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Endorsements

Individuals

(See below for organizations)

    • Congressman Ruben Gallego – U.S. House of Representatives
    • Congressman Raul Grijalva – U.S. House of Representatives
    • Sen. Martin Quezada – Arizona State Senate, Pendergast Elementary School District Governing Board
    • Rep. Richard C. Andrade – Arizona House of Representatives
    • Rep. Reginald Bolding Jr. – Arizona House of Representatives
    • Rep. Mark Cardenas – Arizona House of Representatives
    • Rep. Ken Clark – Arizona House of Representatives
    • Rep. Charlene Fernandez – Arizona House of Representatives
    • Rep. Matthew Kopec – Arizona House of Representatives
    • Rep. Jonathan R. Larkin – Arizona House of Representatives
    • Rep. Stefanie Mach – Arizona House of Representatives
    • Rep. Juan Mendez – Arizona House of Representatives
    • Rep. Celeste Plumlee – Arizona House of Representatives
    • Rep. Bruce Wheeler – Arizona House of Representatives
    • Paul Cunningham – Tucson City Council
    • Karin Uhlich – Tucson City Council
    • Regina Romero – Tucson City Council
    • Randy Keating – Tempe City Council
    • Lauren Kuby – Tempe City Council
    • Henry Wade – Maricopa City Council
    • Buck Crouch – President, Sunnyside Unified School District Governing Board
    • Devin Del Palacio – Vice President, Tolleson Union High School District Governing Board
    • Ian Danley – Phoenix Union High School District Governing Board
    • Daniel Hernandez – Sunnyside Unified School District Governing Board
    • Channel Powe – Balsz School District Governing Board
    • Stanford Prescott – Phoenix Union High School District Governing Board
    • Ben Smith – Mesa Public Schools Governing Board
    • Dr. Tom Patterson – Arizona Senate Majority Leader (1993-1995), Chair of the Goldwater Institute (2000-2015), Past President of the Arizona Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians
    • Woody Thomas – Past Mayor of Litchfield Park
    • Alexis Tameorn – Chair, Arizona Democratic Party
    • Michael Kielsky – Chair, Arizona Libertarian Party
    • Dan O’Neil – State Coordinator, Progressive Democrats of America
    • Sonia Martinez – Past President of the Native American Bar Association of Arizona
    • Michael Capasso – Former Special Agent and Financial Crimes Unit Chief for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
    • Finn Sealander – Former Special Agent and Marijuana Coordinator for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
    • Rev. Sherman Fort – Senior Pastor, Canaan Missionary Baptist Church (Mesa)
    • Rev. Terry Sims – Minister, Unitarian Universalist Church of Sunrise
    • Rev. Bart Smith – Pastor, St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church (Tucson)
    • Rev. Warren Stewart, Jr. – Lead Pastor, Church of the Remnant (Phoenix)
    • Rabbi Dr. Schmuly Yanklowitz – President and Dean, Valley Beit Midrash (Phoenix)
    • Rev. Jim Wiltbank – Pastor, St. Francis in the Foothills United Methodist Church (Tucson)
    • Rev. Alexander E. Sharp – Executive Director, Clergy for a New Drug Policy
    • Doctors, nurse practitioners, and nurses throughout Arizona 

Organizations

    • Arizona Democratic Party
    • La Paz County Republican Committee
    • Arizona Liberty Caucus
    • ACLU of Arizona
    • Las Adelitas Arizona
    • MomForce AZ
    • Arizona NORML
    • Clergy for a New Drug Policy
    • Drug Policy Alliance
    • Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
    • Marijuana Policy Project
    • National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
    • Students for Sensible Drug Policy 

What Elected Officials Are Saying

“Forcing sales of this plant into the underground market has resulted in billions of dollars flowing into the hands of drug cartels and other criminals. We will be far better off if we shift the production and sale of marijuana to taxpaying Arizona businesses that are subject to strict regulations. It will also allow the state to direct law enforcement resources toward reducing violence and other more serious crimes.”

U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego
U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego Arizona's 7th Congressional District

“Our schools are in serious need of funding, and taxing marijuana would create a significant new revenue stream. Marijuana sales are going to keep taking place regardless of whether this initiative passes or fails. But only if it passes will they raise tens of millions of dollars each year for public education in Arizona.”

