By Ryan Randazzo | Arizona Republic
The backers of a measure to legalize marijuana in Arizona will make several “minor” changes following a legal review of the proposal by staff members of the state Legislature.
The 16-page “Smart and Safe Arizona Act” proposal was filed with the state in early August, and the backers opted for a review by the Legislative Council, a legislative committee that assists with the drafting of bills. The council responded with their review Friday.
The staff review by the nonpartisan committee is done mostly to assure the format and wording of the ballot measure is written and styled consistent with how bills are drafted at the Legislature, and also to address any potential conflicts the measure would create.
The biggest issue with Arizona legalizing marijuana is, of course, that it would conflict with federal law. That’s the first thing the review pointed out.