Early voting is already underway in Arizona. Arizona voters are seeing marijuana legalization on the ballot for the first time. Proposition 205 would legalize personal amounts of marijuana in Arizona, and would create a taxed and regulated recreational marijuana industry. Arizona already has a medical marijuana program and industry.
Arizona has somewhat morphed into the front line of the war to reform marijuana, or if you are a prohibitionist, to keep prohibition in place. Out of all of the states that are voting to legalize marijuana next month, Arizona seems to be getting the most attention from prohibitionists. Perhaps it’s tied with Massachusetts, but either way, Arizona seems to be getting a lot of focus.
Recently Discount Tire made a huge donation to the opposition in Arizona, which is one of a handful of substantial donations made to the anti-legalization effort in Arizona. Those dollars have translated into a seemingly never ending stream of anti-marijuana ads on Arizona media outlets. But, despite all of that reefer madness rhetoric, voters appear to be unswayed according to a new poll. Per AZ Central:
Despite a barrage of TV ads warning Arizona voters of the potential consequences of legalizing marijuana, about half of those surveyed in a new poll support creation of a system to tax and regulate sales of the drug.
The Arizona Republic/Morrison/Cronkite News poll found 50 percent of the registered voters surveyed favor Proposition 205, which would legalize the drug for adults. Nearly 42 percent oppose it. And another 8 percent were undecided. The statewide telephone poll surveyed 779 registered voters between Oct. 10 and Oct. 15. The margin of error was 4 percentage points.
These poll results are encouraging, but it shouldn’t be an excuse for being complacent. Early voting is occurring as I type this, and with a 4 percent margin of error and an 8 percent undecided voter group, anything can happen in Arizona. If you live in Arizona, now is the time for the last final full court press. Arm yourself with the facts, and spread those facts as far as you can as often as you can between now and Election Day.