Wednesday, November 25, 2020 1:07 am

Organization opposing marijuana legalization waves the white flag

Group to endorse Smart and Safe Arizona Act

Arizona Cannabis Chamber of Commerce board member Mason Cave announced a rival plan for marijuana legalization in November. Now, that plan is dead and the group is supporting its former competitor, the Smart and Safe Arizona Act. /Ali Swenson

By Ali Swenson | Phoenix New Times

An Arizona group that six months ago announced grand plans for a rival proposal to legalize marijuana is giving up and endorsing its competitor’s ballot initiative, Phoenix New Times has learned.

The move by the insurgent Arizona Cannabis Chamber of Commerce (AZC3) helps pave the way for the dispensary-led Smart and Safe Arizona Act to earn votes at the ballot box this November.

“We would like to have seen some things changed in the initiative,” said AZC3 board member Mason Cave, “But at this point, with that being the only path forward, the board agreed to lend its support to Smart and Safe.”

AZC3 plans to announce the move publicly within the coming days. The group will also merge its board with the Marijuana Industry Trade Association of Arizona, which has endorsed the Smart and Safe Arizona Act, Cave confirmed.

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