Why Vote YES on Prop. 205?
- It will replace a dangerous underground market with a tightly regulated system. Marijuana will be produced and sold by licensed businesses instead of cartels and criminals.
- Law enforcement officials will be able to spend more time addressing serious crimes instead of enforcing failed prohibition laws. There are approximately 13,000 adults arrested for marijuana possession every year, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, and these cases take up time and resources that police, prosecutors, judges, and court staff could use on more important things. .
- Marijuana businesses will be required to test their products and adhere to strict packaging and labeling requirements to ensure they are not contaminated and that consumers know what they are getting.
- Unlike illegal dealers, businesses that sell marijuana will ask customers for ID and only sell to adults.
- Marijuana consumers will not be exposed to other illegal products that are often found in the underground market.
- According to a fiscal analysis by the Arizona Joint Legislative Budget Committee, the initiative will raise approximately $123 million in annual revenue for the state and localities, with more than $55 million dedicated to full-day kindergarten programs and general aid to K-12 schools.
- A regulated marijuana market for adults will foster new companies that create and support thousands of jobs and utilize the products and services of other local businesses.
- Adults will no longer be punished for using a product that is objectively less harmful than alcohol to the consumer and to society. Possession of any amount of marijuana is a felony in Arizona, and according to the state’s Department of Public Safety, there were approximately 138,000 arrests for simple adult marijuana possession from 2005-2014.
- The initiative will repeal marijuana prohibition laws that disproportionately impact communities of color. African-Americans in Arizona are 2.4 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than whites despite similar rates of use, according to a 2010 report by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).