Arizona Activist Group Files Initiative to Legalize Marijuana

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Arizona Activist Group Files Initiative to Legalize Marijuana

Arizona could possibly vote to legalize recreational marijuana use in 2016.

A group backed by the Marijuana Policy Project filed an initiative last Friday that hopes to address the issue at the 2016 election, reports the AP.

The initiative would allow adults 21 or over to possess and grow limited amounts of marijuana. Public consumption would still be illegal.

The proposed law would also create a department to regulate and license all aspects of the state’s marijuana industry, and would impose a 15 percent marijuana tax on top of existing sales tax.

The filed initiative now needs to gather 150,000 signatures by July 16, 2015 to make the November 2016 ballot.

“There were some bumps in the road, but in the end everyone came together to produce the best possible law for Arizona,” said Carlos Alfaro, Arizona political director for the Marijuana Policy Project, in a statement. “We are united in this effort to end marijuana prohibition and replace it with a system in which marijuana is regulated and taxed similarly to alcohol.”

Story by Oscar Pascual at Smell The Truth. Be sure to check out Smell The Truth for all the latest and greatest cannabis news.