Sep 012015
 September 1, 2015
New Report Confirms Arizona Marijuana Initiative Revenue Estimate, Rebuffs Opponents

An independent Arizona-based research organization reports a proposed 2016 ballot measure to regulate and tax marijuana like alcohol would likely raise more revenue for education in Arizona than initiative backers originally estimated. According to the Grand Canyon Institute, a “centrist think-thank led by a bipartisan group of former state lawmakers, economists, community leaders, and academicians,” tax revenue from the initiative would initially generate $64 million annually, including $51 million for K-12 education and all-day kindergarten programs. It estimates that by 2019, once the new system is fully rolled out, it would raise $72 million per year, including approximately $58 million

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Aug 202015
 August 20, 2015
Arizona Marijuana Legalization Initiative Could Raise $40+ Million For Education

Backers of a proposed 2016 ballot initiative to regulate and tax marijuana like alcohol estimate the measure would raise more than $40 million annually for education in Arizona. The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol highlighted the potential revenue Wednesday by presenting the state with a jumbo-sized check during a “back-to-school” news conference in front of the state capitol. “Our schools are in serious need of funding, and taxing marijuana would create a significant new revenue stream,” said State Sen. Martin Quezada, a member of the Pendergast Elementary School District Governing Board who spoke at the news conference. “Marijuana sales

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Aug 182015
 August 18, 2015
Updates On The Arizona And Massachusetts Marijuana Legalization Campaigns

I received the following update from the Marijuana Policy Project: We wanted to provide you with a quick update on the ballot initiative campaigns in Arizona and Massachusetts that MPP is sponsoring. As you probably know, MPP was responsible for the successful campaigns that ended marijuana prohibition in Colorado in 2012 and Alaska in 2014. The campaigns in Arizona and Massachusetts are targeting Election Day November 2016. We’re very excited to continue this work, as ballot initiatives are a proven method for changing laws when politicians fail to take action. For the third election cycle in a row, MPP will be

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Jul 312015
 July 31, 2015
An Overview Of The 2016 Marijuana Legalization Initiatives

By Phillip Smith Marijuana is going to be part of the political conversation between now and Election Day 2016. Support for legalization is now consistently polling above 50% nationwide, four states and DC have already voted to legalize it, and activists at least ten states are doing their best to make it an issue this time around. In those states, they’re working to take marijuana legalization directly to the voters in the form of initiatives. Not all of those efforts will actually make the ballot — mass signature-gathering campaigns require not only enthusiasm but cold, hard cash to succeed —

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Jun 142015
 June 14, 2015
Majority Of Arizonans Favor Legalizing Marijuana

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director Most Arizonans support permitting adults to legally possess marijuana for personal consumption, according to statewide polling data commissioned by the Behavioral Research Center. Fifty-three percent of respondents favor legalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use. That is an increase of two percent compared to when pollsters asked a similar question last year. Only 39 percent of respondents disapproved of the notion of legalizing cannabis. Legalization supporters were more likely to be under the age of 35 (71 percent) and to vote Democrat (64 percent). Respondents age 55 or older (45

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Jun 062015
 June 6, 2015
New Poll Shows Majority Of Arizonans Support Ending Marijuana Prohibition

PHOENIX — An independent poll released Wednesday shows a majority of Arizona residents support ending marijuana prohibition. The Behavior Research Center’s latest Rocky Mountain Poll found 53% of Arizonans support making possession of a small amount of marijuana legal for personal use. Just 39% are opposed. Support outpaced opposition in all three of the geographical areas that were surveyed: 53-38 in Maricopa County; 47-43 in Pima County; and 58-38 in Rural Arizona. The survey of 701 Arizonans was conducted from April 29-May 15 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.8%. “Arizonans are fed up with the failed

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May 162015
 May 16, 2015
Arizona: Government Money Used To Oppose Marijuana Legalization

By Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director It is hardly a secret to any long observing advocate for cannabis law reform to recognize early on in their efforts to end cannabis prohibition that if it were not for government-federal, state and local governments-spending, there would be relatively few examples of private money being employed in the last forty-five years to try to maintain the status quo of cannabis prohibition. The tens of billions spent annually to keep the Reefer Madness going in America largely is taxpayer-funded bureaucracies such as the so-called drug czar’s office, DEA, NIDA, SAMHSA, DARE, PDFA…blah–blah–blah. Even

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Apr 022015
 April 2, 2015
City Official Calls Vietnam Vet 'The Enemy' Because He Uses Marijuana

Military veterans deserve the utmost respect in my opinion. They put their lives on the line to serve our country, and we owe them a lot. I have friends and family that are serving, or have served. It’s not easy for them. They have to leave their families and do things that are very tough. A lot of them have life long injuries and/or suffer from PTSD. So it was very troubling for me to watch a video yesterday of Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery trying to belittle a Vietnam veteran because he consumes marijuana. The Vietnam veteran, Don Ream,

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Feb 192015
 February 19, 2015
Marijuana Cultivation Facilities Most Expensive In Arizona, Colorado

There is a misconception out there that growing quality cannabis is not that hard, and not that expensive. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. Sure, growing cannabis that is mediocre or awful is not that hard and not that expensive. But when a grower is trying to get a cannabis plant to produce at the highest level possible in the areas of quality and quantity, there is a lot that goes into it. It requires a very specialized facility to keep bugs and disease out, and provide an optimal environment for cannabis plants to grow and thrive. Building such

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Jan 272015
 January 27, 2015
Seven States That Are Next In Line To Legalize Marijuana

By Phillip Smith During a series of YouTube interviews Thursday, President Obama demonstrated a remarkably laissez-faire attitude toward marijuana legalization experiments in the states. And he signaled strongly that the Obama administration wouldn’t be taking to the hustings to try to beat back legalization efforts, as previous administrations had been wont to do. “What you’re seeing now is Colorado, Washington through state referenda, they’re experimenting with legal marijuana,” the president said in response to a question from YouTube host Hank Green. “The position of my administration has been that we still have federal laws that classify marijuana as an illegal

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