By Derrick Stanley
Organizers of one of Arizona's initiatives to legalize recreational use of marijuana has fallen short of its goal to collect the required 150, 642 valid signatures by the deadline, with only about 120,000 collected.
Arizonans for Mindful Regulation is now trying to kill the remaining measure, but the organization's website says that they will regroup for 2018.
The remaining measure, the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, will almost certainly make the ballot. The group claims to have more than 200,000 names on petitions within plenty of time for the July 7 deadline.
The measure still alive says anything over 2 1/2 ounces remains a felony. The proposal by Arizonans for Mindful Regulation made possession of any amount up to eight ounces a misdemeanor.
Had both measures qualified for the ballot, it could have created confusion for voters who may have been unaware they could vote for both. That raised the potential of splitting the pro-marijuana vote, leaving each measure short of the majority.
Arizonans for Mindful Regulation organizer Jason Medar said that he and his allies are forming a political committee to try to convince voters to reject the other initiative.