Arizona’s AG urges Legislature to legalize marijuana rather than risk voters deciding

Mark Brnovich

By Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services | Arizona Capitol Times

Attorney General Mark Brnovich wants state lawmakers to debate and enact a law allowing recreational marijuana use for adults, rather than risk an industry-crafted measure winning at the ballot box.

And even Gov. Doug Ducey, who remains personally opposed to recreational use, said he is open to the possibility of signing such a law as an alternative to an initiative. Brnovich told Capitol Media Services on Monday that the issues are far too complex to be left to a take-it-or-leave-it ballot measure. He said those issues deserve more discussion than 30-second TV ads pushed by proponents and foes.

“Generally speaking, as a matter of public policy, the public policy makers, i.e., the Legislature, should step up and address issues so voters don’t have to do it via the initiative process,” he said.

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