Sen. Martin Quezada
Sen. Martin Quezada Member, Pendergast Elementary School Board

"Prop. 205 would deal a devastating blow to the criminal market that sells marijuana to our kids and would replace it with a tightly controlled system. As an added bonus, Arizona schools would receive an estimated $55 million per year from the sale of regulated marijuana. I'm voting 'yes' on Prop. 205, and I encourage other Arizonans who care about our kids to do the same."

Rep. Charlene Fernandez
Rep. Charlene Fernandez Past Member, Yuma Union High School Board

“Regulating marijuana would allow consumers to go to a place where they can safely get it, they can ensure the quality of the product, and at the same time they can ensure that the money they’re paying for it is not going to go to drug cartels.”

Rep. Mark Cardenas
Rep. Mark Cardenas

“It is no secret that Arizona schools can use additional funding, and Proposition 205 would make a significant contribution toward that need. The projected estimate of $55 million for K-12 education annually would be very beneficial for schools, teachers, and students. But I am not supporting Proposition 205 because of the funding for education alone. I also believe that marijuana prohibition has made our state less safe, along the border and elsewhere. We need to end illegal sales of marijuana and have sales occur in tightly regulated — and taxpaying — businesses.”

Buck Crouch
Buck Crouch President, Sunnyside Unified School District Board

"Teen use in Colorado has not gone up since legalization. The Colorado initiative promised $40 million for schools, and that's exactly what they got. Ending marijuana prohibition in Arizona makes sense. Let's take money away from the cartels and put it into classrooms."

Devin Del Palacio
Devin Del Palacio Vice President, Tolleson Union High School Board

What Supporters Are Saying

"I know from personal experience that the illegal status of marijuana in the United States helps to fuel demand for marijuana produced by drug cartels in Mexico. If we truly hope to eliminate the criminal element associated with marijuana, the only solution is to make marijuana legal and tightly regulate its production and sale. I am supporting the Arizona initiative to regulate marijuana like alcohol because it will make our communities safer. Marijuana should be sold by licensed businesses, not drug cartels."

Michael Capasso
Michael Capasso 23-year Veteran of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

“Our current system of marijuana prohibition has failed to keep marijuana out of the hands of teens. It forces marijuana sales into the underground market, where customers are never asked for ID and often exposed to other illegal products. In a regulated system, checks for proof of age would be mandatory and strictly enforced. I would do everything in my power to protect my children, and that’s why I am speaking out in support of regulating marijuana like alcohol.”

Sonia Martinez
Sonia Martinez Past President of the Native American Bar Association of Arizona

"Prohibition of marijuana, like alcohol, simply doesn't work and never will. It wastes huge amounts of taxpayers' money and is counterproductive. The results are lawlessness, black markets and ruined lives. Prop. 205 is a rational, enlightened effort to resist excessive government interference in our lives. As an added bonus, it will provide tools to reduce the access of minors to a drug that may be harmful to them."

Dr. Tom Patterson
Dr. Tom Patterson Past Senate Majority Leader and Goldwater Institute Chair

"I support regulating marijuana because it will make Arizona a safer place for my daughter and my grandchildren. The money for education is a huge bonus, but the real value of this initiative is in ending the many harms associated with marijuana prohibition. Through responsible regulation, our state has dramatically reduced teen alcohol and tobacco use over the past decade. We would see similar success and fewer problems if we regulated marijuana in a similar fashion."

Kathy Inman
Kathy Inman Executive Director of MomForce AZ

"I’ve spent 40 years as a surgeon in Phoenix. I’ve seen a lot of the harmful side effects of alcohol, from bleeding ulcers to cirrhosis, to advanced cancers, to trauma patients and victims of violence. I’ve never seen these kinds of things with marijuana. Marijuana is less toxic than alcohol, less addictive, and less harmful to the body. To me, it’s a no-brainer. Adults should not be treated like criminals just for using a product that’s less harmful than alcohol."

Dr. Jeffrey Singer
Dr. Jeffrey Singer General Surgeon and Cato Institute Scholar

"The Arizona Democratic Party proudly supports Prop. 205. Regulating marijuana like alcohol will enhance public safety, promote social justice, and improve our education system by raising much-needed revenue for schools. These values are shared by Arizonans of all political persuasions, and it is my hope that they will vote ‘yes’ on Prop. 205.”

Alexis Tameron
Alexis Tameron Chair of the Arizona Democratic Party