Is the Arizona Legalization Battle a Template for Future Fights?
The deep-pocketed forces aligned against adult-use cannabis legalization in Arizona indicate some of the strategies (and types of players) one can expect in the 21 states that have not legalized cannabis.
Interestingly, according to Bourque, while the forces that defeated legalization in Arizona "are getting help from an influential, if informal, coalition of evangelicals, Catholics, and Mormons, who are motivating their flocks to vote against", a similar effort failed in Arkansas. (Perhaps this is because the Arkansas effort was to legalize medicinal cannabis, while the Arizona effort was for adult-use which, even in California, took 20 years).
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