Arizona voters approved Proposition 207, also known as the “Smart and Safe Arizona Act.” The initiative had approval from 60% of voters, legalizing recreational marijuana use and allowing storefronts to be established to sell products. It also allows individuals to grow small amounts for personal consumption. Prop. 207 Proponents responded to criticisms by making employer rights more explicit, ensuring workplace drug and alcohol use provisions that exist today will still go on as normal.
Medical marijuana has been legal in Arizona since 2016 and today more than 250,000 Arizonans are registered medical users. But now recreational use will also be allowed. Recreational operations will be regulated by the Arizona Department of Health Services, which also regulates the medical industry. The measure allows for over 100 storefront licenses, and established pharmacy owners will be the first in line to get them. About 20% are also reserved for owners from communities negatively impacted by drug policies.
Marijuana products will carry a 16% sales tax, the same as cigarettes and alcohol. Proponents say those sales will turn into hefty earnings for the state. Proponents say some $2.3 billion in expected revenue will be directed toward public services like fire departments and community colleges. And unlike the 2016 bill, Prop. 207 also gives people formerly convicted of a felony for certain marijuana-use crimes to apply to have their records expunged.
To know more detail on the law and find out your rights, attend this very informative session with our Speaker, Thom Cope a partner at Mesch Clark Rothschild law firm.