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Opponents of a ballot measure to legalize marijuana in Arizona threaten a looming catastrophe of liability lawsuits for employers.

From the start, Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy, an anti-legalization political action committee led by conservative radio show host Seth Leibsohn and Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk, has maintained (see PDF below) that the initiative known as the Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act (RTMA) would take away employers’ control over their own business operations.


polk-leibsohn-fleeing-questionsRay Stern | Toke of the Town

Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk and talk-show host Seth Leibsohn don’t want Arizonans to be able to decide whether marijuana should remain a felony-level drug or become as legal as beer.

But following a brief hearing regarding the lawsuit they filed seeking to nullify a measure widely expected to appear on ballots this November, they didn’t care to elaborate for the edification of New Times readers.


Governor Ducey imagines Arizona students lounging around, stoned out of their minds on marijuana-laced lollipops.

A Scottsdale mom worries about pot stores on every corner.

The Arizona Public Health Association sees benefits as well as risks.

Arizona voters will find these opinions and more among the pro and con arguments for Arizona’s marijuana-legalization initiative that the state published last week. It’s an entertaining, albeit lopsided, glimpse into various views on the issue.

proposition-d-ballot-revision-measure-marijuana-englander-ucba-angelesGustavo Turner/L.A. Weekly

In November California voters will have a chance to legalize recreational marijuana — and speculators are licking their lips at the prospect of a green rush in the Golden State. One analysis says California’s legal pot revenues could more than double — from $2.7 billion in 2015 to $6.6 billion in 2020 — if we fully legalize cannabis.

But in the biggest marijuana market in the United States (the city of Los Angeles has more dispensaries than the entire state of Colorado), the industry’s growth could lag, even if recreational weed is passed by voters.

An organization that represents the majority of legit (medical) marijuana shops in L.A. is pushing to cap the city’s number of dispensaries — medical or not — at 135. The organization, the United Cannabis Business Alliance (UCBA), has just filed its initiative language with the L.A. City Attorney’s Office …

latinos-marijuana-auma-legalizationTimothy Norris/L.A. Weekly

Latinos have been depicted as having an intimate and historic relationship with marijuana. Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa and his men are said to have smoked pot and brought it with them when they crossed the border, helping to inspire American prohibition early last century. The 1978 film Up in Smoke featuring Cheech Marin made cannabis appear to be an everyday elixir for Mexican-Americans and hippies alike. But the truth about Latinos and weed is little more complex.

Older and immigrant Latinos tend to be more socially conservative, particularly when it comes to drug use. The Public Policy Institute of California said last year that a majority of Latinos are opposed to full legalization for pot.

That’s why those who are allied against the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, or Proposition 63 (the recreational marijuana initiative slated for November’s ballot in California), are counting on Latino voters to help them defeat it.

california-democrats-endorse-auma-marijuanaGustavo Turner/L.A. Weekly

California’s dominant political party is saying yes to drugs.

The California Democratic Party’s executive board met in Long Beach over the weekend. It voted to endorse a number of ballot measures, including the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), which is headed for your vote in November.

The initiative would legalize holding up to an ounce of weed for those older than 21 — no doctor’s note necessary.


cannabus-screenshot-youtubeRay Stern | Toke of the Town

Stacey Theis spent untold hours in recent months tooling across Arizona in her bright-green CannaBus, talking to voters and collecting signatures for a grassroots marijuana-legalization campaign.

After Wednesday’s announcement by the group, Arizonans for Mindful Regulation, that it was halting its 2016 petition drive a month before the state’s July 7 deadline to hand in signatures, Theis and other volunteers wanted to keep working toward their goal. AZFMR’s website claims that more than 114,000 signatures have been gathered, and Theis believes it’s possible to collect and turn in the 150,652 valid signatures needed to make the ballot.


billboard-marijuana-group-01Ray Stern | Toke of the Town

A group that wants to legalize marijuana in Arizona unveiled a Father’s Day-themed billboard on Thursday that urges regulation in order to keep cannabis out of kids’ hands.

“Please, card my son,” reads the digital billboard on the southwest corner of Seventh and Lincoln streets. “Regulate the sale of marijuana and help me keep it out of his hands.”

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