Friday, January 10, 2014

Arizona marijuana advocates likely to aim for 2016 ballot

Associated Press |

PHOENIX — Advocates for legalizing marijuana for recreational use aren’t likely to get a legalization proposal on Arizona’s ballot for voters to decide this year.

The Arizona Republic reports that the advocates are more likely to aim for the ballot in 2016, when an influential advocacy group is expected to fund an initiative.

Supporters of a measure that was intended for the November ballot have gathered just 10,000 of the 259,200 valid signatures needed by July 3 to qualify for the ballot.

The effort has no major financial backing to fund signature gathering.

Voters in Arizona have approved the use of marijuana to treat certain medical conditions such as chronic pain, cancer and muscle spasms.

The state says about 40,000 people have obtained pot cards since the start of the program.