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Arizona to Vote for Cannabis Legalization in November

Arizona to Vote for Cannabis Legalization in November

Arizona voters are poised to decide whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use.

Secretary of State Michele Reagan notified Gov. Doug Ducey Thursday that the Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act has enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot.

The number of valid signatures collected by the pro-campaign was an estimated 177,258. The campaign needed at least 150,642, according to the secretary of state.

The initiative will appear on the ballot as Proposition 205.

But the campaign faces another hurdle: Marijuana-legalization foes are asking a Maricopa County Superior Court judge to toss the initiative from the ballot. In a lawsuit, opponents argue marijuana-legalization backers are deceiving voters in how they are pitching the measure. The lawsuit, brought by 13 individuals and groups, is scheduled for hearings on Friday.

Proposition 205 asks Arizona voters to legalize cannabis for recreational use and establish licensed shops where sales of the drug would be taxed, similar to the system established in Colorado. Among other things, the Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act would allow adults 21 and older to possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana and grow up to six plants in their homes.

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