Petition Effort to Legalize Recreational Use of Marijuana in Arizona Fails

Petition Effort to Legalize Recreational Use of Marijuana in Arizona Fails

Safer Arizona was only able to gather about 75,000 of the needed 150,642 signatures.

July 6, 2018

PHOENIX — Arizonans aren’t going to get a chance to decide whether they want to legalize recreational use of marijuana, at least not this year.

David Wisniewski, chairman of Safer Arizona, revealed Thursday he and other volunteers had been able to gather only about 75,000 signatures on petitions that would have removed all criminal penalties for simple possession of marijuana and made things like selling to a minor a civil fine.

He needed 150,642 signatures by Thursday’s 5 p.m. deadline to put the measure on the November ballot.

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