Thursday, the Arizona Supreme Court issued its ruling allowing the “Smart and Safe Arizona” initiative (Proposition 207) to remain on the ballot despite concerns over deficiencies in its 100-word statement.
Lisa James, Chairwoman for Arizonans for Health and Public Safety issued the following statement. “We are disappointed in the decision, which sets a concerning precedent for our voter initiative process going forward. Our goal was to ensure voters were informed. But neither the 100-word statement or this decision will stop us from educating voters from now through November on the dangers of this sweeping 17-page initiative.”
“We are deeply disappointed by the court’s decision,” said lead counsel and former Congressman, John Shadegg. “The purpose of the 100-word summary is to provide a transparent description of what the measure will do. This summary was anything but that. The message this ruling sends is that voters cannot trust the 100-word summary. In this case Big Marijuana sought to deceive Arizona voters and got away with it.”
“Now that this has advanced to the ballot, it’s time for Arizonans to be taking a close look at all 17 pages. This is an initiative that will harm our kids, put us at more risk on the road, hurt Arizona’s economy, and lock us into bad policy,” said James. “Marijuana could be legalized in two pages. But that’s not what they did. Big Marijuana spent millions of dollars to craft language that will bring big money to their pocketbooks. We’re confident that once informed, Arizonans will reject this in November.”