The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (CRMLA) is gaining support from political figures as the organizers of the Initiative prepare to submit the required number of valid signatures to qualify for the November ballot. Congressman Ruben Gallego (D-Phoenix), an Iraq War Veteran, has recently publicly endorsed CRMLA. Although the Congressman has stated that he does not consume cannabis personally, he is a full believer that regulating a substance many Arizona’s already use will make things safer for everyone. Provisions requiring recreational dispensary marijuana to be tested for pesticides and taxed at 15% for the Arizona School Systems make it easy to see why even those who do not consume support this Initiative.
While there are those in office who have publicly voiced their favor for legalization, many others like Congressman Matt Salmon, are adamant in conveying their opposition. One of Congressman Salmons’ arguments is, “At a time when government should be shrinking and we should be having less government in our lives, the last thing I want to see is one more initiative that creates other levels of government.” This statement is highly ironic considering the amount of government regulation and enforcement in place to prevent Americans from obtaining marijuana in the last decade.
As the time to vote draws nearer things are sure to heat up on both sides of the debate. Our hope is that the people of Arizona research the Initiative and legalization to gain information, rather than be swayed by political propaganda.
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