It’s a big year for legal marijuana in the U.S. 9 states were voting for either recreational or medical cannabis; all states up for medical passed as well as the states that were up for recreational except one – Arizona.
Arizona has had medical marijuana since 1996 and currently has around 100,000 cardholders; Proposition 205 would have made recreational marijuana legal for Arizona adults who are not cardholders. The Arizona voting polls in early November of 2016 unfortunately resulted in 52% voting no and 48% voting yes.
In 2018 Arizona could have a new medical marijuana initiative that will expand the amount of ailments and illnesses that can be approved for a medical marijuana card, adding 20 more ailments that would be acceptable, Tourette’s syndrome being one of them. Included in the initiative is more of an opportunity to grow your own plants; currently you must live at least 25 miles from the nearest dispensary and this initiative would bring it down to 1 mile. In addition, there will be a significantly cheaper fee; currently it’s $150. The initiative would bring it down to $10. As long as medical marijuana advocates can collect 150,000+ signatures from Arizona residents by July of 2018, this Initiative will make it onto 2018 voting ballots.
With such a close call for recreational marijuana, the chances of Arizona getting all the signatures they need for their new medical marijuana initiative are big. The 100,000+ cardholders already make up more than half of the signatures needed, paving a very potential path for revised and improved medical marijuana.
Source: the weed blog