The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (CRMLA) has filed a lawsuit against Arizona Secretary of State, Michele Reagan, over the ballot language voters will see in November. Monday’s lawsuit seeks removal of state officials’ description due to false and misleading information that will hinder full understanding of what Proposition 205 entails.
The key components missing include:
- Concealing where the 15% Arizona Recreational Marijuana Sales Tax will be allocated. A majority of the 15% taxation will be allocated to the Arizona Educational System including K-12 schooling and all-day Kindergarten. Nearly every other voter initiative on the November 2016 ballot with new revenue will have a detailed explanation of where that money will be used.
- The wrongful statement that individuals over the age of 21 years would have the right to purchase recreational marijuana. Proposition 205 in fact allows individuals 21 and over to purchase.
- The description inaccurately portrays how offenses will be handled under the proposed law, including recreational use in public.
CRMLA attorney, Kory Langhofer stated, “The Secretary of State’s Office responded that it would not make any of the changes or revisions requested by the Plaintiffs”. Without these revisions voters who have not read the initiative will be unable to make an decision based off of accurate information.This is a disservice to the citizens of Arizona and an example of a state representative abusing their power to misinform the Arizona public.