PHOENIX — The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol announced a wide variety of political endorsements for Prop. 205, including several progressive, conservative, and libertarian individuals and organizations, at a news conference in front of the Arizona State Capitol on Wednesday. A full list of endorsements is available at https://www.RegulateMarijuanaInArizona.org/Endorsements.
The Arizona Democratic Party officially endorsed Prop. 205, and U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva (AZ-3) became the second member of Arizona’s congressional delegation to throw his support behind the measure, joining Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ-7). Prop. 205 also received endorsements from nearly a dozen state legislators, two members of the Tucson City Council, two members of the Tempe City Council, a member of the Maricopa City Council, as well as Las Adelitas Arizona, a Latina-focused civic engagement organization.
Prop. 205 also picked up several endorsements from the other side of the political spectrum, including the La Paz County Republican Committee, the Arizona Liberty Caucus, Arizona Libertarian Party Chairman Michael Kielsky, Cato Institute Adjunct Scholar Dr. Jeffrey Singer, and former Arizona Senate Majority Leader Dr. Tom Patterson, a past president of the Arizona Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians who served as chairman of the Goldwater Institute from 2000-2015.
Statement from Arizona Democratic Party Chair Alexis Tameron:
“The Arizona Democratic Party proudly supports Prop. 205. Regulating marijuana like alcohol will enhance public safety, promote social justice, and improve our education system by raising much-needed revenue for schools. These values are shared by Arizonans of all political persuasions, and it is my hope that they will vote ‘yes’ on Prop. 205.”
Statement from Dr. Tom Patterson, former Arizona Senate Majority Leader and chair of the Goldwater Institute:
“Prohibition of marijuana, like alcohol, simply doesn’t work and never will. It wastes huge amounts of taxpayers’ money and is counterproductive. The results are lawlessness, black markets and ruined lives. Prop. 205 is a rational, enlightened effort to resist excessive government interference in our lives. As an added bonus, it will provide tools to reduce the access of minors to a drug that may be harmful to them.”
Statement from CRMLA Chair J.P. Holyoak:
“This is not an issue of left versus right. It is an issue of right versus wrong. It is wrong to force marijuana into the criminal market, where it is entirely uncontrolled and the money benefits cartels and criminals. It is wrong to use our limited law enforcement resources to enforce failed prohibition policies when they could be used to address serious crimes. And it is wrong to criminalize thousands of Arizona adults each year simply for using a substance that is less harmful than alcohol. You don’t need to be Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, or Green to recognize that regulating marijuana like alcohol is the right thing to do.”
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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.RegulateMarijuana.org.