Prop 205: far beyond decriminalizing recreational marijuana.

If you’re among those who believe individuals should have the right to use recreational marijuana, consider Prop 205. It makes using marijuana a statutory right.

Cindy Hamill

Cindy Hamill

As a right, the use of marijuana cannot be held against you, even as a driver. In Prop 205’s “findings,” it claims driving while impaired remains illegal, but the “findings” have little legal authority. On page 13 of the initiative it clearly states, “A person may not be penalized by this state for an action taken while under the influence of marijuana or a marijuana product solely because of the presence … of marijuana…”

As a right, employers couldn’t punish employees for using marijuana outside the office and landlords couldn’t keep tenants from growing it.

Prop 205 also deceptively states that local communities can ban retail pot shops — unless they already have medical marijuana dispensaries. Every local jurisdiction in Arizona has medical marijuana dispensaries. So, no, local communities would not have the right to refuse pot shops.

Prop 205 also creates more government to support the industry. The measure is clear — revenue from taxing the drug would first cover the bureaucracy created to  support the marijuana industry. Don’t be fooled.

Editor’s note: Ms. Hamill is a resident of Scottsdale

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