Arizona Secretary of State: Marijuana legalization qualifies for the November ballot

Posted at 5:44 PM, Aug 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-11 17:25:31-04

It's official: a measure aimed at loosening the state's restrictions on marijuana will go before voters this fall.

The Arizona Secretary of State's office confirmed Thursday that supporters of a voter initiative legalizing marijuana in Arizona met the signature requirements for placement on the November ballot.

The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol said Wednesday it has been told that it exceeded the needed 150,642 signatures. The Secretary of State's office said in a news release that officials estimated the group submitted 177.258 valid signatures.

The state has been working with counties to check the nearly 259,000 signatures the group submitted in late June.

The initiative would allow adults age 21 and older to possess limited amounts of marijuana. Marijuana would have an added 15 percent tax going mainly to schools and be regulated similar to alcohol. On the ballot, the measure will be known as Proposition 205.

A court challenge to the initiative is set for a hearing on Friday.