Recreational marijuana in Arizona was last voted on in 2016. Here’s what you need to know before voting on Prop 207 in 2020.
“Proposition 207 would allow adults (aged 21 or older) to possess one ounce of marijuana and the recreational use of it in the state. ”
Possessing more than one ounce but less than 2.5 ounces would result in a petty offense.
Marijuana use would remain illegal in public places, such as parks, sidewalks, and restaurants. Operating a vehicle, such as a car, boat, or plane, while being impaired would also remain illegal.
The proposition would also adopt a “Social Equity Ownership Program,” which would prioritize issuing licenses to owners who are “from communities disproportionately impacted by the enforcement of previous marijuana laws.”
Additionally, people previously convicted of possessing less than one ounce of marijuana or growing six or fewer plants would be able to petition to have their record expunged stating July 12, 2021.
The proposition would also allow individuals living alone in the state to grow a maximum of six marijuana plants in their residence and residences of two or more individuals to grow 12 plants, as long as the plants are in a lockable enclosed area away from public view.
The propositon will not change employers’ right to maintain a drug and alcohol-free workplace.
The initiative would also make the Arizona Department of Health Services responsible for regulating marijuana in the state, including licensing stores and production facilities. ADHS would have to establish specific regulations by April 5, 2021.
A tax will also be created on the sale of marijuana. It will be the same 16% tax, in addition to existing taxes, that is on cigarettes and alcohol. The revenue from the tax will go towards funding state agencies, including community college districts, police and fire departments, and the Highway User fund.