Cannabis consumers, rejoice! The Associated Press is calling the race in favor of approving recreational marijuana in Arizona.
With 75 percent of votes counted, 60 percent of voters are favoring Proposition 207, the Smart and Safe Arizona Act.
Arizona’s cannabis industry association celebrated an early victory after initial results came in showing the legal marijuana well ahead.
People at the Marijuana Industry Trade Association of Arizona Zoom watch party chanted “We love weed!” and popped bottles of champagne after initial results showed the initiative up 60 percent.
Sam Richard, executive director of the Arizona Dispensaries Association, initially urged caution but sounded confident as he left the party around 8:30 p.m.
“Congratulations to the industry, congratulations to patients… this is such a great night,” Richard said.
The initiative would allow adults 21 and older to legally possess up to an ounce of marijuana and five grams of concentrates, and grow six plants. It also provides for the establishment of licensed dispensaries built on top of the current medical marijuana system.
Pro 207 campaign manager Stacy Pearson told Phoenix New Times, “I think the big message is that the war on drugs is a failure and Arizona voters know it.” While COVID-19 prevented any gathering, she said they were celebrating via Zoom.
This is the second time Arizona has voted on an initiative to legalize recreational marijuana since authorizing the use of medical marijuana in 2010 by a razor-thin margin. The most recent effort, Proposition 205, fell short in 2016, with only 48.7 percent of voters supporting the measure against the 51.3 percent opposed.
This time around, the initiative drew less attention in a crowded field as many of its opponents focused on Proposition 208 instead. The campaign in favor of the measure raised a total of $5.5 million to the opposing