Prop 207 passes, legalizing recreational marijuana in Arizona, per AP

Posted at 8:59 PM, Nov 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-04 20:30:07-05

PHOENIX — After rejecting a similar measure in 2016, Arizona voters have approved Prop 207 to legalize recreational marijuana for adults, according to projections from the Associated Press.

The measure was spearheaded by Advocates for Smart and Safe Arizona Arizona.

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Under the measure, adults 21 and older would be allowed to possess up to one ounce of marijuana, according to their website. It prohibits smoking marijuana in public spaces, such as restaurants, sidewalks, and parks, and lets companies decide whether or not to allow marijuana at work and among its employees.

It also pushes for criminal justice reform for low-level marijuana charges.

After the measure failed in 2016, supporters told ABC15 prior to the election that they spent a lot of time talking with voters to learn about their concerns with the previous measure, and looked at other states who've passed similar measures to see what mistakes were made.

Officials said the language in Prop 207 was thorough and addresses concerns raised during the 2016 election.

Once implemented, established marijuana dispensaries would be among the first to be allowed to sell recreational marijuana. The Arizona Department of Health Services, ADHS, would be in charge of regulating the industry and issuing licenses.

Currently, marijuana is only approved for medicinal use with an issued medical marijuana card.