Marijuana Policy Project files Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act

The Marijuana Policy Project is sponsoring a campaign to regulate marijuana like alcohol in Arizona.

The “Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act” was filed with the Arizona Secretary of State office April 17, according to the campaign’s website.

The application asks for a 15 percent tax on retail marijuana sales; to allow adults 21 year or older to possess, privately consume, and grow limited amounts of marijuana; to allow licensed businesses to produce and sell marijuana; to establish a Department of Marijuana Licenses and Control; and to give local governments the authority to regulate marijuana businesses.

The application, part of a larger campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, was filed by Carlos Alfaro, co-director, of Scottsdale.

Representatives from the Marijuana Policy Project, Safer Arizona and the Arizona marijuana business community also contributed to filing the application, the website states.

The application paves the way for a citizen petition, which would allow the initiative to be written on the November 2016 ballot. The petition needs 150,642 signatures by July 7, 2016 to send the initiative to vote.

According to the application, revenue from the retail tax on marijuana “will be allocated to public health and education.”

The Department of Marijuana Licenses and Control would have the authority “to regulate the cultivation, manufacturing, testing, transportation, and sale of marijuana.”

The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol seeks to replace the underground market with licenses businesses and bolster the economy through tax revenue, the website states.

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