21 Reasons AZFMR Supporters Should Vote for Marijuana Policy Project Initiative

"Jason? Yeah, I voted against the MPP bill like you said, and now I'm being arrested for a joint."
"Jason? Yeah, I voted against the MPP bill like you said, and now I'm being arrested for a joint."
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10. Buying marijuana would no longer require plastic baggies, frantic phone messages, and a feeling of wrongdoing. (It would, however, still require cash — until changes are made in federal banking rules.)

Can you name the strain?
Can you name the strain?
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9. Voting against I-08 because it doesn't go far enough would be like voting against Arizona's initiative for women's suffrage in 1912 because it didn't include Native Americans, who achieved voting rights in the state in 1948.

Promo poster from Marijuana Policy Project
Promo poster from Marijuana Policy Project
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8. Some AZFMR leaders have claimed that cannabis users would be worse under the MPP's measure than under Arizona's current law, but that's not true: No provision of the initiative creates a crime or penalty that would be worse than the current everything's-a-felony statutes.

A giant piece of shatter — not your grandpa's marijuana.
A giant piece of shatter — not your grandpa's marijuana.
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7. AZFMR leaders have called the CRMLA's retail-store scheme a “monopoly,” but the plan actually allows for healthy competition – not only among the state's 90 dispensary businesses but among another 70 or so non-dispensary-affiliated retail stores that would be allowed.

AZFMR announced last month that its volunteers have so far collected about 100,000 signatures.
AZFMR announced last month that its volunteers have so far collected about 100,000 signatures.
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6. The limit on the number of retail cannabis shops, which at about 160 under I-08 is one-tenth of what would be allowed under the AZFMR initiative, can be expanded starting in 2021.

The CRMLA allows for about 160 retail marijuana stores initially, while the AZFMR bill would allow about 1,600.EXPAND
The CRMLA allows for about 160 retail marijuana stores initially, while the AZFMR bill would allow about 1,600.
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5. Instead of being carted off to a filthy, unsafe jail, threatened with a felony, and forced to attend six months of TASC treatment, adults caught smoking pot in public would face only a $300 fine.

Legalizing and taxing cannabis in Arizona would bring tens of millions in revenue to state schools.EXPAND
Legalizing and taxing cannabis in Arizona would bring tens of millions in revenue to state schools.
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4. The unregulated selling any amount of marijuana would remain a felony – but no worse than the felony it is now. Operating an unregulated cannabis retail or cultivation business from an apartment was never going to work as a career, anyway.

21 Reasons AZFMR Supporters Should Vote for Marijuana Policy Project Initiative

3. AZFMR leaders say I-08 would cause an increase in black-market sales and cultivation – but that's not what's happened in Colorado, where authorities say that more than half of the state's cannabis demand is now met with regulated, legal sources.

Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and Washington D.C. have all legalized marijuana for all adults 21 and older — will Arizona be next?
Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and Washington D.C. have all legalized marijuana for all adults 21 and older — will Arizona be next?
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2. Arizona schools would receive an estimated $72 million a year or more in revenue from taxed, legal cannabis sales that they will not receive if AZFMR supporters help shoot down the initiative.

Home cannabis cultivation could be a widespread hobby in Arizona next year.
Home cannabis cultivation could be a widespread hobby in Arizona next year.
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1. If the well-funded, MPP-backed measure goes down this year, Arizona cannabis supporters better hope for federal changes, because it'll probably be years before voters see another legalization initiative on the ballot.



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