Judge Rules Arizona’s Adult-Use Cannabis Measure Can Appear on November Ballot
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Judge Rules Arizona’s Adult-Use Cannabis Measure Can Appear on November Ballot

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge James Smith rejected claims that the 100-word summary on the initiative was misleading.

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August 10, 2020

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge James Smith has rejected claims that the 100-word summary on an initiative to place an adult-use cannabis legalization measure on Arizona’s 2020 ballot was misleading, meaning the issue can be placed before voters this November, according to a Tucson.com report.

Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy filed a lawsuit last month to keep the measure off the state’s ballot, claiming that the initiative’s description misled people into signing the petition to put the issue before voters this fall through its definition of “marijuana” and how the law might impact impaired driving in the state.

In a 15-page ruling on Aug. 7, Smith said, “At 100 words, the summary also cannot include everything. That is why the full initiative must accompany the petition.”

Smith also shot down opponents’ suggestions that voters might not understand all the implications of the measure, such as changing laws on advertising and driving under the influence of drugs, Tucson.com reported.