PHOENIX — Unable to qualify for the ballot this year, organizers of one of the initiatives to legalize recreational use of marijuana in Arizona are now trying to defeat the remaining measure.
Arizonans for Mindful Regulation has quietly shelved its plans to put its proposal on the November ballot. Organizer Jason Medar said the group has only about 120,000 signatures, far short of the 150,642 it would need by July 7.
The organization, however, is not going away. Its website says it is regrouping for 2018. Medar said with volunteers already in place and more time he is convinced it can qualify for that year’s ballot.
But it’s what will happen next that is most significant: Medar and his allies are forming a political committee to try to persuade voters to reject the other initiative.
That measure, pushed under the banner of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, is virtually certain to make the ballot. Fueled by more than $1 million in donations, the group claims it already has more than 200,000 names on petitions. [Read more at the Arizona Daily Star]