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WIRE: Arizona Yes on Prop. 205 Campaign responds to Gov. Ducey criticism

PHOENIX — The campaign in support of Proposition 205, the initiative to regulate marijuana like alcohol in Arizona, responded Tuesday to criticism leveled at the campaign on Friday by Gov. Doug Ducey. At a news conference, Ducey reportedly said, “I would check your facts when you say something is not addictive, that something’s safer than alcohol.”

In response, the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol has compiled an extensive list of facts — available below and online at https://www.regulatemarijuanainarizona.org/safer — that demonstrate marijuana is less toxic than alcohol, less addictive, and less likely to contribute to violent behavior. The campaign also challenged Ducey to check his facts and explain why he believes alcohol is safer than marijuana. NOTE: Contrary to the governor’s statement, the campaign has never said marijuana is “not addictive;” it has simply said that marijuana is less addictive than alcohol, which is a position shared by the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine.

Statement from J.P. Holyoak, chair of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol:

“Gov. Ducey suggested we check our facts about marijuana and alcohol, and we were happy to oblige. The facts are simple. Marijuana is less toxic, less addictive, and less likely to be associated with aggressive or violent behavior.

“Given these facts, we are left to wonder why Gov. Ducey would want to punish adults who prefer to use marijuana instead of alcohol. This is an especially important question to consider in light of the support he has shown for alcohol use in Arizona. We certainly do not object to Gov. Ducey’s support for legislation to expand the availability of beer and wine. But if he is going to do so while prohibiting adults from using marijuana, it is he who needs to check his facts.”

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The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol is supporting Proposition 205, an initiative on the November 2016 ballot that would end marijuana prohibition in Arizona and replace it with a system in which marijuana is regulated and taxed like alcohol. For more information, visit http://www.RegulateMarijuanaAZ.org.

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