What's Up in Arizona?

Legal Status: Recreational cannabis is illegal, but medical cannabis is legal. 

Ballot Initiative Alert: Arizona will vote on recreational marijuana legalization during the November 2020 election. The ballot initiative, known as Proposition 207, would legalize the possession, use, cultivation and sale of marijuana for persons over the age of 21. You can learn more about the initiative here. Want to make your voice heard on this issue? Make sure you are registered to vote right now. 

  • Arizona will vote on a ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana in November 2020.
  • The Smart and Safe Arizona Act, which will be on the ballot as Proposition 207, would legalize possession, cultivation, and sale of recreational marijuana for adults 21 and over. It would also institute a 16% tax on marijuana sales and create a system for expunging many past marijuana crimes. 
  • Arizona voters narrowly rejected a marijuana legalization initiative at the ballot in 2016. Known as Proposition 205, the initiative was strong opposed by Gov. Doug Ducey, who helped raise millions of dollars to stop it. 48.7% voted YES and 51.3% voted NO. 
  • Arizona voters narrowly approved an initiative to legalize medical marijuana in Arizona in 2010. The state’s first medical marijuana dispensary opened in 2012.

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Where do Arizona's Senators Stand?

Sen. Martha McSally - R

1 Supports 4 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of allowing VA doctors to recommend cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted against preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema - D

3 Supports 2 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Cosponsors the SAFE Banking Act of 2019, which would allow banks to work with cannabis businesses that are legal at the state level.  (2019)
  • Cosponsored the SAFE Act of 2017, which would allow banks to provide services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2017)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of allowing VA doctors to recommend medical cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted in favor of preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)

Where do Arizona's Representatives Stand?

Rep. Tom O’Halleran (AZ-1) - D

3 Supports 2 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Voted in favor of the SAFE Banking Act of 2019, which allows banks to work with cannabis businesses that are legal at the state level. (2019)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2019)

Arizona’s 1st district covers the following counties:

Apache, Coconino, Graham, Greenlee, and Navajo. Also Gila (partial), Maricopa (partial), Mohave (partial), Pima (partial), Pinal (partial), and Yavapai (partial)

 

Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-2) - D

5 Supports 0 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Cosponsored the MORE Act, which would end the prohibition of cannabis at the federal level, expunge low-level cannabis convictions, and levy a 5% tax on cannabis sales to fund grants for communities that have been disproportionately harmed by cannabis prohibition. (2020)
  • Voted in favor of the SAFE Banking Act of 2019, which allows banks to work with cannabis businesses that are legal at the state level. (2019)
  • Cosponsors the SAFE Banking Act of 2019, which would allow banks to work with cannabis businesses that are legal at the state level.
  • Said she does not support the legalization of recreational marijuana. (2018)
  • Quote: “I think it’s critical that Arizona voters have the right to decide for themselves about marijuana legalization, just as they did when they passed Prop. 203 in 2010, which legalized medical marijuana in our state… As a former prosecutor, I have seen firsthand the need for tough policies to ensure marijuana stays out of the hands of children and that we crack down on use while driving.” (2016)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical marijuana patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting marijuana users and businesses in states where recreational marijuana is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of allowing VA doctors to recommend medical marijuana for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)

 

Arizona’s 2nd district covers the following counties:

Cochise County, Pima County (partial).

 

Rep. Raúl Grijalva (AZ-3) - D

5 Supports 0 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Cosponsors the MORE Act, which would end the prohibition of cannabis at the federal level, expunge low-level cannabis convictions, and levy a 5% tax on cannabis sales to fund grants for communities that have been disproportionately harmed by cannabis prohibition. (2019)
  • Voted in favor of the SAFE Banking Act of 2019, which allows banks to work with cannabis businesses that are legal at the state level. (2019)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2019)
  • Cosponsors the Marijuana Justice Act of 2019, which would end cannabis prohibition at the federal level, expunge federal cannabis convictions, reinvest in the communities that have been most harmed by cannabis prohibition, and penalize states that continue to disproportionately arrest people of color and low-income individuals for cannabis-related crimes. (2019)
  • Cosponsored the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017, which would end cannabis prohibition at the federal level. (2017)
  • Cosponsored the CARERS Act of 2017, which would prevent the federal government from interfering with state medical marijuana policy, end the federal prohibition of CBD, and allow VA doctors to recommend medical marijuana for veterans in states where it is legal. (2017)
  • Cosponsors the SAFE Banking Act of 2019, which would allow banks to work with cannabis businesses that are legal at the state level. (2019)
  • Cosponsors the SAFE Act of 2017, which would allow banks to provide services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2017)
  • Cosponsored the Veterans Equal Access Act, which would allow VA doctors to recommend medical cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2017)
  • Cosponsors the CARERS Act of 2017, which would prevent the federal government from interfering with state medical cannabis policy and end the federal prohibition of CBD. (2017)
  • Cosponsored the Veterans Equal Access Act, which would allow VA doctors to recommend cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal (2017)
  • Cosponsored the Charlotte’s Web Medical Access Act of 2017, which would end the federal prohibition of CBD. (2017)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of allowing VA doctors to recommend medical cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted in favor of preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)
  • Endorsed the legalization of cannabis in Arizona.

