizona Secretary of State, in accordance with alt-weekly Phoenix New Times.
The signatures nonetheless have to be verified, however the group has a big cushion: 237,645 legitimate signatures are required to make the ballot.
There is concern that the initiative, which limits the variety of licenses per county, would give precedence to current medical cannabis operators and favor multistate operators.
But Smart and Safe did add 26 social fairness licenses to the initiative language.
The initiative calls for a 16% retail gross sales tax on marijuana merchandise.
Voters rejected an adult-use legalization measure in 2016 by a slim margin, however proponents have stated they consider help has elevated sufficiently since then for the measure to cross.
A ballot printed final December discovered that 51% of possible voters authorised legalization, and 42% opposed.
Some stiff opposition remains, particularly from the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
In a June 25 information launch, Chamber President Glenn Hamer declared that “more harm than good” would outcome from legalization.
He claimed that legalization would harm the state’s workforce-development efforts by growing office accidents and reducing productiveness.