Cannabis in Arizona
Cannabis in Arizona is legal for medical uses, but prohibited for recreational use.
Proposition 200 (1996)
in 1996, 65% of Arizona voters approved Proposition 200, a drug policy reform initiative containing a provision allowing the use of cannabis with a doctor’s prescription. The medical cannabis portion of the initiative was then essentially repealed by state legislators a few months later, but the change was rejected by voters in a 1998 veto referendum (Proposition 300). Ultimately the medical cannabis provision was ineffective, however, due to language that created significant conflict with federal law (use of the word “prescribe” instead of “recommend”).
Proposition 203 (2002)
Proposition 203 in 2002 to legalize the medical use of cannabis failed with 42.7% of the vote.
Proposition 203 (2010)
Proposition 203 in 2010 to legalize the medical use of cannabis passed with 50.1% of the vote. In 2012, the Arizona legislature passed a law that sought to forbid the access to medical cannabis on college campuses. However, in May 2018, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled that this restriction was unconstitutional.
Proposition 205 (2016)
Among the largest contributors to defeat of the initiative (Proposition 205) were Discount Tire ($1 million), Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry ($918,000), Sheldon Adelson ($500,000), and Insys Therapeutics ($500,000).
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery is a leading opponent to cannabis reform efforts in the state of Arizona. He has made a number of controversial comments on the subject, including telling a military veteran who spoke in support of cannabis legalization “I have no respect for you… because you’re an enemy”. Montgomery has also engaged in a multi-year legal battle seeking to overturn the state’s medical marijuana law that was approved by voters in 2010.
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- Arizona marijuana laws: 12 things you need to know at azcentral.com (The Arizona Republic)
- Arizona marijuana laws at FindLaw