Safer Arizona Tells Sheriff Joe Arpaio "Marijuana Is Safer Than Alcohol"
What is Safer Arizona?
Safer Arizona is a statewide collective of volunteers working to create safer communities and better futures for everyone by ending marijuana prohibition. We are currently sponsoring an initiative to amend the Arizona state constitution to allow for legal, taxed, and regulated marijuana/cannabis/industrial hemp use and commerce.
Our group filed the measure in June 2013 with the secretary of state. It now aims to gather over 260,000 valid voter signatures by July 3, 2014 to qualify for the November 2014 ballot. Unlike the Colorado initiative that legalized marijuana, Safer Arizona is not funded by any corporation or big business. We are completely funded by out of pocket donations from volunteers and supporters.
We have come a long way since we started and have made huge impacts in the overall movement. Before Safer Arizona was formed it was taboo to even speak of marijuana legalization in Arizona Legislation. Since our beginning we have reached tens of thousands of people and inspired our state representatives to file a decriminalization and a legalization bill; however, both of these bills died because Representative Farnsworth refused to even give the bill a hearing.
Now we must rely on our original ballot initiative to achieve success in 2014. If this initiative fails then we need to prepare for our 2016 initiative. The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) is scheduled to file an Arizona legalization initiative in 2015 for the 2016 election ballot and they will be fully funded which means they will pay people to collect the signatures. Safer Arizona will be alongside them to support the movement but we need to unite now. The MPP legalized medical marijuana in Arizona and were responsible for adding in the 25 mile rule that prohibits patients from growing their own medicine if they live within a 25 mile radius of a dispensary forcing patients to pay the steep dispensary prices. A policy like the 25 mile rule is not in the best interest of the people has effectively monopolized the medical marijuana industry. Sometime it makes it impossible for patients to get the medical treatment they require. We must ensure we stay focused, have our voices heard by the MPP, have a say in the context, and file an initiative that is truly for the people of Arizona. Join the Safer Arizona community today and help us make history.