Recreational Marijuana Goes Up In Smoke In Arizona

More than half of Arizona said no to recreational marijuana, with 980,822 voting against Proposition 205 and 899,605 voting for it.

Business leaders, many of whom led the charge against the initiative, were pleased with the results.

“Employers can breathe a sigh of relief that they will continue to be able to maintain the drug-free workplace policies they have in place currently,” said Garrick Taylor, senior vice president of government relations and communications for the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry. “The chamber had deep concerns over Proposition 205’s effect on employers’ ability to keep marijuana out of the workplace, so we are very pleased to see the initiative fail. It was a hard fought campaign.”

Cathi Herrod, president of Center for Arizona Policy, said this is a victory for Arizona families.

““I said it early on and yesterday Arizona voters showed they are smarter than the marijuana monopoly. Marijuana marketers did their best to dress up Prop 205,” Herrod said in a prepared statement. “But selling it as an education funding and neighborhood safety measure stretched the limits of creativity and credibility.”

Of the five states with recreational marijuana on their ballots, Arizona was the only state where it didn’t pass. California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada legalized recreational marijuana use, setting the stage for Arizona to follow in the future.

It’s not over, said Sara Gullickson, CEO of DispensaryPermits.com, one of Arizona’s cannabis business entrepreneurs.

“I believe we will see 45 to 50 states with either medical or recreational programs in the next four to seven years,” she said in a prepared statement.

“While its unfortunate Prop 205 did not pass, Arizona has a very strong medical program serving about 100,000 patients in need,” Gullickson said. “Arizona’s time will come for full legalization. Our community will not stop educating and informing Arizona residents of the benefits of Marijuana. Arizona’s Medical Marijuana program is recognized Nationally and has been one of the industry leaders.”

By: Angela Gonzales

Source: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/news/2016/11/09/recreational-marijuana-goes-up-in-smoke-in-arizona.html

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