[File this under sore losers – Editor]
“It is a sad day, not just because Arizona, especially Arizona’s children, will suffer the consequences of legalizing recreational marijuana – but also because Prop 207 was borne out of deceit and self-interest. The marijuana industry misled voters in order to pass this self-serving measure. This un-elected group of wealthy marijuana insiders wrote the rules for their new industry and almost singlehandedly financed the proposition with one goal in mind; they get rich while Arizonans pay the price.
They told voters Prop 207 is only for adults, when teen use is highest in states with legalized recreational marijuana. They told us it would eliminate the black market, when the opposite has been well established. They told voters it would reform the criminal justice system, when less than .3% of those incarcerated in Arizona are there only for marijuana possession charges. They told voters it would raise revenue for colleges and infrastructure, but marijuana use derails students and results in lower academic achievements. They promised us millions in marijuana revenue, but Colorado spends far more on marijuana related expenses than it brings in through marijuana taxes.
Prop 207 was always about big money for big marijuana companies.
Going forward, parents especially must be on guard to protect their children from the dangers of widespread availability of marijuana. Arizonans must get on the road with a heightened sense of caution. Business owners must begin learning how they will keep their businesses, customers, and employees safe under the constraints Prop 207 creates.
The successful passage of Prop 207 sends a dangerous message to others who would exploit Arizona voters in an effort to line their own pockets. Prop 207 may have won, but Arizonans lost.”