Letter to the editor: Manipulating Arizona voters
With Proposition 205, the effort to legalize marijuana for recreational use, the creators of this initiative - the representatives of Arizona’s medical marijuana industry and the Marijuana Policy Project - want the debate to focus on feelings, whether you think marijuana is harmless or harmful.
What they do not want is people reading the initiative and making an informed choice on Nov. 8. If this initiative is passed it is law, a governor cannot repeal it, the legislature cannot repeal it and any amendment proposed regarding it, can only, “further the purpose” of the initiative.
With this in mind read ARS 36-2856 (A) from the initiative: “A locality … may not prohibit a recognized marijuana business established by a nonprofit medical marijuana establishment.” A “locality” is any city, town or county. If a current medical marijuana business is operating in those places it is protected from local government ordinances to regulate the marijuana industry that may be viewed as restricting their efforts to make a profit.
The medical marijuana industry in Arizona co-wrote this initiative with the intent to set up a monopoly for themselves. Should this proposition pass, in the first year of the law’s existence only medical marijuana business owners are allowed to obtain any of the five classes of licenses related to marijuana businesses. After the first year any other person or business group will be required to follow the listed rules and requirements written in the initiative to establish a marijuana related business.
Proposition 205 is an effort to manipulate voters into establishing a small group of people as pot barons of Arizona, on Nov. 8 vote “NO” on Prop. 205.
Ivan Anderson, Cottonwood