On Thursday, August 11, State officials in Arizona announced that the Marijuana Act (Proposition 205) calling for the legalization of marijuana for recreational use with strict government regulation and taxation would appear on the ballot to be voted on in November.
The act legalizes use, sale and ownership of marijuana for anyone age 21 or older as well as allowing up to six marijuana plants per house. The act proposes a 15% sales tax for marijuana purchases. The revenue generated by the tax will be spent on education and health care.
This new act is not likely to pass, as only 39% of Arizonans would approve of such a measure while 52.5% would reject it, according to Mike Noble, the chief pollster of O.H. Productive insights. He believes this is because older people are more likely to vote and more likely to reject the act than younger generations.
J.P. Holyoak, a seller of medical marijuana said regarding the proposition, “It’s exciting, but it’s not surprising. We did things the right way, we did things properly.
If Proposition 205 passes, Arizona will be the fifth state to fully legalize recreational marijuana, the other four states being Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington as well as the District of Columbia.
Editor’s note: The revenue generated by the tax is intended to be spent on education and health care. However, in Colorado the revenues from legal sales have not materialized. Just this past April, Denver Public Schools developed a video to combat what it called one of the biggest misconceptions about marijuana taxes and school funding, according to news reports. The video, “How Marijuana Legalization Impacts Denver Public Schools” explodes the school funding sales pitch.