Will Arizona Legalize Recreational Marijuana in November?

Voters in Arizona will have the chance to legalize recreational marijuana this year now that the state supreme court has rejected a final legal challenge.

It was “a good day for voters who want to end marijuana prohibition in Arizona,” Barrett Marson, spokesman for the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, told the Associated Press.

Proposition 205 will appear on ballots on Nov.8 and would allow adults 21 years of age and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and consume it in private. The measure also allows, adults to grow up to six marijuana plants in an enclosed, locked space within their residences. A 15 percent tax on weed will apply, with revenue largely slated for education.

Judges threw out the lawsuit brought by Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy on Wednesday, which argued the petition voters signed did not include major provisions, identified no revenue source and had a misleading title.

Opponents also argue the bill will adversely affect DUI, child custody, and employment laws.

The high court agreed with a lower court, opining that the group didn’t have the right to sue in order to keep the measure off ballots.

“Our goal now is to make sure that every Arizonan enters the voting booth in November with a full understanding of both the intended and the unintended impacts of the 20 pages of new laws in Prop 205,” Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk said in a statement to media. “We hope all citizens will read the lengthy legalese before voting and will learn how devastating Proposition 205 would be to our state if passed.”

California, Maine and Nevada will also present voters with the chance to legalize recreational marijuana in November. Several other states will decide whether to legalize medical marijuana.

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