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State

Arizona, 15th state with legal pot, sees recreational sales

Legal sales of recreational marijuana in Arizona started on Friday, a once-unthinkable step in the former conservative stronghold that joins 14 other states that have broadly legalized pot. The state Health Services Department on Friday announced it had approved 86 licenses in nine of the state’s 15 counties under provisions of the marijuana legalization measure

Opinion

Opinion: Drugs (Except Nicotine) Win on Election Day

Americans sent a clear message on Election Day that it is time to end the war on drugs. Every ballot measure to decriminalize or legalize drugs received overwhelming approval from voters. There was, however, one notable exception: nicotine. Voters in five states approved marijuana legalization measures. Arizona, New Jersey and Montana approved recreational marijuana, South Dakota legalized

Legal Beat

Oregon leads the way in decriminalizing hard drugs

In a first in the nation, Oregon has rejected charging drug users with criminal offenses, with voters passing a ballot measure that decriminalizes possession of heroin, methamphetamine, LSD, oxycodone and other hard drugs. “Today’s victory is a landmark declaration that the time has come to stop criminalizing people for drug use,” said Kassandra Frederique, executive

State

David Stringer Speaks on Prop 207: Opposes it but Supports De-felonizing

In a recent talk before the Highway 69 Republican Club, local attorney and former State Representative David Stringer spoke on the proposal to legalize marijuana in Arizona, known as Proposition 207. While in the legislature he served on the Judiciary Committee and co-founded a bipartisan study group on criminal justice reform. One of the proposals

Opinion

Opinion: State-Level Marijuana Decriminalization Is Not Enough; Here’s Why Legalization Is Necessary

Statewide marijuana policies are rapidly evolving. A majority of the public now believes that marijuana prohibition must come to an end, and a growing number of politicians are similarly calling for alternatives to criminalization. The two most commonly debated policy alternatives to the status quo of marijuana prohibition are decriminalization or legalization. To date, 27 states and

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