Although it seems as though Arizona doesn’t ever want to change, sometimes the people speak up and make it happen anyway. Proposition 205 is a very good example of that kind of rare occurrence for the Grand Canyon State. Just because Arizona’s public image is that of a stubborn old cowboy, ready to defend the customs and habits he’s been used to for over a hundred and fifty years, doesn’t mean that new ideas can’t be welcomed into the log cabin.
Proposition 205 allows people 21 or older to use marijuana in private, that is, not in public view. Both medical marijuana and recreational marijuana would not be allowed in schools and employers would still have the right to maintain a no-cannabis policy at the workplace. Also, it would be against the law to drive while under the influence of marijuana, and landlords could lawfully prohibit tenants from using it in their homes.
You could be fined up to $300 if you use cannabis in a public place, but you would be allowed to possess up to one ounce of the herb at any given time. You would also be able to grow as many as six plants in your home without a cultivator’s license. Pretty cool.
Medical marijuana dispensaries that were open before election-day are allowed to apply for a recreational marijuana shop license, which would cost $5,000 just for the application, and if they are approved, the actual license would cost another $20,000. Recreational cannabis shop licenses according to Proposition 205 must not exceed 10% of the total number of liquor licenses in Arizona.
Our governor Ducey will appoint someone to oversee the new Department of Marijuana Licenses and Control and that would be the governing body that regulates everything cannabis. There will also be a Marijuana Commission and that would have seven appointed members. Three of the members would be somehow connected to the pot industry, while the four others would be independent of it. There will also be an investigations crew within the Department and they would look into any sales of cannabis to people under 21 and keep their eyes on all unlicensed sales of marijuana.
It’s great to see Arizona going through changes that bring the state into the present way of American thinking. We respect old traditions and the frontier way of life but there is more to life out there than roping cattle and mending fences.