Arizona Proposition 207: Recreational Marijuana Initiative

By KJZZ News
Published: Friday, August 28, 2020 - 2:32pm
Updated: Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 11:27am

Signs for and against Proportion 207
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Signs for and against Proposition 207 in north Phoenix.

Arizona Proposition 207, also know as the Smart and Safe Arizona Act, is an initiative on the legalization of recreational marijuana. 

The law would allow limited marijuana possession, use, and cultivation by adults 21 or older; amend criminal penalties for marijuana possession; ban smoking marijuana in public; impose a 16% excise tax on marijuana sales to fund public programs; authorize state/local regulation of marijuana licensees; and allow expungement of marijuana offenses.

100-Word Summary

This Act permits limited possession, transfer, cultivation and use of marijuana (as defined) by individuals 21 years old or older, protects employer and property owner rights; bans smoking in public places; imposes a 16% excise tax on marijuana to fund public safety, community colleges, infrastructure and public health and community programs; authorizes state and local regulations for the safe sale and production of marijuana by a limited number of licensees; requires impairment to the slightest degree for marijuana DUIs; tranfers monies from the Medical Marijuana Fund; permits expungemnt of some marijuana violations; and prescribes penalites for violations.

Source: Smart and Safe Arizona Act campaign

What You'll See On The Ballot

A “YES” vote shall have the effect of allowing adults 21 years or older to use, possess, or transfer up to one ounce of marijuana and cultivate for personal use not more than six marijuana plants at a primary residence; banning smoking marijuana in public places and open spaces; amending criminal classifications and penalties for marijuana possession and use; allowing the retail sale of marijuana at licensed establishments; imposing a 16% excise tax on marijuana sales to fund community colleges, infrastructure, public safety, and public health programs; authorizing state and local regulation of the sale and production of marijuana by a capped number of licensees; and allowing courts to vacate and expunge certain marijuana arrests, charges, adjudications, convictions, or sentences.

A “NO” vote shall have the effect of retaining current law regarding the use of marijuana.

Source: Arizona Secretary of State's Office

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