Arizonans won’t be legally purchasing marijuana for recreational purposes in the near future as the initiative to legalize marijuana recreationally in Arizona in 2014 fell short of the 250,000 signatures needed to get onto the ballot.
Safer Arizona announced that they have officially stopped gathering signatures as it seemed unattainable to reach the necessary number of signatures by the required date. Mikel Weisser, director of Safer Arizona said, “It was around a third of what we were after. It’s not going to be a number that we are rallying behind; it’s a benchmark to improve from.” It seemed as if the initiative was doomed to fail from the beginning due to a lack of manpower and funding. [pullquote]“One of the things we have is tens of thousands of people who have already signed for us, and hundreds of people who have already volunteered for us and now we will be able to build out of that a much mightier ballot initiative.”[/pullquote]
The ballot initiative even received some pushback from Arizona medical marijuana professionals because they felt it would have disrupted their current business models.
Weisser and other pro-legalization members in Arizona are already gearing up for the 2016 initiative and are confident that they will be able to gather the necessary signatures needed to truly make a run at legalization. He went to say, “One of the things we have is tens of thousands of people who have already signed for us, and hundreds of people who have already volunteered for us and now we will be able to build out of that a much mightier ballot initiative.”