By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Daily Star
A group of businesses has united to oppose the initiative being circulated to legalize marijuana in Arizona for recreational use.
But it’s not that members of the Arizona Cannabis Chamber of Commerce want to keep all adults from being able to use the drug. It’s that they don’t like some of the provisions — particularly one that would give the companies that already sell medical marijuana a virtual monopoly on the recreational market.
So they’re crafting their own version of the initiative in hopes that lawmakers who share similar sentiments will put theirs on the 2020 ballot as an alternative.
“We’re pro adult use,” said Mason Cave, a member of the advisory board, which is composed of some independent dispensaries, consultants and suppliers. “We just think there’s a better way to do it than what the initiative has proposed.”
Issue No. 1: Who gets to sell the drug.