 

Arizona’s 3rd district covers the following counties:

Santa Cruz, Maricopa (partial), Pima (partial), Pinal (partial), and Yuma (partial).

 

Rep. Paul Gosar (AZ-4) - R

0 Supports 5 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Voted against the SAFE Banking Act of 2019, which allows banks to work with cannabis businesses that are legal at the state level. (2019)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2019)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against allowing VA doctors to recommend cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted against preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)

 

Arizona’s 4th district covers the following counties:

La Paz County, Gila (partial), Maricopa (partial), Mohave (partial), Pinal (partial), Yavapai (partial), and Yuma (partial).

 

Rep. Andy Biggs (AZ-5) - R

0 Supports 5 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Voted against the SAFE Banking Act of 2019, which allows banks to work with cannabis businesses that are legal at the state level. (2019)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2019)
  • During his tenure as President of the Arizona State Senate, Rep. Biggs introduced legislation that would have prohibited the state from spending any money from its general fund on medical cannabis research. (2014)

 

Arizona’s 5th district covers the following counties:

Gilbert, Queen Creek, Chandler (partial), and Mesa (partial).

 

Rep. David Schweikert (AZ-6) - R

4 Supports 1 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Voted in favor of the SAFE Banking Act of 2019, which allows banks to work with cannabis businesses that are legal at the state level. (2019)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of allowing VA doctors to recommend medical cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted in favor of preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)

 

Arizona’s 6th district covers the following counties:

Maricopa County (partial), Phoenix (partial)

 

Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ-7) - D

5 Supports 0 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Cosponsors the MORE Act, which would end the prohibition of cannabis at the federal level, expunge low-level cannabis convictions, and levy a 5% tax on cannabis sales to fund grants for communities that have been disproportionately harmed by cannabis prohibition. (2019)
  • Voted in favor of the SAFE Banking Act of 2019, which allows banks to work with cannabis businesses that are legal at the state level. (2019)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2019)
  • Cosponsors the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2019, which would end the prohibition of cannabis at the federal level. (2019)
  • Cosponsored the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, which would legalize and regulate cannabis at the federal level. (2018)
  • Cosponsors the SAFE Banking Act of 2019, which would allow banks to work with cannabis businesses that are legal at the state level. (2019)
  • Cosponsored the SAFE Act of 2017, which would allow banks to provide services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2017)
  • Cosponsored the Veterans Equal Access Act, which would allow VA doctors to recommend cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2018)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of allowing VA doctors to recommend medical cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)

 

Arizona’s 7th district covers the following counties:

Inner Phoenix, Glendale (partial).

 

Rep. Debbie Lesko (AZ-8) - R

0 Supports 5 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Voted against advancing the MORE Act, which would end the prohibition of cannabis at the federal level, expunge low-level cannabis convictions, and levy a 5% tax on cannabis sales to fund grants for communities that have been disproportionately harmed by cannabis prohibition. (2019)
  • Voted against the SAFE Banking Act of 2019, which allows banks to work with cannabis businesses that are legal at the state level. (2019)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2019)
  • When activists turned in enough petition signatures to put a cannabis legalization initiative on the Arizona ballot, Lesko tweeted: “Bad news for Arizona. This will only lead to more drug abuse and problems” (2016)
  • Declared her opposition to legalizing recreational cannabis in an op-ed piece. (2016)

Arizona’s 8th district covers the following counties:

Phoenix (partial), Maricopa.

 

Rep. Greg Stanton (AZ-9) - D

5 Supports 0 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Voted in favor of advancing the MORE Act, which would end the prohibition of cannabis at the federal level, expunge low-level cannabis convictions, and levy a 5% tax on cannabis sales to fund grants for communities that have been disproportionately harmed by cannabis prohibition. (2019)
  • Voted in favor of the SAFE Banking Act of 2019, which allows banks to work with cannabis businesses that are legal at the state level. (2019)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2019)
  • Cosponsors the SAFE Banking Act of 2019, which would allow banks to work with cannabis businesses that are legal at the state level. (2019)
  • According to NORML, “As mayor of Phoenix, Stanton has avoided multiple opportunities to defend the issue.” (2018)

 

Arizona’s 9th district covers the following counties:

Tempe, Phoenix (partial).

 

WHERE DOES ARIZONA'S GOVERNOR STAND?

Gov. Doug Ducey - R

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  • Signed a bill to legalize the production of industrial hemp. (2018)
  • Strongly opposed a ballot measure to legalize recreational cannabis in Arizona. (2016)

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